Looking back on all of my experiences this year, especially pictures and messages from family/friends, I couldn’t be more thankful for everything that’s happened in 2013. I can’t believe how many things have changed – from graduating, moving to Paris – to little things like completing my first half-marathon and staying in my first hostel.
I’m extremely lucky to have experienced and learned so much in the past year that I want to ensure I get the most out of 2014, too.
I’ve thought a lot about the following resolutions I’ve made for this upcoming year, and in an effort to keep them both fun and simple, here they are:
1. Say ‘yes’ more and often. I once read a piece on Thought Catalog on “How To Have A Zelda Fitzgerald Summer” where one of the instructions is to say ‘yes’ to everything that I still think back to every now and then. Now, I’m not saying it’s the best idea to say yes to everything, but when I’m faced with something outside of my comfort zone, I sometimes find myself over-thinking the situation to the point where I miss out on the experience – psychologically or physically. I want to get to the point where I can take on those situations without even the slightest hesitation.
2. Embrace change and uncertainty. You never know what might come out of that time.
3. Go for quality. In the ongoing battle between quality vs. quantity, quality always wins out in the end. This pertains to almost every aspect of life – friends and footwear to name just two – so I really want to focus on cultivating the wonderful people/beautiful things that make life worth living.
4. Don’t be afraid to close a door on something or someone just because they were part of your past history. You need to do what’s best for your relationship in the long-run, and if that job or person is dragging you down, take a chance and cut it/him/her loose. You never know what’s hiding behind door number two. Or three. Or four.
5. First impressions are important, but so is consistency. I’ll be starting my job hunt right after the holidays and I want to be the person in the office who is (on top of everything else) A. voted the most dependable B. successful and C. always the first person to the office. When I interned at LaForce + Stevens, I always noticed that my direct intern supervisor was always the first person at the office. Since she had more time in the mornings, she was able to catch up on emails, organize and prioritize new tasks and still handle her massive work load under an immense amount of pressure flawlessly. And she sacrificed her extra thirty minutes of sleep every single day. She was the prime example of someone who was not only great at her job, but unfailingly reliable, too.
6. Following number five on wise words for the work force, always show humility and listen. The people you work for can be your greatest teachers if you allow them to be.
7. Make time for yourself. Working on personal growth (i.e. learning a new language, keeping up on current events, taking the time to read that Victor Hugo novel you bought three months ago) and staying healthy (i.e. making doctor’s appointments, eating right, exercising regularly) are all important factors for achieving balance in the chaos of the day-to-day. Just off the top of my head: I want to run another half (maybe even a whole!) marathon. I want to work harder on how I pronounce French words so that the guy at the crêperie down the street doesn’t switch to English after my first two sentences.
8. Stop questioning your life path just because it doesn’t look like everyone else’s. Anna Wintour did not get to be where she is today by following the crowd.
9. Show respect for others and yourself. We’ve all been taught to treat others how we want to be treated, but what about treating ourselves the way we want to be treated by others?
10. Make time for your passions.
And… (You always have to have an extra one for good luck!)
11. Never stop learning. Period.
NYC Paris Girl in Pearls