Tomorrow my roommate and I will pile most of our belongings into my family’s slightly unreliable minivan (college life wouldn’t be the same without sketchy transportation) and drive back to our little university campus. While the start of 2016 has already come and gone, starting a new semester feels most like the start of a new year– usually a time of “new me” resolutions, right?
Now if you read my New Year’s post (A New Year And A New Day), then you would know that I’m not a huge fan of the whole resolution thing. Goals on the other hand are very different; and, in my opinion, I think they bring about change better than a simple resolution. A goal is something you work toward each and every day–it’s a reachable destination, not a hazy shadow of some Everest-sized peak. Granted, that’s not to say that goals cannot be connected to big dreams, which is why I’ve joined The Road To A Better Me Linkup.
Here are my top three “better me” goals for the year.
1. Be more creative. At the start of high school, I spent a huge amount of time on DIY, art, and writing projects. My hands were always covered in glitter, paint, or ink– something that defined my creative streak. To be honest, I was always a bit proud of having that creative mark; however, over the past few years, my creative and artistic ventures have fallen to the wayside. This year, I’ll be taking time each day to relax and to release all my jumbled thoughts into a creative mess.
2. Laugh more often. My laugh is awkward, and my personality isn’t one for grand displays of excitement or joy. Some people joke that I always look stoic, as if I’m always lost in though–it’s not that far from the truth. Still, a few special people have brought more laughter and smiles into my life, and I want to make those beautiful moments last for as long as possible. As I’ve said before, you can’t guarantee tomorrow, so laugh while you can.
3. Embrace Uniqueness. This is easier said than done, especially when you live in a world that pushes everyone to conform. Even the nonconformist ideals of indie, hipster, and bohemian scenes have been popularized and twisted into trends. Still, the point is this: it’s important that you stay true to who you really are. This is something I’ve fought for my entire life, because I can be extremely awkward and eccentric due to the fact that I’m neurodiverse (vs. a world full of “normal” functioning people) and an INTJ personality type (placing me in 2% of the population). While I used to hate many of my “quirks,” I’m working hard to appreciate all the many aspects that make me who I am– my awkwardness and social ineptness, my strange music and fashion choices, my obsession with 19th century England and Scottish Gaelic. They’re all things that make me standout, but I’m trying to remind myself that being unique isn’t bad. It just means that I won’t let the world control me.
Now it’s your turn: what are your goals for 2016? Write up a list, then jump on over to visit Brittany at Southern Soul and Jenny at Breakfast At Lilly’s) to join their monthly linkup for goal related posts!