HNY!!! Welcome 2017, we’ve been waiting for you.
Part of me doesn’t understand the purpose of a holiday that only celebrates a man made calendar, but the rest of me (the majority) loves a good celebration!!! Therefore, I’ve gone along with traditions and created a list of resolutions, the first being to make a list, the second being keeping up with my blog. What better way to start the year and the (public) blog than to share my goals for the year, the cliché ones and all!
1. Keep up with your blog.
Okay, yes, you know this already, but hopefully sharing this will help me stick to this one. My goal is to post at least once a month and then I’ll just build from there.
2. Create healthier habits.
Cliché #1. Only I haven’t resolved to get skinnier or diet. I resolved to create healthier habits. Today’s society has distorted “healthy” to mean “skinny”. I want to get more sleep (at the proper time of the day), drink more water, get outside and get active, etc. instead of laying around on my computer….except right now, I gave myself a pass 😛
3. Set a date with God.
This past summer, I worked at a Christian sports camp. Although I was a staff member hired to lead campers, I learned a lot myself from my campers and my peers. A major thing that stuck with me came from my co-counselor. She said that she “sets a date with God” each day. Its easy to get bogged down by life and let yourself push spending time in the word to the bottom of the list. Dates are different for some reason. If you plan to go to the movies with a boy, you go. If you schedule lunch with your best friend, you show up. She said that she sets a date with God and holds herself accountable to it. She doesn’t stand God up. I’ve been slacking off in my relationship with Him and I resolved to set dates with God every day.
4. Fall in love with yourself.
I have a habit of trying to please people. Now, I’ll let you know, I also have a big mouth that never seems to shut and a naive sense of what is appropriate or not so I don’t always succeed, but deep down I know that I “need” the approval of others and it tears me apart. On top of that, I don’t like conflict, so typically I’ll just avoid something and hope that it passes. In no way shape or form is that the mature approach, but I’m going to work on it. Part of my problem is that I don’t love myself like I should. When others are upset with me and think (or, more commonly with girls, talk) about me in a negative way, I in turn view myself that way. I let their poor opinion of me become my opinion of myself. I’ve resolved to love myself the way that I try to love others, despite their mistakes and differences. I once read a quote that said, “You’re feelings are valid purely because you feel them.” No one is allowed to tell you how you should feel about anything and that includes how you feel about yourself. Everyone has walked a different path in life and has been affected in different ways. I love the person that I am, or at least I’m trying to.
5. Worry less.
I let myself be consumed by things. Deadlines, college and adulting, money, people not liking me. You know, the usual. But worrying helps none of these things. Most of the stuff people worry about never happens so I’ve decided to chill out. If it won’t matter in 5 years, it doesn’t deserve more than 5 minutes of my time.
6. Experience more.
I’m a typical 20 year old girl. I like clothes, and decorations, and flee markets, and other things that I don’t need. I resolve to become more of a minimalist and use more my time and money to experience more. I’ll be a senior this fall and I’ll be in the real world. For now, I want to travel and try new things and find new hobbies. I want to take more time to feed my passions and I feel like this is my time.
7. If it makes you happy, do it.
As I said, I have a habit of people pleasing. I’ll cater to those around me before meeting my own needs. Although I believe that everyone needs a little help now and again, I’ve resolved to focus on myself. That sounds very self centered, but I think it’s necessary. How am I supposed to help others if I’m helpless myself.
Along with this, I like to be with people. So, if I want to do something that no one else wants to do, I don’t do it. I’ve missed out on way more things than I care to admit purely because I have issues with doing things alone. I’ve resolved to do it. I’m gonna do what I want to do. I’m gonna go watch the sunrise even if its early, eat at my favorite restaurant even if everyone else has already had dinner, go to the baseball game even though all of my friends hate baseball. I’m going to experience more by loving myself more and becoming more comfortable being alone (or with my dog because I just got a new puppy and he’s great and I can’t wait to take him to the lake and baseball games and everywhere)
So here’s to 2017, I have a good feeling about this one!
P.S. If you have any resolutions of your own that you think I’d like to hear, comment and let me know!