I'd had a few successful resolutions.
- In 2015, be a vegan. (In 2016, I ruined this because I just couldn't successfully give up crab rangoon or California maki rolls.)
- In 2016, every other month, I would not pay for eat any takeout. (I saved quite a bit of money and lost a couple of pounds, but I made a few exceptions for grumpy people's birthdays who were annoyed that I didn't want to eat out. "You made this resolution, not me." Sound familiar?)
- In 2017, in the summer months, I decided I was going to work out at least three times a week and meditate more often. I am happy to report that I still almost always hold up to that three times per week considering my employer pays for my gym membership. And I fell off with meditating after the summer but picked it back up recently. Salute to Insight Timer.
But quite frankly I just want 2018 to be peaceful. I want to continue to learn more about the magazine industry and publishing on other outlets. I have immensely enjoyed working in the newspaper industry, even through some rough patches, and utilize those skills in learning so much more about the marketing industry. I continue to try to up my game when it comes to digital technology. And I freaking love everything about having a full-time, permanent writing job. That's not knocking freelancing. I dig that too. But nothing beats steady pay and not chasing the next client over and over again.
Professionally I'm content. As with any career, there will be highs and lows, but overall I'm doing what I want to do for the long haul. Personally? Actually my own personal life is cool with me regardless of unsolicited suggestions from friends and/or family about what I should be looking for. I am neither nonchalant or easygoing when it comes to my professional life, but I can be almost indifferent in my personal life. I just don't see the point in pressing certain things to hapen. Without going into specifics, things may work out. And things may not. Either way it goes, I'll still be walking around grinning and enjoying being me. I am my favorite company. (This is one of the biggest perks of being a natural loner. As long as you're comfortable in your own skin, just waking up and doing you is a treat.)
But I cannot emphasize enough how much I want my family's health to be top notch in 2018. It took me months to finally not cry on a daily basis when my grandfather passed away. I have never been so sad in my entire life, and I've had a few other people pass away who I was close to. That one in particular slapped me in the face hard. I hope nothing like that happens in 2018. Going to Honolulu helped. It gave me a sense of calm that I'd lost altogether. I still very much miss him, but I've had time to reflect and recharge. Without going into detail, a couple of other surgeries/hospital visits certainly took me back into a trance. However, I am very relieved that both of those people are doing OK and I believe will bounce back completely.
So with all that said, I guess the only thing I really am looking forward to in 2018 is whatever 2018 has to offer in a positive light. And here's hoping you and yours have the most peaceful, positive, and valuable 2018 that can be offered.