I have been debating whether or not I should post my New Year’s resolutions (or as I like to call them, birthday resolutions, in an attempt to make my New Year’s Eve birthday more relevant). After a couple weeks of thinking about it – or putting it off, you decide – I have chosen to tell the world what I am planning to accomplish this year!
Normally when trying to keep myself organized, I simply write things down. This way, they’re not floating around in my head anymore, minutes away from being forgotten. Once they’re written in pen they can’t be erased, and I have way too much OCD to rip a non-perforated page out of a notebook, so I’m completely bound to the words I have written. I need something permanent in order to stick to it, anyway. And what is more permanent than a blog post to be shared with everyone I know (and don’t know)? You may all feel free to hold me to these things!
Before I start, I want to talk a little bit about my goals. If you have ever been to a leadership conference or anything similar, you are probably very familiar with how to create attainable goals. If you set the bar too high, you are only setting yourself up for disappointment. But if you set the bar too low, then you will never improve. The most important thing I have learned from the countless conferences, seminars, and classes I have attended about leadership and team building is this: it is absolutely necessary to have a plan to reach your goal. So, for the majority of my resolutions, I am going to try to lay out how exactly I am going to keep them (if it applies).
Here we go:
Keep putting myself first!
If you are a loyal reader of mine, you have definitely been made aware of how important I believe it is to do things for YOU. I won’t explain further, but I will say that for the majority of 2016 (and years prior), I was making decisions solely based on the feelings of others. This year, I am going to do things for me. Even after realizing that my happiness and mental health mattered to me more than anything else, I still find myself refraining from doing certain things because it isn’t what I’m “supposed” to do. Well, this year, I’m throwing my peers’ expectations of me out the window, and I’m gonna do something if I feel like I want to do it!
Text people back…
If you’re a friend of mine, you can probably attest to the relevance of this resolution. I don’t know what it is, but I always find a way to ignore someone that I didn’t mean to ignore. This year, I am going to try my hardest not to open text messages until I’m ready to respond to them (rather than reading them right away and thinking ‘oh, I’ll answer that later’). The little badge icon will drive me nuts, and I’ll be forced to respond.
Go to more work out classes.
This is something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’m really good about going to Zumba in the summer and over winter break, but during the school year my classes always conflict with the times Boston Sports Club offers it. This resolution might have to begin a little later, but right now my body is about as flexible as a piece of steel, and I probably should do something about that. My upcoming semester will be the busiest one I’ve ever had in college, but the second its over I’m signing up for that SoulCycle class right away! For now, I’ll continue to do my Zumba DVD in my living room (sorry in advance to the girls who live below me if you’re reading this).
Have more faith.
With graduation coming up, my life feels so up in the air. I have no idea where I’m going to be living come May, or where I’ll be working, or even which general direction my life is headed. Despite how anxiety-provoking that sentence is, I’m going to do my best to go with the flow and have faith that everything will work out. In October, I lost my job, which really put me in a horrible place. I had been working since I was fifteen, and I didn’t know what it was like to be unemployed. I let this one instance bother me for months. It wasn’t until the end of December that I finally decided to let it go and move on. I chose to have faith that a positive change would come when the time was right. The next day, I received an e-mail from my old boss asking me to work for them again. I can’t even make this up. I truly believe that this opportunity was presented to me as a direct result of me giving up my anger and having hope that everything would work itself out. This year, if I am ever in a tough situation like that again, I’m resolving to let it work itself out. I’m going to try my hardest to live by the saying ‘let go and let God,’ and have faith that everything will happen the way it is supposed to.
Stop buying things I don’t need!
This one is probably going to be my hardest resolution to keep. If unemployment taught me one thing, it was that I have purchased SO MANY unnecessary things in my life. I can’t even tell you the amount of clothes and shoes I have donated over the past year – many things still with tags on them. In 2017, I am forcing my shopping addiction to come to an end. Okay, that is the most unrealistic thing I have ever written. However, I do vow to stop buying stupid things that I don’t need, won’t wear, or have no use for. If you see me taking out my wallet for something irrelevant, you have permission to ask me what exactly I need that item for, and if I can’t give you a solid answer, please cut off my hand. Thank you in advance.
Learn how to do my hair.
This is a big one, guys. My hair is one of my biggest problems in life, I swear. Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic… but it is definitely at least a major nuisance. At age twenty-two, I am not able to curl my hair on my own. I know, so pathetic. I would like to take this time to recognize the beautiful souls that do my hair for me on a regular basis: Hannah, Casey, and Marissa, thank you for all that you have done for me over the past few years, my hair is going to be so lost without you come graduation. Now, I would be lying if I said that I am making this resolution because I want to. I am going to be honest with you all, I do not want to do my own hair. If I had it my way, my little would curl my hair for me everyday and that would be a perfectly acceptable way to live my life. But, unfortunately, she still has another year of school and I can’t bring her with me wherever I go. I figure that if I graduate college and still don’t know how to do my hair, my degree basically means nothing. I have to be an adult, so I vow to learn how to braid, curl, and style my own hair.
I’m sorry that this one is so boring, but I’m including it so that if my friends read this, they can hold me accountable. I’ve been eating clean for three days now, and let me tell you, it is not something I am enjoying very much. I don’t by any means vow to confine myself to a diet of quinoa and leaves, but I do want to weed out the unnecessary late night snacks and substitute unhealthy things for smarter choices. R.I.P. to my famous buffalo chicken dip, Brittany and I will miss eating you for dinner twice a week.
Be more present.
This is something I wrote about recently, so I don’t feel the need to go into too much detail. This year, I want to actually experience more of my daily life. I feel like I often miss out on something going on right in front of me because I’m too busy thinking about something else, focusing on things I need to get done, or (you’re lying if you can’t relate) staring at my phone. In 2017, I am going to hang up and hang out! Thank you to my beautiful friend Holly for sharing that phrase with me.
Visit at least 10 new places.
Last year, I experienced so many new places, and I am eager to do the same this year! These ten places can be anything from a new country to a new city. I really want to travel more within the United States in 2017, because most of the travel that I have done throughout college has been international – and I want to see what my own country has to offer! I’m excited to see where this year will bring me.
Thank you all so much for reading my main birthday resolutions! Below is a list of the other things that I am hoping to accomplish this year:
- Don’t put off schoolwork until the last minute.
- Finish an entire notebook without leaving any blank pages.
- Pray more.
- Find a real person job after graduation.
- Stick to a solid nighttime routine to avoid bad skin.
- Do what I say I’m going to do.
- Get better at doing my make-up.
- Eat more vegetables.
- Find a work-out routine that will help me get rid of my turkey arms!
- Make more time for people.
- Take risks and do things that make me uncomfortable.
- Drink more water.
- Create more innovative content on my blog.