In 2016, I plan to…

Have you ever felt like you were ready to move on? Ready to explore the next big thing? Tired of the environment you’re surrounded by and the need to pretend as you go about your life? Or perhaps you push yourself to have such a busy schedule that you don’t have time to think about what could be otherwise.

After returning back to LA officially from the holidays, as well as a trip to Philadelphia for a Graduate Research Conference, I’ve found myself in a bit of an uncomfortable spot. Despite wishing I was feeling a little more energetic and optimistic, this uncomfortable spot has got me thinking about 2016 goals. Some of these goals may not be achievable at the current moment, but hey- I’ve still got all year! It’s only January after all!

I came home to a pretty messy room, things everywhere, clothes and books I’ve wanted to donate but haven’t gotten the chance to yet, and simply wishing I was more organized. Although, more importantly, every time I sit in my room, I wish I had a living room, a dining room, a apartment where I felt more like home than to have to retreat to my room every night. I plan to de-clutter, especially before I make my next move. I want to de-clutter, clothing, unnecessary items, and ideally be able to fit everything into two or three suitcases when I move in a few months.

I plan to make new friends in my next destination, find a crew of people that I feel I belong to. Blame it on my nomadic lifestyle, but when I come back to LA (granted, I live in Pomona which is a solid hour from LA), I can feel a little lonely. I have friends from all walks of life within 50 mile radius, but yet, I feel like I haven’t been able to find that crowd to share my passions with, to encourage me to get out and attend events, to go to events with me, etc. They say it gets harder to make friends the older we get, and that, I would have to agree with.

I plan to volunteer more. Volunteering is definitely one thing that I have neglected in the last few years, and as I think about my next community and what my life will be post graduation- volunteerism is for sure on the list.

I plan to design/decorate my living quarter with sections for all my passions. That’s a fancy way to say, I will have a gym section- with dumb bells, TRX, pull up bar, yoga mat, etc. A dedicated photography corner for my travel photos, camera, etc. Not to mention a creative, art space, for those moments I want to simply write in a journal, coloring book, etc.

Last but not least, I plan to find a job that suits me. The job may not be, and most likely, will not be everything I have ever wanted, but it will be a job that I am passionate about. It will be a job where I will feel like I’m learning from my co-workers, and making a difference in the community. At times I wish I wasn’t so picky, but I also recognize how what I do, and my environment can affect my personality, and my morale- thus, I know I will be a more productive, more optimistic, more friendly person when I contribute to doing something I am invested in.

This year will be full of changes and new experiences. Even though I may be feeling discouraged at the moment, I know, through time, I will accomplish the goals I set out to fulfill…. especially since I have my readers to keep me in check!

What are your 2016 goals? Small or big? Let’s hear them! 

3 thoughts on “In 2016, I plan to…

  1. Juni Desireé says:

    Love this! One of my goals is to do more of what I love without feeling guilty. Reading, writing and drawing are at the top of my list. I also love decluttering so that will be on my list too. Love the idea of volunteering as well and giving in general. Wishing you well in your goals!

    1. Joanne Lam says:

      Those sound like great goals! I’ve definitely been reading and drawing more as well (also on my list). What other things are you thinking that involves what you love that you normally would feel guilty for?

      1. Juni Desireé says:

        Those are the main ones since they are things I love most in life. I guess I also love organising and making lists and plans and setting goals. So that will come into it. I also love sparkles and girly and beautiful things, so I’m trying to embrace them more. E.g. Wear a tiara an a tutu and not worry about society’s expectations or people’s judgements.

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