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Day 5: The First Monday and Other Thoughts About 2015

January 6, 2015

We’re now five days into 2015 and here I am, back at work, finishing up a simple lunch—though, the Pringles to-go cup was a nice touch—and trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s not longer 2014. Seriously, where did the time go? Did last year even get a chance to happen, to learn to breathe and walk and live? Looking back, 2014 was rather eventful, even if it feels like it lasted no more than a moment. In 2014, I moved into my first apartment, celebrated a year at RT Book Reviews, made new friends, read lots of books, ad saw Wicked for the eleventh time, among other things.

And over the past few days I’ve looked back on these events to help shape my view on the new year. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a year of change, more so than usual, and in an effort to keep myself prepared for whatever the Universe wants to throw at me, I’m come up with a list of goals that will hopefully keep me inspired and driven over the next twelve months. Here they are:

  • EXERCISE MORE: I’ve already joined the local rec center and have been running 2-3 times a week in addition to my at-home work-out. Go me!
  • READ MORE: I know, I know. I read a lot, it’s true, but there’s always room for more books.
  • WRITE MORE: As most of you know, I’ve been struggling with severe writer’s block the last few years and I’m finally crawling out of the rut, so it’s time to get down to business. But this also refers to blogging. I’ve tried to keep my blog centered around books, but I like other things besides books, so you’ll (hopefully) be seeing some other types of content.
  • WORRY LESS: I’m a worrier and an over-thinker, which makes life pretty hard sometimes. So I’m hoping to become better at “going with the flow”. After all, as Idina Menzel’s character in IF/THEN says, “We get one life…and we let the rest go.” No more “what if”s for me. Nope, none.
  • GO ON AT LEAST THREE DATES: I’m painfully single and painfully aware of it, so fingers crossed one of these three dates leads to something more.
  • TRAVEL: Wanderlust and I are quickly becoming best friends. I’d love to visit some friends in London this year, but that doesn’t look too feasible. So I might have to think more locally. I have a two friends in Portland and one in Houston, so those are both lovely options. I’d also like to visit Princeton, NJ again, as it’s perfectly picturesque. Oh, and Salem, because witches.
  • BE ACTIVE: Be active…in life. I’m one of those people who doesn’t always initiate outcomes and often waits for something big to happen. This year, I’m hoping to gain a little more confidence and be proactive. Be the change you wish to see! Ha.

What I love most about these goals is how vague and open they are. There’s room for interpretation and room for growth. There’s nothing concrete or damaging about them, nothing telling me I have to accomplish and succeed or else. So while I many not have an overly optimistic view on 2015, I feel pretty good about these goals.

In book-related news, I’m currently reading a few upcoming young adult novels for work—I can’t talk about which ones yet—and am hoping to pick up Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) soon. I also started re-reading parts of Katie Heaney’s Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, which is a ridiculously magical memoir about being a single twenty-something-year-old.

Writing-wise, I have started work on a new novel, but that’s all I’ll say for now. At any rate, there’ll be lots of kissing and a hot guy.

Oh, you might have noticed the website has a new look! Over the weekend, I migrated from Squarespace to WordPress, a move that has been in the making for a few years now, but I’ve been mysteriously reluctant to actually do it, until now! I’m planning on talking about the different platforms I’ve used in a future post for anyone looking to jump into blogging.

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and that 2015 treats you well!

~DJHappy New Year

  • Reply
    Amy G.
    January 6, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Love the new blog DJ! You have wonderful goals for the New Year, some of which I share with you:)

    • Reply
      DJ DeSmyter
      January 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you, Amy! I’m really loving the new site so far and can’t wait to update some of the images. 🙂
      Let’s make 2015 our best one one yet!

  • Reply
    Tammi Higley
    January 6, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I like these goals. I usually set the same ones each year. Maybe I need to spice it up a little.

    I’d be interested to read about the different platforms.

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