What I’m going to do more of in 2015

January 6, 2015 in Life,Philosophy

This year’s mantra, courtesy of Alice Walker: Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.

Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise

Every year, I get more confident in my own skin and in my own decisions. I recognize my patterns and my pet peeves and the peculiar things that make me happy (and unhappy!), and I’m starting to own all of those little things that make me ME. This year, I want to be unapologetic in the way that I live my life: fully owning my decisions and my dreams, without regret or worry. And I want to see more sunrises, because I’m never mad about getting the day started early. I’m excited for 2015! It’s going to be a good one, and I have a few things that I’ll be focusing on for the next 12 months.

Carry cash.

I am the first to admit: I’m terrible about carrying cash. I definitely prefer using my Discover card for the rewards or my debit card so that I can track my spending. But! My favorite local salon prefers tips in cash, and there are quite a few bars/cafes/dry cleaners in Brooklyn that only take cash or that have a super high credit card minimum. And in general, cash tips are just better for employees (as I learned during my brief stint as a waitress in the city). So my top resolution is to always carry cash, and always tip in cash, and to stop being the person who is constantly Venmo-ing the people who do carry cash.

Commit to healthy habits every single day.

In the morning: Ayurvedic routines like tongue scraping, oil pulling, neti pot cleansing, meditating and drinking a mug of warm water with lemon. In the evening: floss, exfoliate and moisturize. And at least once a week: do a clay mask and wear my retainer. Splurge on a facial once a season. Go to yoga or to a spin class when I feel overwhelmed. Ride my bike and walk and run. Drink more water and eat less sugar.

I know how much better I feel when I eat well and exercise often and take care of my skin. This year, I want to be intentional about doing the things that make me feel healthy and happy–inside and out.

Let go of travel expectations.

Even though I’ve lived in New York City for the last two and a half years, I still traveled internationally frequently: Panama, Colombia and the Bahamas in 2012; Jordan, Iceland and Canada in 2013; Dominican Republic, Turkey and Nicaragua in 2014.

But this year is the year of weddings and bachelorette parties, the year of my 10-year high school reunion in Sacramento and a reunion of my college roommates in Napa Valley and my sorority anniversary alumna weekend in Chico. Essentially: 2015 is a year of traveling for friends.

As excited as I am to celebrate and catch up with some of my favorite people, it’s tough to not feel like I’m traveling “enough.” It’s a year where I might not be able to be in another country on my actual birthday–and that’s a goal I was SO determined to keep. Either way: one of my goals is to truly, truly enjoy everywhere I go with a focus on the people instead of just the place.

Unplug.

Quite simply: disconnect. Turn my phone off at night. Don’t walk and text. Take out my headphones. Don’t travel with my laptop. Look for validation in places other than social media. Stop comparing myself to strangers on the internet.

Choose joy and practice kindness.

Whenever possible, and remember: it’s always possible.

 What are your resolutions for 2015? 

  • Healthy habits is something that’s definitely at the top of my list. From moisturizing to keeping up with my water intake.
    I’m also letting go of my travel expectations this year. Due to my partner being in school for the beginning of the year, it’s the first time we are not planning a trip anywhere due to funds. Plus you know, a million weddings. I definitely get that whole letting go of travel expectations. It’s hard when it’s part of who you are and what makes you happy. So here’s to sticking together!

    Writing more, money saving goals and yoga at least once a week are among my others. Good list!

  • Brandy

    Totally understand the travel expectations. I love being able to say at the end of the year that I traveled to “x” number of countries, but sometimes travel plans closer to home take priority. I can’t complain, though – some of my fondest memories are of trips I’ve taken right here in the US with friends. Still, sometimes I have to remind myself to let go of my own, self-imposed mindset that I’m some sort of failure if I haven’t left the country a certain number of times in a year.

  • I’m just finishing up a post of more or less the same goals – treat my skin and nails better, make the little travel I do more meaningful, and remember that I have a life offline. Great quote to live by – and here’s to a great year!

  • jennaebert

    neti pots are a life saver- lessons from my mom :)

  • What a wonderful quote to start off our new year! I love that you are reevaluating your travel expectations as well; I feel like I might not travel internationally at all this year, and I don’t want that to feel like a failure, because it really isn’t!

  • More hikes, more concerts, put the phone away, less things and more experiences (inspired by you!), write more letters, and build my relationships!

    And I LOVE that photo!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    “So my top resolution is to always carry cash, and always tip in cash, and to stop being the person who is constantly Venmo-ing the people who do carry cash.” Omg, this is me. I also need to force myself to unplug more. Great post, thanks for sharing! :)

  • I love these, Christine. They’re not unrealistic and they’re so positive and attainable. Happy New Year. :)

  • camorose

    Yay! Sounds like our resolutions are completely in sync :) Good luck, and let’s keep each other accountable!

  • camorose

    YES! This year, so many of my favorite travel memories were in the United States (like the Berkshires and Avalon) and they were super relaxing and beautiful trips–but it’s hard to make that feel as exotic or cool or different as something like my trip to Turkey. I’m hoping to find a good balance!

  • camorose

    YES to remembering that you have a life offline. I love that as a phrase.

  • camorose

    Yesss I got into it with yoga teacher training but it’s definitely a standard part of my morning routine now!

  • camorose

    Exactly! All about treating each day like a new destination!

  • camorose

    Yay to less things and more experiences! I love all of your resolutions!!!

  • camorose

    Yes! Carrying cash is already my toughest resolution–I just paid for a mani/pedi in cash yesterday and it’s like, I already have to go back to the ATM?!

  • camorose

    Thanks, Ceri! I think positive and attainable is the key to success :)

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  • SINCERELYKATEB

    THIS IS THE YEAR OF DEWEY BEACH!!!!

  • Some beautiful, simple, and attainable resolutions that have the power to create a real impact on your wellbeing/ peace of mind. Love these!

  • Hannah

    I just came across your blog haphazardly. I love your honesty and real-ness! I admire your goals, it’s difficult with how connected our world is now, to always compare to others… even more we’re always reading the next “Top Places to Travel” – you can visit myriads of countries and sites but you’ll always have another you want to go see. I respect using this year to travel for friends :)

  • camorose

    DEWEY WANT TO GO TO THE BEACH? Of course!

  • camorose

    Glad you enjoyed–thanks for the sweet note!

  • camorose

    Awww, thanks Hannah–I’m so glad you found my blog! I’m looking forward to more adventures (and plenty of realness) in 2015 :)

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