Happy New Year everyone! I love getting the opportunity to have a fresh start with the new year so I thought I would share my new year's resolutions to help keep me on track! After getting started on this post, however, it really got me thinking - at the end of every year, why don't we also celebrate the achievements of the past year and focus on how far we've come as well? This year I've achieved so much and didn't even realize it until I stopped to think about the year that's gone by. I've shared some of my happiest and biggest achievements of the past year below and I hope that you will sit down, even just for a moment, to reflect on and appreciate what you've achieved this year, too. It's something we rarely take the time to do and it's one of the most important because what's the point of making new goals if you don't celebrate where you've been?
- Graduated college and started a big girl job
- Adopted an animal & started volunteering at an animal shelter
- Moved to a new city (and made friends! - whew!)
- Started a blog (:
But ahhhh back to the new year's resolution. Every year I always make a huge list of things I want to accomplish and like 99% of people, my resolutions usually fall through the cracks. I struggle with new year's resolutions because I have too many things I want to accomplish and not enough time! There are so many languages I want to learn, so many things I want to write about, and so many places I want to go. I've already made a giant list of things I want to accomplish in my planner, but I know fully well that it's completely impossible to accomplish everything. I think half the time, I write things down just to remind myself of all the goals I have in life - even if it won't be accomplished in that year.
This year, I hope to actually keep my new year's resolution by making this year's focus on one thing only. As cheesy as it is, I think this is the year that I want to truly focus on my health. Not just the working out/sweating type of health but a more comprehensive type of health. I want to eat healthier. I want to focus on the health of not only problem spots like love handles, but body parts like my teeth and skin as well (This means moisturizing and flossing - things that lazy me hates to do!). I also want to practice more self-care and to remember to schedule time for myself to keep my emotions and mind just as healthy as my body.
On top of all of that, however, I also plan on looking at this resolution from a more bird's eye view perspective because I want be kind to myself throughout the process of becoming a healthier me. If that means a cookie here and a lazy morning there instead of cardio or a salad, then that's okay, too. So this year, I'm hoping to keep my resolution of being healthy - but with a little dose of realism and honesty (:
What are your resolutions this year? This is a great time of year to re-vamp and get a fresh start on any new goals - but remember to be kind to yourself in the process!