Recently a friend asked me about my new years resolutions, and my mind suddenly went blank. I actually hate it when people ask me what my resolutions are, and so I usually say that I don’t make any. But after giving it some thought I realized that I don’t like making resolutions in the traditional sense because I feel like I’m just setting myself up for failure. Like, I know that I’m not suddenly going to be someone who goes to the gym every day, or drastically changes some other aspect of my life. If I tried that, I would fizzle out by Jan 15, and then I would feel terrible about myself. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not continually trying to improve myself. I just do it at a more gradual pace, and without much fanfare.

So then I started reflecting on what changes I had made in 2015. And I realized that, despite not setting any resolutions in the traditional sense last year, I did make some progress. Most notably, I enacted a comprehensive plan to eliminate the lower back pain that has been plaguing me for years, and it worked! I can’t even begin to describe how nice it is to be pain free. I re-engaged with some hobbies that I had let fall by the wayside, and they brought me a lot of joy. I began keeping a recipe journal, meaning I could re-visit successful dishes I had invented on the fly. I took a trip to a place I’d always wanted to go. Boyjangles and I worked together to set a budget for ourselves for the year, and we stuck to it. All good things.

Reflecting on the successes of the past year then made it less scary for me to begin to think about some goals for the near future. So, rather than focus on your resolutions for 2016, what did you accomplish in 2015?