New Year, New Resolutions

Well, it is officially 2014. Can you believe it? I’m still kind of wondering where 2013 went – it seems like just yesterday we were talking about New Year’s resolutions for the year, and already we’re looking back on those resolutions. Time flies.

If you remember, every year, I try to create a word that will encompass all the things I want to focus on for the coming year. Last year, my word was smile – I was determined to take the time to enjoy life more and stress a little less. And you know what? I think I did a pretty freakin’ good job. Sure, there were times when stress seemed to just take over my life, but I feel confident in saying that those occasions were few and far between. I really focused on doing things that I wanted to do, enjoying the little moments, and generally just trying to be more at ease with life. And while I realize that there will always be room for improvement here, I think I made some amazing progress last year and I look forward to continuing to build on that growth in 2014.

Which brings us to my 2014 New Year’s word – or in this case, phrase. This year, my focus is to Be Present. 

One thing I’ve noticed about myself is my overuse of my smartphone, particularly in social settings. There’s nothing wrong with using technology – heck, it’s done so many great things for us and has improved my life in so many ways – but I have created an unhealthy relationship with my cell phone and the things that I can do on my cell phone, and I don’t like it. More and more, I find myself checking my email/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/you name it the minute there is any lull in conversation. And most times, I’m not even looking at anything specific – it’s become a compulsion. Seriously, social media has become my tick – I just can’t not check it.

But no more. Well, maybe not no more, but certainly less (baby steps, people). This year, I’m really going to try and leave the cell phone in its rightful spot in my purse, and actually focus on enjoying the company of the people I’m with. Every year, it seems like I choose a New Year’s word that points to the importance of living your life as best you can, and truly being in the moment, and this word is no different. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – life is too short. I firmly believe that in the end, it’s your relationships that mean the most, so it seems silly that I’ve let my smartphone and social media cloud that importance.

In the same vein, I’m hoping that truly trying to be present will help me get out of my head a little more. I’m the kind of person who is always thinking about the next thing on my plate, and while that sure does keep me organized, it also causes me to miss a lot of the little things that are happening around me. I think this New Year’s word will help me with that. And I hope y’all will help me, too – don’t let me fall off the bandwagon, and hold me accountable here. I’m pretty sure I’ll need the help.

A few other things I’m looking to do in 2014 (because I can’t seem to get away from setting these seemingly impossible resolutions):

  • Blog more consistently – my goal is 2-3 times per week…every week
  • Work out more often – at least 2 times per week (I’ve let myself be lazy for too long)
  • Keep reading – I loved my 2012 resolution to read one book per month, so I’m going to try to keep this one alive
  • Improve my posture – I’m starting to see myself as a hunched over 60-year-old, which kind of terrifies me. Friends shouldn’t let friends continue to have bad posture – make me sit up straight, people.

Good luck to me, and GOOD LUCK TO YOU! Please let me know what your resolutions are this year (whether they are words, or specific actions) – we can help each other! And whenever you feel yourself struggling, just tell yourself:

I will make 2014 awesome quote

Yes. Yes, you will.


  1. Love it! This is a resolution just about everyone I know (myself included) should strive for.

    • Thanks, Adrienne. It’s actually something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. With our jobs revolving around computers, I’m a little worried it won’t stick for long, but hey, I have to try. Hope you have some awesome resolutions as well – I can’t wait to hear about them!

  2. Good one! I’m going to steal this and make this mine as well. Love you Rach!!

    • You should make it yours! I bet everyone could benefit from a little less social media madness…especially us PR gals who deal with it all day long.

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