2015 and the Stuff that Dreams are Made of

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I had another post all written, organized, and ready to go, but I just didn’t feel right posting it when I realized that my last post was dated December 31st, 2014 as opposed to January 1st, 2015. (Not sure why but maybe something happened because I posted it from a smartphone.) I felt like my first post of 2015, the year that I have dubbed and verbally claimed to be ‘My Year,’ should have more thought, personality, insight, and substance.

See, I feel like I can make this year anything I want it to be plus more. I have all the time in the world to challenge myself and make my dreams and goals a reality. All I need is the focus, dedication, and determination to make them come true – to work on them constantly, each and every day.

So, this is not going to be your usual ‘loose weight, quit one thing or another’ list of resolutions, but rather a post of what I want to get out of 2015.

I want to continue to enjoy the simple things in life. I want to find contentment in the people and things around me that make me happy. I want to get out more and enjoy nature – watch the sunset, go hiking, explore the mountains, and so on. I want to go to the morning market and buy fresh vegetables that were harvested just hours before. I want to continue with my 365 day photo project and improve my photography skills. I want to attend the many festivals in Taiwan that I enjoy to the fullest.

I want to reach new heights and take risks. I want to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I want to ride a ferris wheel, take the Sun Moon Lake cable car, climb some of the many pagodas in Taiwan, and cross some of the many suspensions bridges. I want to break through the barrier of fear that separates me and what I want to accomplish. I want to conquer my fear of heights.

I want to embrace the year as my husband and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversaries (yes, anniversaries!! – I mean who gets married to the same person three times in the year? Yes, this girl!!) I want to revel and relish in the fact that we have been together for so long and we still feel like newlyweds. I want to fill myself with the anticipation of traveling to Japan (!!) for the first time to celebrate our anniversary.

I want to be more conscious of ‘me.’ I want to eat ‘cleaner,’ healthier, more natural foods. I want to start a daily exercise streak and maintain it for an entire year.

I want to further develop my ‘writing voice.’ I want to continue to believe in myself, that I have the material and writing skills for a great book. I want to work through the negative thoughts and throw them to the curve when doubts creeps in. I want to continue to reach my goals and remember to take it step-by-step, one task at a time. I want to continue to work on my blog and continue writing. I want to step out of my comfort zone and share more of me (including personal photos!).

But, most of all, I want to be content with the now, the present. I want to live in the moment, not in the future or the past. Instead of constantly wanting more, I am and will continue to be completely happy with who I am and satisfied and happy with what I have. I know it is important to challenge ourselves and better ourselves, but it is also important not to dwell on what we don’t have and lose sight of what is right in front of us.

So, in 2015, I plan to keep my feet planted on the ground, soar high like an eagle at some points (literally!), and keep reaching for the stars!!

That’s enough of my rambling! Now, over to you! What are some of your goals and wants for 2015?

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57 thoughts on “2015 and the Stuff that Dreams are Made of

  1. Love it! I know it sounds trite, but getting healthy is a big 2015 goal for me. Never knew a nasty ligament tear would trigger a slide away from fitness completely but it did. Having some kind of project in India would be nice but really all that matters is keeping engaged and productive. Most of all, continuing to enjoy a balanced life and see where next my path leads… 🙂

    1. Yes, an injury of some sort can always affect one’s fitness routine. One of my goals is to get healthier as well but I want to focus on the ‘controllables’ like eating healthy and exercising. Good luck getting a project and I hope the next path leads you to great places! 🙂

  2. Awesome! I hope to make this “my year” as well! Going to be making big changes in my life, so I need to start off on the right foot with a positive attitude. Can’t wait to see more from you in 2015!

  3. This was such a positive and uplifting post, Constance. Believe it or not, I was smiling all the way through ^^’ “I feel like I can make this year anything I want it to be plus more.” What strong spirit right there. And I so agree with you that we should live in the present and focus on what we have. When we focus on what we have, we usually make the most of what’s around us and move on to our next adventure.

    Though I must say…sometimes things won’t go our way all the time. Like you, I do have things I want to achieve this year: write my book, go out and experiment with photography, explore my town more. I have plans, yes…but no expectations 🙂 No expectations that I’ll actually get it all done. Because I’m sure along the way other (great) things and opportunity to come along too.

    Good luck 🙂

    1. Thanks for the beautiful comment, Mabel! You presented some great points. I really believe that it is important to live in the now and not wish our lives away. I used to be like that but now I am more aware of being present right now!

      And you are so right! Plans will change, more plans will evolve, better opportunities will come along, and it is important to embrace them as well. We should be open to new things and experiencing new and different things because that means change to a certain extent and change is good! 🙂

  4. Conquering your fear of heights? That is probably something I should put on my to-do list! It sounds so simple, but that’s quite a challenge.

    Wish you a fulfilling 2015!

    1. Yes, conquering a fear of heights is not easy. However, I usually will step out of my comfort zone because I don’t want to allow my husband to have sole bragging rights that he did it and I did not. But this year, I want to do it and enjoy it.

      Good luck conquering your fear of heights!!

  5. You don’t want much, do you? lol But it is good to know what we want and work consciously towards getting it. I hope by this time next year you have everything on your list checked off. 🙂

  6. I hope you can achieve all of your goals! There are some very ambitious things, but I am sure you can! 😀 Specially the fear of heights thing. I like cable cars, but I am not so fond of ferris wheels. I would also love to see a picture of you! I think you are the only one of the bloggers who is keeping her smile secret 😉

    I didn’t make any conscious list of goals to achieve, but I would also like to enjoy the simple things in life and live in the present 🙂 Also I would like to read more books and spend less time in front of the screen, but this seems complicated 😦

    1. I agree! I am trying to limit my ‘unproductive’ time in front of the computer screen. It is funny how time flies when you are really doing nothing. Now, I turn off the wifi when I plan to write and just write.

      Yes, my smile will hit the blog next Friday. I am not sure why but blogging anonymously feels safe. However, I know it is limiting as well because people often say they can’t connect with you or ‘put of face’ to the name or the blog.

      Hope you have a great year as well and a wonderful time enjoying the present. I am sure the New Year will be an adventure for you as well with a new job and a city like Shanghai to explore! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I have a great memory so I remember the dates! My husband is usually amazed and can’t understand how (or why) I remember the details about everything.

      So, you also had 3 weddings as well? It was a lot of fun planning each one of them but none of them were as fancy or extravagant as some of the ones I have attended. But, that is not the type of couple we are.

      1. Yes, we had one wedding before the state in Finland, and then one year later our little wedding in China and few weeks later our church wedding in Finland 🙂

        None of these weddings were really that fancy either and we basically only planned the chruch wedding in Finland. Our wedding in China was all planned by my in-laws which might explain why it suddenly expanded from a dinner with the family into one with100 guests…

  7. Check out toneitup.com for the daily exercise streak. They have a Love Your Body challenge going until Valentines Day. All workouts are planned for you and there’s thousands of girls to count on for motivation! This year, I want to start my own business and get scheduling down!

  8. Seeing what you have recently accomplished, I trust that you will succeed in many of your goals in 2015. It’s a great list!

    I haven’t made a formal list this year, but marketing “Tiger Tail Soup,” keeping up with my weekly blogging schedule, and working on a new novel are definite goals. I’m also looking forward to more trips to see my children and grandchildren and one special trip to attend my grandson’s high school graduation.

    1. Wow! A photo a day for 5 years! Thanks amazing and takes incredible dedication.

      I plan to share my photos weekly (or monthly) on my blog. I am learning towards every Wednesday as it easier to organize 7 photos than 31 but clearly I didn’t start yet. Sometimes I am just so indecisive.

  9. Strange. I am sure your previous post showed up as posted on January 1, 2015 when I first read it. How did it get changed? Maybe your WordPress timezone was changed to US or UK?
    There’s so many things that I want for 2015, but I guess my biggest want is to complete my book! Been slacking off for quite some time now!

  10. I love your attitude of wanting to leave in the moment, I wish you all the best for this year and in general. I hope that all your positive thoughts and wishes come true, don’t ever stop to believe in them and yourself 🙂

  11. I FINALLY got around to reading this post of yours! Happy New Year! I love this form of resolution. It gives a different attitude in making yourself better. I want to continue to travel (obviously) and I want to stop being afraid of making mistakes. I think the fear of that is what has been holding me back from taking risks. Now that I think about it, what is life without risks, am I right?! Cheers, Constance!

    1. Thanks, Pauline! Sometimes it is good to realize that some things are great and don’t need changing. Also, it is important to appreciate what we have right here in front of us.

      I love your goals as well, especially being more open to taking risks. Usually some of the best moments happen when we step out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves.

      Have an amazing 2015! Look forward to reading about your travel and other life adventures.

            1. I know what you mean! WP has been changing a lot these days and I personally feel the old system (like the stats and notifications) was way better. But, then again, maybe I am just resistant to change.

              And thanks! My husband and I have to sit down and work out the dates we want to go!

            2. Absolutely. I don’t think you are resistant to change. The changes are subpar at best. By the way, if you want to see the old notifications page, like I’m using now, open a new window and add the address wordpress.com/notifications. Your own will magically appear.

              Yes! Even if you are pondering dates and places, let me know. I can give you some ideas about times to go to see certain things like festivals or sakura, for example.

  12. This is great, love it! I actually have a similar post written (I’m still working on it), where I don’t list what I want to do, more of intentions for the year 🙂 I have a lot of the same intentions, like getting more activity/exercise, and enjoying the moment. We actually just got Fitbits yesterday so maybe that will help keep me accountable on the activity front. Best of luck on making 2015 all you want it to be!

    1. Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting. I hope you have a great 2015 as well and I look forward to hear more about the ‘fitbit.’ I read about it recently, but honestly, I don’t know much about it (I live in Taiwan and they are definitely not popular here – well, not that I know of anyway).

  13. Oh man, can I just copy/paste that into my post? Haha!! I do feel like a lot of your goals are similar though. (Minus the ferris wheel attempt – nope, no way, nuhuh! I am nurturing that fear!) The clean eating is proving hard so far, but I blame the holiday season for that. 😉 I’ll be doing a monthly posting as per the Happiness Project idea I mentioned on my blog a while back. Even with small daily goals it can be hard to focus though, I’ve found! (Possibly because my attention span is completely shot.) Anyway, all the best for 2015, and I’m sure I’ll see you around online (and maybe in Japan?? :D).

    1. When we were waiting for the fireworks on NYE to start, we went shopping and bought some things and got two tickets for the ferris wheel for free – so the one pictured in the NYE fireworks photos I took will be the one I will face my fear on! 🙂

      Look forward to reading your posts about the Happiness Project as well as we all need more happiness in our lives . And yes, I’ll see you around and hopefully pick your brain about the best sights to see in Tokyo and beyond. 🙂

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