Embracing 2014: My New Years Resolutions

#DailyWings: “Nothing truly innovative, nothing that has advanced art, business, design, or humanity, was ever created in the face of genuine certainty or perfect information.” -Jonathan Fields

For what might possibly be the first time ever, I feel like it’s time for a new year. So much happened in 2013 that it seems only natural to “turn the page” and start a new chapter of this book that we call life. (Technically, “Chapter 2014” refers to the 2014th year of the Gregorian calendar rather than that of my personal life…I’m 21, not 2014, years old after all!) Note – this doesn’t necessarily mean I’m ready for 2014. On the contrary, my body experiences all sorts of physical reactions – my arms quiver, my heart palpitates at an alarming rate, my mind goes into panic mode – whenever I even think about life after college. There’s one more semester left. Graduation is in May. Anything beyond that is up in the air. 

As much as I consider myself a fan of spontaneity, the truth is that I’m much calmer when everything is planned out accordingly. Besides things like birthday surprises, I like to know what’s going to take place in the future (except for movie and book spoilers…talk about party poopers). What I would like to happen may indeed be the total opposite of what actually happens. Thus, I hope to be flexible in 2014. To stay open-minded and not get discouraged if things go awry. 

I have been an adamant goal-setter since 2008 when I started making new years resolutions using an incentives system and Chris Guillbeau’s annual review spreadsheet. If you’re a planner like me, you might be interested in my guide: 5 Steps to a Resolution You’ll Stick With. You can find out if I met my 2013 goals here

Once again, I’ve compiled a list of New Years resolutions and gleaned from it my top 10. Here they are: 


Ultimately, this year will be a transition period for me. For the past eight years, I’ve been focused on things like my education and social life and independence. The falls and springs have been marked with numbers – class grades, grade point averages, standardized test scores – that determined where I would go next. Summers were spent either in China or Chapel Hill for internships and extra classes. But not this summer. For once, I’m going to have time (!) to think about who I want to be and what comes next in my book. Not what should come next according to social expectations, but what I want to come next. 

The book of my life (all 21 chapters) has been continuously written for me – until now. Whether I like it or not, this is the year that everything changes. This is where the real writing begins.


What are your New Years resolutions? If you could give 2014 your own theme, what would it be?

One response to “Embracing 2014: My New Years Resolutions”

  1. Katie Cross says:

    Meditate is definitely on my list as well!

    I find that the strongest writing often comes from pieces that I’ve thought over the most.

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