Wow 2015, here comes 2016!

To say that 2015 has been a year, doesn’t even begin to cover it. I mean, I graduated college and moved to Boston… And that’s just a slice of this year. 

I have kept up with my promise to make sure that each new year is even better than the last (of course there is some fluctuation, but that is life). College was definitely the best four years of my life (so far!)! But I don’t want the best to stop there. I want each year to be amazing- and so far the “real” world is turning out to be pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

So over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about this year- and just wow. What a year. If you had asked me a few years ago- if I saw myself here- I would have taken that as a challenge to prove you wrong because I had my entire life planned out. Overall, it has been great, and of course there were some not-so-great moments- happens right?

I’m pretty excited about the New Years Resolution I had set for 2015, and although I didn’t accomplish/stick with them 100%, I did make strides towards them.

I never really set resolutions before 2014, I didn’t completely understand them. In 2014, I decided to set resolutions, but try and be specific to things I wanted to work on or attempt. I also didn’t want to limit change to just resolutions, but chase change as opportunities came up. The only resolution I set that year was to not have the same thing at restaurants every time. I have a tendency to find something I like and never change it up. and you know what? It worked out! I have overall stuck with it- maybe not as strict with it anymore. Sometimes I get the same things, but a lot of the times I try to spice it up- (although my love of mac and cheese has definitely found its place in New England).


Last year’s resolutions

  • Be more honest in my writing- definite improvements, but I want to continue improving.
  • Get writing more into my schedule-definitely got better at writing on more of a regular basis, but I plan on trying to have an actual schedule.
  • Be more active with my self-care and be more proactive instead of just reactive.- I am SO proud of myself with how much better I got with this. I could go on forever about this, but long story short- I have improved so much. I’ll take ALL of the self-care please!
  • Become more comfortable with the unknown- I definitely still struggle with this, but starting at the beginning of senior year when  I decided I wasn’t going to law school right after graduation- this was when the work started. I have gotten a lot better- for the first time I don’t have my whole entire life planned out. I don’t plan every single moment- which is actually kind of nice. My goal is to get to a place where I don’t get too stressed about the unknown (I think a little bit of stress is healthy regarding this, but not to the degree that I was stressing).
  • Improve on keeping my room and car clean- at the worst- make sure to clean it up once per week. So, I struggle with this, of course. Luckily, I don’t have a car to keep up with anymore regarding that. My room definitely doesn’t get to such a disaster that it takes an entire weekend to find a floor again. It still gets messy, but I make sure that I clean it up at least once per week. I honestly feel done with this at this point, because I will never be that person with a spotless room and that is OKAY.
  • Believe in myself more- I started working on this at the beginning of senior year, and I still have a LONG ways to go. I’ve come a long way. I don’t surround myself with self-doubt all the time now, but still occasionally creeps up. I think this will be a lifelong process with me, but I’m excited to see where I take it this year.

This year’s resolutions. Now, I literally spend 5-10 minutes thinking about my new resolutions or keeping ones that I didn’t hit last year. I don’t want to be too intensive or make a list for myself that will in all honesty never happen and look disappointing at the end of the year. (New to this year? My first time having anything related to Diabetes- woah, what???) There are also resolutions that I keep to myself that I may or may not share at the end of 2016. They are personal for me.

(from last year)

  • Stick with Yoga- this flat out did not happen.
  • Send actual cards- I did improve on this, but I want to make sure I send cards not just at birthdays. I also want to not send belated cards.

New to this year:

  • Make a budget that works for me, and that I’ll actually use. I’m a big kid now, right?
  • Find an endocrinologist I like and have a connection with, with new insurance this will be SO much easier. (I see a future blog post?)
  • Stop hoarding Diabetes supplies to the extent that I have been for so many years- they take up too much space. This will also be easier with new insurance. (I see a future blog post?)
  • Overall stress less. Definitely easier to do now that I can take anxiety into account. It also helps that my life feels stable and has a regular schedule now. But- I have a ways to go.
  • Figure out the soundtrack to my life. It just seems like it would be fun to do?
  • FINALLY finish the t-shirt blanket I started almost 4 years ago… Does this need anymore explanation?
  • Binge-watching- I don’t want to be mindless about what I pick to watch (kind of ironic, I know). I’ve just randomly picked shows instead of tackling things on my list.

So, here’s to an amazing 2016. and 2015, thanks for the ride! 



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