Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found. (says google at least) So why make the resolutions in the first place? Good intentions? jumping on the band wagon? or perhaps "becuase we are supposed to"
Rather than resolutions I tent to make goals of for the year.. Typically I do these on my birthday, taking time to reflect on things I'd like to accomplish, try, or start before my next birthday... This year life was crazy busy, and I didn't carve out that time to reflect, so here I sit a few days into the near year carving out time to jot down goals... I however, find myself reflecting back on 2015, and all the blessings in my life..
I was able to kick off my volunteering year with a trip to the beach to host a retreat! I feel blessed to entire my 10th year advising Alpha Chi Omega at FSU. I can't believe it has been a DECADE.. (that makes me feel old) Following the retreat, the mister suprised me and showed up to help back up my car, and brought the pup along for a short walk on the beach and lunch before returning home. (blessing - found a passion I enjoy-volunteering! double blessing-I have a husband who is supportive of my volunteering)
I was humbled to be recognized by the local Refuge House for my volunteering with them. Truly I was in shock, I showed up to an event to support and volunteer and the net thing you know they were handing me a plaque (blessing- being able to support those in need! double blessing- being recognized for my efforts)
I was able to host several events at my home to celebrate friends, my favorite was this Monogram & Mimosa shower, each event was unique. But each event was a celebration on a milestone! I am thankful to have a house, the mister and I have made a home, and blessed to be able to make it our own each and every day!
Nothing brought this feeling of being blessed more home, than the volunteer work I was able to do this year in my hometown on New Orleans. First I was selected to attend Alpha Chi Omega's Global Service Initiatives project with Collegians traveling to Jamacia and alumnae to New Orleans. I blogged about the adventure here, here, and here. The event was amazing. I was able to connect with women across the country from various chapters, and of various ages to give back to a community that is close to my heart! I was also able to return to NOLA for the Katrina 10 project leading 250+ volunteers in a day of service in the city!
In 2015, I watched my brother in law get married, was a day of wedding planner for 5 weddings, saw my god children, collegiate friends, and family! I traveled to LA to see Ellen and go to Disneyland with C, and travel to Cashiers for a week getway with C... The holidays were busy as always with work, my birthday and Christmas, and this year I layered in a trip to NY with my dad to celebrate the death of my Grandma...
Wowzer, what a year! I have so many blessings in my life, my cup runs over.. Family, Friends and Health. Travel, work and fun! 2015 was quite a year! and those 34th year goals- well I did pretty well on them! So tonight, I go to bed thankful for a full year and happy heart! Goal setting will have to wait until tomorrow!