It has been a long time since I published a blog post. I swear it wasn’t out of sheer laziness, but I would be lying if I said that didn’t play a small role in my hiatus. I have been wanting to put out new content but I switched majors last semester and was working every day, so time got the best of me and I couldn’t find the time to sit down and put my thoughts into words. Which is actually a great transition to the purpose of this article: My new year's resolutions. This includes blogging more or at least writing things down in a consistent journaling style. I know I’m a little late to the party as we are now more than 2 weeks into the new year but hey, it’s never too late to improve your lifestyle am I right? And technically, this is my first day back in the real world because my incredibly long winter break just ended yesterday, and I am job searching, in school, and looking for hobbies and habits to improve my life.
New year's resolutions can suck because most of the time we end up ditching them by February. However, if you think of it more as a permanent lifestyle change instead of applying the words “New Years resolution” to your new goals, it makes it easier to accomplish. Invest in a cork board or chalkboard or journal and re-write your goals somewhere every day to remind yourself that you want this. To go even further, write down why you want to accomplish these things. If you don't have a good reason, you are likely to drop the goal. But if you really establish why you want to do a certain thing, it will give you that extra motivation to just DO IT (Shia Labeouf voice). So let’s get started, here are my resolutions that I am sharing in hopes to inspire those who couldn’t come up with any of those looking for inspiration.
- Get up when I wake up. Usually, when I wake up, I spend 30 minutes to an hour laying bed debating getting up or playing candy crush on my phone. However, I’ve found that I feel so much happier, and like I got the most out of the day when I wake up early. I’d like to do some stretches and make breakfast and tea instead of getting up 20 minutes before I have to leave my house, resulting in a skipped breakfast and arriving at work or class with tired eyes and a brain that isn’t quite awake yet.
- Eat less sugar and dairy. I know that I feel bloated and I break out as a result of eating both of these things, so instead of just telling myself I’m going to “Eat Healthier!” I decided to make a specific goal that I KNOW will benefit me.
- Continue to go minimize my Waste. During the month of November, I attempted to go waste-free. I didn't succeed in going 100% waste free, and gave up for the week of Thanksgiving) but I did significantly reduce my waste just by using reusable bags, water bottles, and mugs as well as buying less packaged foods and buying in bulk (Which actually saved me money!). So, for 2018 I want to continue this practice and reduce my waste as much as comfortably possible (some adjustments are just not practical where live right now)
- Actively improve my outlook on life. I find myself constantly finding things to do to become more positive, but not going through with them, ie: pinning hundreds of journal prompts on Pinterest and then not even looking at them. So, in 2018, I’m going to do one thing every day that makes me thankful to be here and living a unique and powerful life.
- Stop going to Walmart. Self Explanatory, but I have a whole article coming soon on why you should avoid mass-corporations!!!!!!!!