Reflecting on 2014: Life

balanceIs it just me or does it seem as if 2014 has rushed by? Maybe time passes slower in my mind, but it seems as if it was the beginning of summer a few days ago and now it’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve all at once. They say time flies when you’re having fun but it also flies when all you’re focused on is work. For me, 2014 was about progress. Whatever I did or attempted was meant to push myself and my goals forward. This intention paid off at work, and even on this blog, but not so much in my personal life.

I had neglected my personal life. Sure, there were some fun moments with family and friends but my overall attempt at improving my personal life was a 4 on a 10-point scale. The reason for this is that I, like many others, believe that improvements at work will better all aspects of one’s life. If you have a good job, then life must be great.

But that’s not true. A good job doesn’t lead to a great life despite all the comforts it can provide. I was focused on my job because I want to advance my career and work enough to rid myself of my student loans. I was laser focused on this. But I think such a focus was a tad unhealthy. Such focus helped, though. It got me kudos at work for my great work ethic, which led to a promotion; and it helped me shave off a bit of debt and learn how to better manage my finances. But other than those, I haven’t progressed much, or even budged, in my personal life—living situation, relationships, health, and all the other stuff.

I didn’t realize this, though, because I wasn’t paying attention. Improvements in one area led me to falsely believe that all areas were also being improved. And it’s not surprising, really, that I thought so since the positives at work and in my finances made me happier and more confident. Though I am proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished in 2014, it’s time for me to work on improving my personal life. I’m shooting for a well-balanced life, if such a thing is possible. So for 2015 I plan to continue with the progress made in 2014 so I can acquire a more balanced life by 2016. I guess the word for 2015 will be Improve since I use it quite a lot in this post.

So here’s to a great 2015.

Cheers! Have a wonderful New Year.


3 thoughts on “Reflecting on 2014: Life

  1. Great New Years post, it sounds like you have a great year ahead of you. 🙂 I can totally understand the focus on work to the detriment of a personal life. I did that my first two years at university (which I’m sure is pretty unusual) but I was SO worried about failing and doing everything right and a million other things. Now that it’s my final year I’ve been trying really hard to be social even when I have a deadline and it means I might not be able to work on it as long. And do you know what I found? I’m SO much happier than I was a year ago and my grades have also improved, so maybe if you have that balance right, you can do better than if you’re purely laser focused!

    Good luck with work etc this year. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Becky! I know a few people who did that in college, especially when they began pursuing their master’s since that’s more work.

      And I agree, balance will help to get more done and will definitely make me happier.
      Thanks for stopping and Good Luck in your final year!!

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