At the neighborhood New Year's party, one of my neighbors took me by surprise when she asked me about my resolutions. I was in the middle of stuffing my face with appetizers and drinking every bubbly drink handed to me (it would be rude to say no to bubbly, and manners are important) so I didn't really have an answer, even though I'm absolutely the resolution-making kind. Because I wasn't prepared I had to change the topic but, after a some rest and a lazy break, this year's word came to me and I'm very excited about it. 

2015 is going to be a REAL year.

In the past few years I've been choosing a theme word instead of a list of resolutions and it's worked very well for me. In 2012, my word was "More"; in 2013 it was "Simplify"; and in 2014 it was "Me" -- I love the evolution of the words. They just work for me.

What do I mean by “real”? It's not like anyone plans to have a fake year, or even if they did, that it would be possible.

In 2015 I am going to focus on real connections, real action, real activities, real relationships. I will not be wasting time on the illusion of a life, or on what doesn’t bring me genuine joy. I’ve found that I’ve been craving more concrete experiences, and focusing on the real will be a great way to get more of those.

I think the dictionary definitions just happen to fit in quite nicely with my goals:

1. actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed. True or actual.
(of a substance or thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine.
(of a person or thing) rightly so called; proper.
synonyms: actual, nonfictional, factual, real-life, genuine, authentic, bona fide, proper, true;
antonyms: imaginary, fake, false, feigned

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2015 be real for all of us, XO.