Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Year New You?

For being a writer, I sure don't write very often. Let me rephrase that, I sure don't write about FUN things very often. I find myself writing many emails every day. Too many emails. But for an introvert who often avoids human interaction, email is a very effective form of communication. I digress.

What's been going on in my life? For the most part, many work-related things. This year, I began managing several projects, and that has kept me very busy. Most days for the latter half of 2014, I felt like I was nearly drowning. Either that, or like I wanted to throw up because something went wrong with a project, I was responsible for fixing it, and I had no clue of the first place to even start.

Luckily, things have slowed down a bit since December. I feel like I can finally breathe now, and I'm not drowning all the time ... only some of the time.

This leads me to my 2015 Resolution: To do things that make me feel incredibly uncomfortable. To do things that scare me. To do things that make me feel like throwing up.

Wow, I just re-read those last three sentences. What kind of resolution is that?! It sounds awful!

Yet ...

It also sounds like it will open some doors to fabulously rewarding personal growth and perhaps some new ventures.

I don't necessarily believe in New Years' Resolutions, mostly because I don't understand why people wait for a specific date to do something. Why not just do it, regardless of the date? I saw a lot of "New Year, New You" and "New Year, New Me" statements in the previous couple of weeks. While I applaud people's intentions, I also secretly roll my eyes and wonder, "Why do you have to be new? What was wrong with you before?" If something wasn't going well before, why wait to change it? But perhaps that's just me being cynical ... or realistic.

Even though technically, I did make a resolution for 2015, I actually started it mid-2014. I started taking on projects at work that I knew were challenging. I accepted the nomination to be President of my Toastmasters Club. I'm continuing those activities in 2015, and am also looking for other opportunities to do things that terrify me.

Through situations of greatest challenge come opportunities for the greatest personal growth. And that's what my 2015 is going to be about: personal growth. Who's with me?!

Did you set a 2015 resolution? What is it? What outcomes do you hope to achieve through your resolution?