Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bring on 2008

New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. With the end of this year almost upon us, as most of us traditionally do, I've spent some time reflecting and thinking about my resolutions. I feel good for the most part, as I jump into 2008, because I have accomplished so many of the things that I set out to do in the past year. For perhaps the first time, I feel ok about where I'm at. I am poised to jump into this next phase of my career, something which I know is going to be life changing. 2007 is the year that the pieces in the puzzle of my life have started to come together. I can finally see the big picture, and I'm happy with the progress.

One of the major things I would like to resolve to do differently going into 2008, is to strengthen my ability to just brush things off. I need to stop letting people walk all over me. I have such a strong tendency to take things personally. It's my nature to want to please people all the time. What I need to realize though, is that there are some people out there who just have horns for an aura. I need to remember that not everybody is going to like me or agree with me all the time. Plus, some people are just mean, or insecure and volatile. I need to learn how to stop internalizing that negativity.

I have many goals with regards to my career and this spanking new role that I am set to take on. My stomach is full of crazy butterflies. I feel like I'm walking blindfolded into an unknown world. I'm going to be travelling a ton, and will be facing a whole pile of new challenges. As a control freak, I hate not knowing EXACTLY what I'm in for. Thank God the powers that be have so much faith in my ability to nail this, cause at the moment, I am terrified. I am resolving to bound into this with great intentions, my strong work ethic and an open mind.

Another resolution on my list is to write in my journal more. There was a time when I made it a priority to reflect and put pen to paper daily. These days, I get caught up and busy. I find that the more I blog, the less inclined I seem to be to journal. It's a different kind of writing though. I can't be as free as I am in my journal anywhere else. To some degree, I censor what I put out there in this forum. I want to get back to writing in my journal, becaue in the past it has been a great means of catharsis for me.

My other major resolution is to start cooking for myself more. Since I moved into my own place, I have found that I enjoy being in the kitchen more; maybe because it's my kitchen. I think in the new year, I'll take some classes and continue to improve my abilities.

I came across a list of tips at to help you create better New Year's resolutions. I think it's worth checking out.

I still haven't decided what I'm going to do tomorrow night. I have to go into the office on the first to finish setting up our showroom and get everything organized for next week so that kind of limits my options. I suppose I still have another day to figure it out.

What are your New Year's Resolutions?


G. said...

I'm going to quit smoking. Yes, I've said it before but this is the year.

Anonymous said...

I purposely started buckling down on my dieting and exercise this week so that weight loss would NOT be a New Years resolution. Of course, I do want to lose 15 pounds and be healthier in the next year, but I don't want to label it as a New Years Goal.

I didn't want to write a whole entry on my own blog about New Years, but now that I'm starting to comment, I think I'll just have to. :)

But definitely one of my goals is to be more social and more proactive about making things happen.

As a tip for journaling, I hardly ever write in my journal either. Mine is a LJ and when I really want to write in it I have my blog and LJ open at the same time, so when I have a more personal tangent I can jot it down in my LiveJournal. Maybe have your journal in your lap while you're blogging?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you liked Juno, BTW. Another blogger whose site I frequent I frequent (that I won't mention by name lol) said the movie was so offensive she walked out in the middle. Just made me want to see it more!

As for your hair, I love how it is now, but a chic shorter cut would be so hot on your, especially with your getting a new job and all. :)

Tashina said...

So much of what you said about letting people walk on you and taking things personally is how I feel too. I've finally been able to let loose a bit and decide that if people don't like me, it's their loss and not mine. But I'm still a people pleaser and it can really suck sometimes.

If you start cooking more, definitely share some recipes! It's a great way to keep yourself inspired in the kitchen.

Ian said...

Good luck on your new job Jen. I'm sure you will do fabulous!


Keira-Anne said...

I'm not really much of one for "resolutions," per se, but I think you've got a great list of ideas for your own self there. I think it can be somewhat cliche to make resolutions because no one ever seems to really stick to them, but it's always a good idea to make changes for the better of one's self.

Good luck with your goals!

Phaedra said...

Sounds like you really know what direction you want to take in you life. Kudos for the awareness, as that is 1/2 the challenge. All the best for you in 2008!