I’m not very good at making New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I prefer to work on things as I go, and not to make sweeping declarations. The funny thing about resolutions is we tend to make them, and then the year often slips away without much action.
But what I’m finding is making a resolution is much different than making a commitment. Maybe some people can do both at the same time, but for me it’s all too easy to say I want to do something, but to find myself lacking on the follow through. Life gets busy and it’s easy to be swept away with the momentum of everyday life.
So I sat down to write this post right around Christmas while I was feeling especially reflective over the last year. But I had a neck injury over the holidays and I found that everything I was planning, and things I wanted to start on day 1 of the New Year had to wait. And here I am writing my New Year’s post on January 19 which isn’t exactly what I had in mind, to say the least. (The above picture was our last adventure of 2016.)
Anyways, long story short I thought it might be fun to look over my last year’s resolutions, and see how I did. You see… I wrote my New Year’s resolutions post last year truly from the heart with things I wasn’t so much resolving to do, as making a heartfelt commitment. Of course the year got crazy as per usual, and I never even looked at my resolutions, until somehow 12 months had just flown by again.
But you know what? I accomplished my number 1 resolution 2016 without once reflecting or reading over my resolutions, and made pretty good progress on the other 4 as well. And that’s when it dawned on me that for once there was 100% follow through because I made a commitment when I wrote down that resolution, so there was no need to look back at my own words.
My number 1 resolution for 2016 was to spend more time doing the things I love.
And 2016 was a fantastic year for traveling on vacation and spending every possible weekend adventuring. At times it was exhausting to be on the go so much, but I can say that I loved every. single. second of it! So much so that I think it might be one of my resolutions/commitments again for this year.
2016 was also really really tough in so many ways, but we also had so many amazing experiences that another great lesson I re-learned is not to dwell on all the stuff that’s going wrong. Funnily enough, I get a lot of inspiration from our Instagram feed because it reminds me that there were a lot of highlights throughout the year. And when you look at the highlight reel next to all the challenges, you just end up feeling grateful to have such a wonderful life!
Life’s much too short to be a workaholic. And I’ve found over the last year that every area of my life has improved by taking time off to adventure and travel. I made a few other resolutions last year that will also probably be on my list for life because there’s always room for improvement. I think I’ll always be working away at eating healthy and doing more yoga.
I also made a resolution to have a date night with my husband at least once a week, and that one probably needs to go to the top of my list for 2017. We can both be workaholics and it’s really hard to just call it quits and take a time out for the 2 of us.
We also weathered a legal situation this year where we had to change the blog name due to a conflict. We started joking early in the year that 2016 was going to be the year of a name change, (and it really did take up the whole year). But all jokes aside, we spent countless hours – nights, weekends, you name it getting through that situation. And I’ll have to say I didn’t end up following through on the once a week date night very often. We both find it too easy to put ourselves last behind everything else that needs to be done.
So this year for 2017 my number 1 commitment is to set aside quality time once a week to have a date night.
To that end, we actually started a new hobby last summer of time lapse video. The beauty of setting up your camera for a time lapse is that it takes anywhere from 1-12 hours to take a time lapse. With those thousands of photos captured you do a lot of fancy techy stuff to turn them into a video.
The main idea is that we love getting outdoors and photographing, but the 2 of us often get carried away with photographing from dawn till dark, constantly on the go. So with our new hobby the camera is set up and working away by itself while we sit back, have a picnic, and watch the sunset, (or make coffee and watch the sunrise).
I’ve been loving this new way of spending time together because it’s so slow paced and laid back. We get to talk for hours about trips we want to take, changes we want to make, and general life things. Since we don’t get out quite as much in the winter, (it’s a real challenge keeping your equipment running or enjoying a picnic at 5ºF) I’ve been working on cooking together once a week and spending some quality time together.
Taking time for the people we love, and to do the things we love doing, brings so much inspiration into life that it helps with all the other changes we might want to make. So I hope your year was wonderful too, despite any challenges, and I’m excited for living out my commitments in the year to come!
P.S. As always, I love getting feedback from you, so please let me know what you’d like to see more off this year! I just got a request for more sheet pan dinners, and I’ve got a couple of those coming over the next few months, so don’t hesitate to get your requests in!