Often times people resolve to lose weight, exercise or eat healthy in the new year. I mean, can you prove me wrong? I’d be willing to say it’s one of the most common resolutions made on January 1st… if not the most. Unfortunately, often times they fail. There is a reason why. Keep reading to figure out why – and to find out the solution. In 2014, I tried to put an end to those kinds of resolutions all together. I pledged to not only love my body but respect my body, my mind and myself instead of making a new year’s resolution to lose weight that would only dwindle away and result in lost hope. The problem with a lot of New Year’s resolutions is that people don’t realize that a completed resolution often requires a lifestyle change – not a month of determination.
Resolutions are often GIANT goals that can seem overwhelming and unobtainable after a few weeks. My suggestion to you this year if you’re making a new year’s resolution is to think about why you’re making it and to think of it as a lifestyle change. In order to achieve it, create small goals for yourself. Small steps make climbing a mountain that much more feasible. Write down your goal and the steps you will take to achieve it; revisit your notes frequently to stay focused.
I’ve shared my story before: loving myself and obtaining a body I was proud of took time and was a hard journey. If you’re hoping to change your body in 2016, understand that it wasn’t until I changed my mentality that I changed my body. And now, with a new healthy lifestyle, I feel good, strong and healthy every day. Instead of hating your body and wanting to change it, learn first to love your body in any way, shape or form, because the more you love your body, the more you’ll want to take care of it and treat it well – nourish it.
This year I don’t need to make any major changes to my workout routine, eating habits or self-esteem. In 2016, I want to focus more on creating a well-rounded, fulfilled, happy lifestyle for myself that I can maintain throughout the years. Graduating in May is sure to bring a lot of changes to my life, so I’m putting all of my goals in writing here to keep myself on the right track over the five months before graduation and the months to follow.
In 2016, I want to find balance. I feel like right now I am at the busiest time of my life. I’m trying to finish school early, get good grades, perform well in my internship, participate in school organizations, turn my blog into a business, spend time with my friends, spend time with Ty, spend time with my family, maintain an apartment and find time for me. In 2016, I hope to prioritize my life, focus more on making sure that I’m happy and nourishing relationships. It’s time to prioritize, schedule, plan and find balance.
In 2016, I want to turn my blog into a business. Most people expect me to go off and get an office job after graduation in May. No one ever really thinks that blogging as a business or freelance is a legitimate option, but I’m hoping to prove them all wrong and turn by blog into a business in 2016 and freelance on the side. My journal is filled with a carefully detailed plan and set of mini-goals to be able to accomplish this feat. I’m up for the challenge, though! I think I’ll regret it if I don’t give this little corner of the internet my full and best effort. This really feels like a full-time kind of thing.
In 2016, I want to read more. I love reading; I always have, and I always will. For as long as I can remember, though, school has really gotten in the way of me reading for pleasure. So after May, I want to indulge in some good reads – and maybe even sneak one or two books in during spring break this year.
In 2016, I want to travel to one place I’ve never been before. This one shouldn’t be too hard, but I wanted to document this goal to hold myself to it just in case. It doesn’t have to be a big, flashy and expensive vacation, but I want to always explore and discover new things – learn. So if I plan a weekend vacation, I want to expand my horizons. This year, I went to Door County for the first time, and look what happened – I fell in love with it. I also went to Des Moines for the first time and discovered the most beautiful farmer’s market. Great things happen when you explore.
In 2016, I want to move out on my own. It’s hard, because I love being home and spending time with my family so much. Honestly, I could probably live with my family forever and be so happy, but I’ve grown up a lot in the past few years, and I really feel like moving out solo is something I’m ready for. Moving out for college, into a dorm, sorority house and then into my college apartment has really given me a glimpse into “adulthood,” but I know that I can handle more than paying the cable bill each month and I will be able to manage my budget, bills and life as an adult!
I have high hopes for 2016. It’s going to be a year of big changes, but I know that I’ll have my family and friends by my side.
What are your goals for 2016? Have you set any? Why or why not? Make them obtainable, concrete and measurable to be able to hold yourself accountable and make your way toward achieving your dreams.