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2015 Resolutions

observant nomad | 2015 fresh starts

2015. Another fresh start to a new year.
I’ve been pondering lately what direction I want my life to take this year, and I find myself returning to the idea or thought of…

EXPLORATION.

When I look back on the last several years of my life, I see that I’ve spent them in pursuit of traditional life ‘success’. Graduate college, get an apartment, get a job, support yourself, save money, get good at that job, and settle down. Unfortunately that’s not my spirit. I’m not a traditional kind of gal. My heart is pulled to where the wind blows and I find myself daydreaming of possible adventures more than how I’m going to land the next promotion.

For a long time, maybe for most of my life, I’ve pushed down my free-spirit and tried to please everyone else in my life who wasn’t me. I’ve realized, over the last year or so, that this path hasn’t really fulfilled my soul. Always making the responsible choice for other people is just that, it’s for them – not for me.

Which brings me back to 2015. Right away I know this year is going to be an important one for me. I know there will be tears, fear, risk, hard decisions, and sometimes hurt feelings. Other times there will be smiles, excitement, possibility, independence and possibly absolute pure joy.

I’m hoping for all of it.
And it will all come with EXPLORATION…

… of my creative path. After I came to the realization that a creative’s success is not defined by what job they do, but by how much they love to create what they do, I’ve known that I need to discover the same passion for myself. This year is going to be the start of a new exploration of my path and hopefully will push me to grow wildly abundant in the expression of my creative gifts.

… of my world. This corner of the internet isn’t named ‘nomad’ without reason. The world is a big beautiful place and it’s been far far too long since I’ve seen a new and foreign place. I’ve been very blessed to be able to travel across the US as much as I do, but travel to me is more than simply a change of scenery. It’s also about pushing myself outside my comfort zones and into exotically different places. So I’m planning on starting to get out into the world more this year, and really explore places both near and far.

… of my relationships. I’m going to be honest with you, I have room for improvement in my relationships. I’m hitting a place in my life where old friends are growing apart and new friends are harder to find and keep. It’s an awkward growing period, and one that I could do myself a service to learn from. Not only friends, but my relationships with family and special someones all need some more thought and consideration this year. I want to explore how I can become a more patient, nurturing and forgiving person.

… of my spirit. I’m not a religious person, and have no judgement those who are. I believe spirituality is important for the human soul. Whether you’re Buddhist, Christian, or find spiritually when you’re hiking the great trails of the wild unknown (like I do), I know that it can bring peace, happiness and enrich community in our lives. I’ve been a little disconnected from deeper places within myself and this year I’d like to cultivate more balance for myself. More exploration of what spirituality means to me.

My intentions for this year are going to take hard work and a lot of courage. Thankfully I have the support of many loved ones, and the belief that I can accomplish so much more than even I can imagine.

What do you think?

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Thanks for this! I too feel the tug between traditional success and wandering, but I feel like I’m kind of the opposite of you – I’ve been emphasizing the adventuring when I really need a bit of traditional stability. When I was younger, I thought I would want the regularity of a 9-5 job, but I’m learning that’s not true either! So for me this year is about finding the balance between stability and freedom – working hard, but not necessarily 9-5 Monday-Friday. Enjoy your explorations this year!

Brianna

Ah balance is the greatest struggle isn’t it? Hope you figure out a system that works well for you, and thanks for sharing!

I love the intentionality going into the new year! Looking forward to seeing where you travel, and where your creativity takes you this year!

I just have to say how awesome this post is. We do need to be reminded to step outside our comfort zones. It’s hard and sometimes it would be nicer to just sit at home and veg but that isn’t really going to create lasting memories. Great post.

Brianna

For sure, I have to schedule time for adventure – which doesn’t sound as fun, but I’m sure it will be worth it!

So awesome Bri! I wish the best for you in 2015 in all areas of your exploration :)

Brianna

Thanks Laura! Can’t wait to see where 2015 takes you as well.

It was so great to read this because I am not at all about traditional success either. My heart is also pulled to where the wind blows, and your courage in challenging the typical path is really inspirational!

Brianna

Ha – traditional success is overrated ;) Let’s hope I can make some success my own way this year (and you too!)

It is funny because I was just thinking about this subject when I read your post. I always had problems deciding things just considering myself because I am always trying to please others (my family and friends). I hope that in 2015 I can look more to what I want and less to what I think will be the right choices according to others.

Brianna

I think more people feel this way than we’d like to admit. I know you’ll be successful at whatever you chose to pursue (including your amazing cooking!)

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