We all start each year off with good intentions by setting resolutions that we hope will improve our lives for the better. At the end of the year we look back at the good, the bad and what could have been. This past year, and for much of my life, I have taken things way too seriously. I am a perfectionist, which limits me in my ability to start things, complete them and feel proud of the work that I have done. While I have accomplished a great deal, I sometimes feel like I haven’t done nearly enough. And that feeling weighs on me and my heavy heart. For that reason I want to focus on having more fun, taking more risks and leaving caution to the wind. I also want to take the things that make me happy and do them more often. Rather than getting bogged down by what I haven’t accomplished, I want to live life to the fullest. Here’s my vision board for 2016.
For 2016, I want to:
- Do more things that make me happy. This includes simple things like giving myself a crazy manicure or regularly getting a good night’s sleep to helping others and taking more pride in my accomplishments.
- Cook the things I love and find a way to make them healthy. I feel like knowing how to cook is a good sign of independence. Right now I’m getting back into baking. And I would also love to take a few of the dishes I love and learn to make them healthy, just as tasty and economical.
- Take a trip every year somewhere new. Oftentimes all we need to eliminate stress is a chance to recharge. It’s necessary to prioritize this. Even though travel can be expensive, try to get away from your daily grind. Instead of visiting friends in the same cities I’ve been to, it would be lovely to get away and go somewhere fresh to make new memories.
- Keep learning new skills. I am always inspired when I see cutting edge design on Pinterest and Behance, particularly when it leads me to learn how to do it myself. You never know when these new skills or interests can lead to new opportunities.
- Have more fun. Like I said — I take life too seriously. Care less of what others think about you or where you think you should be in life and simply live in the moment. A carefree can-do attitude would do wonders for my health.
- Take more risks. Rather than wait for the right time or the right circumstances, seize the day. Everything will still be okay whether I succeed or fail. I need to recognize that failure is not a waste of time, but a chance to grow. I definitely want to take more fashion risks, but more importantly, risks in business and my career.
What’s your path to happiness in 2016? What types of ideas or images would you share on your vision board?