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Here are my New Year’s resolutions – What are yours?

Here are my New Year’s resolutions – What are yours?
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2015  New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2014 was fabulous and ended on a happy note and that you are left with much to look forward to in 2015.

I LOVE New Year’s Day….actually there aren’t many holidays that I don’t love, but the New Year is special.  It’s a clean slate, a fresh start, and an obvious opportunity to change your life for the better.

I despise the word “resolution” because it implies that something is temporary, a wishy washy way to perhaps try something new, which maybe you’ll get to, and maybe your won’t.  Every year I make goals, but I give myself projects to do.  Personally, I feel that something like fitness and health should be a permanent change, a lifestyle, not a temporary goal.  Also, that any time of the year is a good time to make positive changes to your health.  My health goals do not belong on this list, so instead at New Years I create projects that involve learning something.

Last year I had all kinds of stuff on my list and they all happened….including the ones I had NO control over whatsoever.  I’ll get there in a minute.

2014’s Resolutions were:

First a quick story; an extra special glimpse into the inner workings of my brain.  In past posts I’ve mentioned that I worked with a mentor that taught me to work and obtain my goals through meditation.  Visualize the ultimate goal, not just the ones I thought were smaller and attainable.  So, in addition to the one that I made that was attainable, I focused on the changes I wanted made to my life, even though I had no idea how to get there, or what these changes would mean in my life.

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This time last year, I was living in Houston, not yet engaged to my now amazing husband.  I owned my own business, which was going well, but the work environment at the clinic I was in was HORRIBLE. I acknowledged that I wanted to make changes to these aspects, and then decided the general direction I wanted to take those changes.

These were my goals

  • Finish the projects I started, and when I start new ones, finish them before I start new ones – this is going very well and was also my one “attainable” goal
  •  A continuation from 2013 – I started reading the classics.  Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, etc.
  • Leave the clinic I was working out of – this is the start of the broad spectrum goals
  • Add a yoga teaching certification into my repertoire
  • Become engaged, possibly married – luckily he was on the exact same page
  • Travel more

Well if you’ve read my bio, you know that 2014 was certainly an adventurous year for me.  In February, Mr. Tukiainen came home and said, “how do you feel about moving to Finland?  The company is ready to send me home for a while.” (Not those exact words but that’s a pretty accurate summary) We had been discussing getting married for a while, we knew it was coming, so, to make our lives much easier we decided to get married before we moved here.  2 days before my birthday in March I got engaged, and before the month was out I got married.  As a wedding present my wonderful husband sent me to yoga teacher’s school.  And at the end of May, we moved (and no longer working in that clinic).  Since we’ve been here I’ve gotten to travel around Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Poland.  How’s that for getting all my goals met? Woohoo, it’s been an amazing year!

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Here we are a year ago, today, bringing in 2014!

New Year Resolutions

Resolutions for 2015:

  • Continue to figure out this blogging thing which I so enjoy
  • Learn to cook more traditional Scandinavian food – I already have books and resources to help me….I just haven’t gotten a round to it yet
  • Read 20 books this year – 3 of which about Yoga
  • Learn to use the good camera  (for your viewing pleasure,  you’re welcome)
  • Get accepted to Culinary school in Helsinki (application almost complete, say a prayer for me please!)
  • Try my hand at painting (again)

Resolutions for 2015

  • What are your goals for this year?
  • What are your thoughts on resolutions? Love ‘em, or leave ‘em?

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About The Author

Ashley Tukiainen

Ashley is an American living in Finland. She is a holistic health practitioner, yoga teacher, home chef and blogger at www.chroniclesofacoldtexan.com.

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