The One Resolution I Won’t Give Up On

Posted in Lifestyle
on March 18, 2016
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Now that we are a few months into 2016, I decided it would be a good beginning point to check my progress on my goals for the year. When I looked at my list, I knew there was one goal in particular I would be the most happy about—being more spontaneous.

If I could give a short synopsis about myself it would be: “A girl who plays by the rules, has her planner filled in two weeks in advanced, and prepares for anything to go wrong.”

Yeah, I’m pretty boring.

I’m a planner. I’m a hyper-organized person. The thought of not having my closet color-coded gives me hives. As you can imagine, being spontaneous isn’t my forte.

This was my number goal for 2015 and I failed miserably with it. But this year, I knew I wanted to give this resolution a do-over. So, three months into 2016 I can safely say that I’ve (slowly) taken some steps to become the spontaneous, adventure-seeker I want to be.

Two months ago, I decided to book a plane ticket to Austin to stay with my friend for four days after graduation. No planning, no searching and scouring places in advanced to plan out my trip. Nothing. I said, “I’m leaving the trip in your hands. Just tell me what we’re doing.”

Yeah, I felt pretty cool.

Then, a few days ago, my friend from the Saratoga/Albany area said her spring break is this week—and that I should come down for a few days since I’ve never been there before.

“Sounds great! I’ll be there Friday to Sunday—just let me know what we’re doing.”

I literally had an adrenaline rush from feeling so spontaneous and not turning these amazing offers down.

If this would have happened last year, I would have made up some excuse about work and school and other commitments, and turn my friends down. The idea of driving over four hours by myself on a mini road trip is overwhelming.

Of course, I know there’s still a lot more to work on with being more spontaneous, but I feel like this is amazing progress coming from a girl who isn’t about last-minute decisions and who always needs to have a written, set-in-stone plan. For me, this is a big deal, and I’m really proud of myself for going through with this resolution.

Being spontaneous isn’t about wild, irrational decisions that could potentially harm me. It’s about feeling confident enough to not have a plan, and still roll with it. Let’s be honest, you can’t always have a plan that will go perfectly, so I feel that my resolution to become more spontaneous will help me down the road when life takes unexpected twists.

I hope this posts inspires you to check back on your goals for 2016 and see how you’re doing so far. What’s one goal you truly don’t want to give up on this year? And how are you going to make sure you accomplish it? Make sure to share your thoughts below!

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  • That’s such a great idea to check in and post about goals thus far. I’m with ya on feeling boring and being a super-planner. Good luck for the rest of the year!

    Erin, Attention To Darling
    http://www.attentiontodarling.com

    • Thanks so much for your comment Erin! (And for leaving your link to your blog as well). I’m hoping I can stay on top of this goal because it definitely means a lot to me. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Dia

    Love Austin! I am also a huge planner but sometimes spontaneous trips have lead to the best times. Ironically I was having a rough time last year and randomly decided to drive to Austin to visit a friend (I live in San Antonio so it’s like an hour away) and it was such a great night and a great way to catch up with my friend.

    • Yes! Even with driving 4.5 hours away, I felt like it was thrilling and good for me to get away for a weekend and experience a new place, and feel comfortable with not planning so much.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    Thanks for the reminder! I’m kinda the opposite of you because I have a hard time planning but I am great at being spontaneous. I need the work on getting more organized!

    • All you need is a planner, some post-it notes, and a little motivation to stay on top of your to-do lists! You got this, girl!

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