It’s the end of the year, which means it’s New Year’s Resolution time. For the third year, I’m writing a future letter to myself — a different take on resolutions and goals for 2015. What is a future letter to oneself? As I wrote in 2013:
That’s the thing about New Year’s resolutions — sometimes it’s a one and done type of thing, like “run a marathon PR this year.” Or lose 10 pounds. But other times, the goal is more nebulous: Be a more supportive partner. Communicate better. It’s not a one-time thing — it’s a lifelong thing.So when I read about the concept of a Future Letter to Yourself on Jess Lively’s blog, I was intrigued. It’s like New Years resolutions meets your ideal resume plus your Amazon.com wish list and your travel bucket list. OK, maybe that’s just my letter, but it’s basically a letter to me, Natasha, written from the perspective of one year hence … about all the accomplishments I’ve achieved and positive changes I’ve enacted — large and small — over the course of the future year …
Next week I’ll share the “results” of my 2014 letter to myself, but first, since tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, I’ll tell you a little bit about my 2015 letter and what I’m hoping will have happened in my life come January 1, 2016.Like 2014, 2015 is going to be a year of big changes. We’ll once again be departing one post (Afghanistan) for another (Jordan), meaning the whole moving, job hunting, home leave, settling into a new post rigamarole. Some of my letter focuses on the transition and arrival to a new post, but much of it focuses on the remainder of our time in Afghanistan. After all, we’ll spend seven months of the year living here:
We fully enjoyed the many R&R and RRB travel opportunities during our tour in Afghanistan …I also made it a priority to appreciate our time in Afghanistan, despite the limitations, by focusing on the positive aspects of our tour: challenging and rewarding work experiences, development of good friendships, and the opportunity to focus on personal growth.I resumed and continued the practice of writing down three positive things that happened each day.
As always, I included health- and fitness-related goals in my letter, including keeping up the practice of using my FitBit and MyFitnessPal, teaching spinning and practicing yoga. I also included statements about hobbies and personal interests that are important to me:
My blog turned three and I continued posting regularly — at least three times per week — throughout the year.I completed my Afghanistan scrapbook and started my Project Life: Jordan scrapbook.I read more books in 2015 than in 2014, and joined a book club in Jordan.I redesigned my writing portfolio site and am planning to make freelance writing a goal for 2016.
I wrote about being flexible in our transition to Jordan and having reasonable expectations about finding work, learning a new language, adapting to a new home. I wrote about marriage, family and relationship matters that I won’t share here. I wrote about things that I hope will happen, with the understanding that only so much of life is within my control and that that’s OK.Stay tuned for a post about how much in my 2014 letter “came true.” What would be in your future letter to yourself/what are your New Year’s resolutions? Happy New Year!