Welcome to 2015.

56552-New-Years-ChampagneEven though the tail end of 2014 was actually pretty terrible for me, I feel optimistic about 2015. Besides it being a delicious number to write, I feel better inside about moving forward. Once I got to the point where I wanted to move on, I started to feel excited about life’s possibilities. There’s so much I want to do!

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I’ve listed below some of my top goals and resolutions for 2015. By doing this, I can maybe hold myself accountable. Either way, it just feels really good to write it all out.

1. Draw More.
Drawing used to be one of my favorite past-times but over the past year I can count on one hand the number of times I spent drawing for fun. A mistake. How could I let an entire year go by and have almost nothing personal to show for it? Nuts. This year I’m going to indulge fully.

2. Travel to a Dream Destination.
Or rather, save for one. If you know me, then you know how long I’ve been absolutely dying to visit London or Paris or Japan. If I don’t go soon, I will surely die. I’ve recently added the English countryside and New Zealand to the list. I feel like part of my soul lies overseas.

3. Finish My Novel.
Pretty much self-explanatory. I’ve been sitting on a few, but there’s one in particular I’ve been all about for a couple of years now. It’s about damn time I do something about it and finish it.

4. Be Healthy.
I’ve dabbled in attempting a healthier eating route and this year I want to dive into it 100%. I would never do something silly like restrict myself from eating pastries and pizza, but I can cut down and overall choose healthier options. This also includes working out in addition to Kung fu. A cardio route.

5. Be Okay With Me.
I’ve experienced a lot of really rough times over the past couple of years that were full of great loss and abandonment, on many fronts. My entire life as I’ve known it has changed completely and permanently and I’ve had my heart broken a couple of times on top of that. I’ve let these things affect my self-esteem and self-worth, and because of that, have made some bad decisions that I wouldn’t have normally. It’s time I rediscover the love for myself and rise above it all. After all, I’m pretty damn awesome. I just have to remember that more often than not.

6. Volunteer.
I’ve been meaning to volunteer ever since I moved to NY a couple of years ago. (a couple years?! Whoa) I used to in other cities I lived in and have been meaning to get back into it for quite some time. I feel ashamed that I’ve been so self-focused and didn’t channel any of that energy into really helping others. I’m changing that this year. 

I have tons of other mini goals, like take a cooking or french pastry class, hone my career skills, make more money, read 100 books, go back to school for my PhD, date a real nice guy that’s also tall and bearded and smart, but these six were the main ones that I wanted to really focus on.Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetI also have two adorable planners that I will be using on a daily basis to help me focus and keep it all together. Confession: I actually bought four planners, but after many minutes of comparing, contrasting and debating, I’ve finally managed to limit them to two. They’re pretty, just like 2015 will be.

Melissa Kay will be back in 2015. The real Melissa. Watch out boys.julie-newmar-catwoman

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