2015 and the Resolution Dilemna


I can’t believe a whole year has come and gone (requisite cliché phrase out of the way). What’s more shocking to me is that I’m one month out from when I hit New York soil. My anniversary to moving to this great state is on Feb 6th, and I couldn’t be more excited. So much as happened in the last year not to be.

Now you're in NY! These streets will make you feel brand new; big lights will inspire you.

Now you’re in NY! These streets will make you feel brand new; big lights will inspire you.

For the first time in who knows how many years, I’ve written New Year’s resolutions. I made a resolution a long time ago not to make them anymore (Hey look! I broke that!), but I felt like as I go into my first full year as a New Yorker, it was time I figured out what my goals were for my life here. Making life goals are important, but it’s hard to do that when you’ve moved to entirely new place and all you’re able to do is just work on keeping your head above water.

But since I made them at the start of the year, I’m going to have to call them by that retched phrase. We all make them, and we all break them, but hopefully, this time, the fact that these are meant to be ‘okay you got here and didn’t fail; now it’s time to stay here and succeed’, makes them just a touch more important that ‘learn to eat better’.

mba subway

This was literally me.

First, let’s look back at what I’ve done:

  • Moved to NY (hey, it counts)
  • Worked on building my business and successfully did so.
  • Got to work on some truly spectacular campaigns, some of which were the most fun I’ve ever had doing social media.
  • Discovered what I’m made when I spent one week capping out at over 75 working hours (I’m made of steel and grit, it would seem).
  • Met new people
  • Dated new people
  • Made new friends
  • Ran in the rain, danced in the rain, and played in the snow.
  • Got my most ambitious tattoo yet
  • Explored my new home. If there was a restaurant I was told to try, I tried it. If there was an obscure museum that looked interesting, I checked it out. I stayed away from chains when I could, discovered my favorite pizza in the city, and decided that while Starbucks isn’t bad in its convenience, ALT and Victory Gardens have some of the best coffee around, and I will go out of my way for a cup at either place.
  • Had my first New York Christmas and New York New Year’s
    • Learned the hard way why going to Rockefeller Center on Christmas Day is an astronomically bad idea, and subsequently decided it would be a stellar idea to stay far away from Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
  • Let my biggest client go at the end of the year and decided to start over.
me in rain

See? Told you a ran in the rain. I’m cool like that

All in all, I’ve done a lot this past year. More than I thought, but not nearly enough.

So now it’s time for 2015, and that means the horrid phrased New Year’s Resolutions. Here goes:

  • Set a financial goal (no you don’t get to know what it is)
  • Write a short story that’s been stewing in my head for weeks, and see if I can still write.
  • Buy at least one really cool piece of antique furniture.
    • Silly, but I saw this dresser at a consignment shop and almost cried at how much I wanted it and how much I couldn’t buy it. Next time…
  • Replace my roommate’s janky (that’s right, I said janky) couches with new ones (and ones that I own).
  • Finally do that unassisted pull up that’s been alluding me for fifteen years.
  • Work on having more defined abs
    • Yes, these last two are cliché, but I don’t care. I want them, dammit.
  • Pay off my old car loan (because it really sucks when you haven’t owned a car in almost a year, yet you’re still paying for it).


  • Develop a new aspect of my business (more on that in the coming weeks!)
  • Write at least two blog posts a week.
My ambitious tattoo and my motto from here on out.

My ambitious tattoo and my motto from here on out.

This last one is especially important to me. I have a business website, but I spend so much time working on other people’s businesses, I keep letting mine slide. Not anymore. I’m challenging myself to write 104 blog posts this year on my site, and finish developing it how it should be. This place is going to be come my baby, and I want you all along for the ride.

So, here goes. This is blog #1, and as I go along, I’ll keep you all updated on where my goals are. Sometimes my articles will be on social media – trends, news, etc, – and other times they’ll be personal, like this.

WISH ME LUCK! (or, as Buffy would say, 'Wish me monsters!')

WISH ME LUCK! (or, as Buffy would say, ‘Wish me monsters!’)


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