Future Letter to Myself: 2016


new year's resolutions, future letter to yourself, 2016 resolutionsIt’s time to share my now-annual tradition of a future letter to myself — my version of New Year’s resolutions. 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 2015 letter to myself, but first, since it’s New Year’s Eve, I’ll tell you a little bit about my 2016 letter and what I’m hoping will have happened in my life come January 1, 2017.Compared to 2015 and 2014, 2016 is not going to be a year of as many big changes — things like departing one post and arriving to another one, leaving a job and starting a new one, etc. At least, I don’t expect it to be. That’s the thing about these letters — as much as I like to schedule and predict everything in life, it’s impossible.The content of my letter runs the gamut from marriage and family to work and school to travel and hobbies. I focused a lot on work-life balance and setting limits in terms of work hours and expectations for myself when it comes to career and school. (Can you tell I’m a perfectionist?) I wrote about continuing to blog regularly, being grateful, health and fitness and other personal matters I won’t share on this blog. Here’s a sample:

I made a conscious efforts to work 10 hours a day or less, unless exceptional circumstances called for more.

I understood that who I am is not what I do, and carved a separate identity and life separate from work.

I  completed six more classes in my Purdue graduate school program — or 80 percent toward my Master of Science in Communication.

Kail and I were able to enjoy in-country and regional travel …

I reestablished the practice of using MyFitnessPal and my Fitbit.

Despite time limitations, I carved out a little time to enjoy personal hobbies.

Read previous future letters to myself (2013, 2014 & 2015), along with their outcomes (2013 & 2014). Stay tuned for a post about how much in my 2015 letter “came true.”What would be in your future letter to yourself/what are your New Year’s resolutions?

Published by La Vie Overseas

I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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