In his song, Don’t Play Me, Prince says, “My only competition is me, in the past…”. I’ve always loved that line. It’s just so badass, right?? As I look to create some resolutions for 2016 I am channeling this idea — that my past self is my biggest competitor. I like this way of thinking because it demands self reflection and growth. Instead of comparing myself to other designers, other bloggers or other moms, (like I may have done in the past…) I am going to compare myself to myself — my best self, and use that as a barometer for where I want to be headed.
So what am I hoping to achieve this year?
1. ) I want to be as fit as I was in college, when I was walking all over the UCLA campus every day and eating super healthily. I figure a 2.2 mile w̶a̶l̶k̶ jog around the Silverlake reservoir at least t̶h̶r̶e̶e̶ five days a week is a good start. Who’s in??
2.) When I got back to the U.S. from living in Italy for seven years, I had zero credit card debt, because I had zero credit cards. I want to get back to that place of being free of my credit card debt! It’s gonna feel amazing, and I can’t friggen wait.
3.) Last year, the most visits we got in one day to the blog was 12,000 visits. (We normally get between 5000-6000 visitors per day). If we did it once, we can do it again, so this year, it’s my goal to make 12,000 our daily average by the end of 2016. How will I achieve this? I have no clue. Ask me in a year how I achieved it ;)
4.) Last year I pitched a book idea for a Face The Foliage book to publishers and no one bought the project (insert sad face emoji). This year I will sell the project, and if not, I’ll self-publish and sell it directly to the public, but either way, it will happen.
5.) I have not put a dime away for retirement. This year, that will change. Even if it’s just $100. I will not just be thinking about my past self as competition, but my far-in-the-future self (and family). And my future self will be some mean competition!!
6.) Jason and I have been trying (for well over a year) to have another baby. So far, nothing. If any of you have gone through this then you know how frustrating it can be. Also, having expectations tied to intimate moments can be no bueno for said intimate moments, feel me? So, for this year, I want to approach our quest to have another baby with the same care-free, fun, and adventurous attitude that I had when we got pregnant with Ida. I want to stop stressing about it, and just calm the f*&k down.
And there they are. My resolutions for 2016.
I’d better get to work. What can you learn from your past self? I’d love to hear!