Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year....New...Something


My blog is one year old! Crazy! And I'm super proud of myself for keeping up with it. :)

Now, you're all wondering what wonderful ambitious goal centered resolutions I have this year.


I got nothing.

As I watched friends and others throw out their plans for the new year; working out being number one, as usual, and other things I just felt like I couldn't commit.

I felt like setting up plans for this year was setting myself up for failure.

Last year I was able to cross off one of my 17 year old goals- I wrote a book. And I'm publishing it.....
MARCH 4, 2014

(yay! I have a release date!)

But..back to my New Years Goals, or lack thereof. See, I have this huge problem with jinxing myself. Now, stop rolling your eyes. The stories I have with how many times I jinx myself. It's so freaking stupid, every damn time. I felt like setting up goals was like jinxing myself, that if I said it out loud it won't happen.

And honestly, this year I don't feel the need to say my goals out loud for the whole world to hear (defeating the purpose of a blog in a way) They are like a secret, and the only person I have to hold accountable is myself. No one else has influence on them.

But there are a couple things I can publicly say I'm trying to be more aware of.

Labels. The internet can be an amazing thing, a great place to connect and find people with similar interest. It can also be a breeding ground for stereotypes and labels. When we attach labels to people, we are almost taking away from each unique individual. Just because you label yourself as something...doesn't mean your experience is the same as the person next to you who shares that same label. We each see the world different based on our experiences and who we are. We solve problems differently, because our minds and knowledge is different from each other.

This general labels are umbrella stereotypes that filter people into a general consensus and description of that label. How epically awful is that. So this year I'm trying to be more aware of not only how I see myself, but how I see others. I want to see each person for who they are, their strengths, the things that make them unique, not the roles they play in their lives. I hope people join me in this because we often judge based on one's own experience and man, it's hard not to do but if you only take a step back, look at the situation through unfiltered eyes, it could be very beneficial. I want to see people without their labels.

The other. I want to see myself without my labels. I want to be more kind. I want to step outside the box I live and see the world from different perceptions. And, honestly, that's not a New Years resolution, that's just simply a goal in life.

I also know that this year...I don't have any expectations. I'm just along for the ride.

This year, how are you changing how you see the world?


  1. This is great, Caitlin. Wonderful outlook on labels. So excited for your book release!

  2. Congrats on finishing your book and getting published. Can I reserve a signed copy please?? Miss you and D.....


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