I'd like to comment on ways to boost your flute game for the new year. First of all, just remember that only a few days have passed since December and the past isn't that far away, but neither is the future. It's not like you can really let go of everything you did in 2015 immediately, and 2016 isn't going to come all at once.
I plan to take this week as slowly as I can, blocking out my days into a couple of distinct parts. One is for obligatory work, obviously, but one is for personal work - i.e. competitions, websites, and personal projects. Another is for tackling a couple of things around the house (today, Tuesday, is my turn to scoop kitty litter, for example), and another is ME TIME.
sometimes we are bad about finding "Me Time"
It all adds up, so every day doesn't have to be completely full.
My main New Year's resolution (ugh, I hate this term so much) is to participate in an orchestral excerpt competition. Specifically, this one that the National Flute Association is holding as a part of its Annual Convention, which will be in San Diego this summer. So what if one of the requirements is from Stravinsky's Firebird? So what if the deadline is February 16th? So what if it costs $70 to enter and only three finalists will get to perform at Convention and earn prize money? I'm doing it anyway because I need to set a goal. Luckily, it's an easily obtainable one: all I need to do is record and submit them, and I've achieved my goal! Would it be nice to win? Of course, but that is not my ultimate goal.
See what I'm getting at here?