For the past couple years, I’ve boycotted “New Years Resolutions” but I’ve heard a lot of positive ideas about setting monthly resolutions. This year I decided to go for it- give each month a topic/mission to focus on. I think a new focus each month will be far more productive than 365 days devoted to one resolution. I tried to keep the topics for each month broad enough that I can tailor them to where I am at that time of the year while still accomplishing or trying something new.
For the longest time I’ve wanted to learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite. January is my month to finally take the time to learn the basics of these programs. This will create a great opportunity when working in advertising/marketing to be able to contribute creatively as well as strategically.
If it’s not Thanksgiving, I often forget to express gratitude to the amazing people in my life and all the blessings around me. For each week in February, I want to write a handful of thank you letters to people who have impacted my life, whether it was directly or indirectly. I think this will be a fun project to continue, but assigning it a month will help me create the time to make it happen and not push it further and further down my to do list.
Moving to a new place, I’ve had to recreate my network. Providence is a hugely creative and entrepreneurial city. Through being introduced to PVD Lady Project I’ve met a lot of incredible women doing really interesting things in the community. March is dedicated to starting a new section on my blog of interviewing amazing women.
It’s easy to let your appearance slack, especially when it’s socially acceptable to wear yoga pants to class everyday. But April is all about bringing out (or bringing back) my personal style. This project will be a fun challenge to rediscover some old pieces of my closet and update my style.
Another hard skill I’d like to begin to learn is coding. My interest in this first sparked when a fellow intern at Sundog was teaching a class on coding to a group of middle school students at Tech Camp. Let’s just say those 12 year olds were a lot better than me, but that’s ok because there are plenty of great resources out there like Code Academy and Code.org . In no way do I feel the need to become an expert in this field. But it would be very cool and helpful to be able to code a website successfully if I ever had to in the future.
Being in a college dorm, you don’t have many options for food beyond ramen and popcorn. While home for summer break, I want to get adventurous with cooking and try some things by cooking meals for family and friends. Johnson & Wales is very well-known for their culinary arts programs. Although I have no ambition to become a top chef, I am inspired to expand my horizons and try some fun new recipes.
We all knew it was coming, the classic resolution about getting fit! However, July is realistically the best month for me to step up my game in the fitness department. It is beautiful outside and there are lots of ways to exercise without being stuck in a gym. This month’s challenge is to find fun and creative ways to sweat it out.
What is a good day at the lake without a book in your hand? I love to read. I pride myself on reading a new book about every month. However, you can pretty much guarantee it is either an adventure, teen romance or leadership novel. My August challenge is to branch out to new genres, new authors and new topics that I normally would not consider. With plenty of free time in the summer and a five-day road trip, this is the perfect time to get some extra reading in.
September is back to school time. It is a very busy and sometimes overwhelming time of the year. This goal is currently vague, but the purpose is to crank up the energy and enthusiasm in everything I’m involved in and go the extra mile to make every encounter a positive one.
Something I have had a ton of fun doing this year is exploring New England. But with classes, homework, tennis and other activities, it is easy to make excuses or not create time to explore. October is breathtaking in this area and I am making a promise to myself to make the time to experience it.
“Of all the things that wisdom provides for living one’s entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship.”-Epicurus
November is all about nurturing old friendships, making an effort to create new friendships and doing all I can to be a standout friend. Remembering birthdays, listening and bringing people together will be the focus of this month.
To wrap up an amazing year, December will be all about loving. Loving myself, loving my family, loving my friends, loving my school, loving my community, and loving my enemies.
Hopefully by posting this on my blog, I will stay more accountable to these resolutions. It will be interesting to see which habits stick and which ones I’ll be ready to move on from. I’m really excited for a new way to kick off 2014 and look forward to keep you updated through monthly reviews on my progress!