New Year’s Resolutions – 2017

There’s something to be said about new beginnings.

It’s the ability to start fresh with a clean slate that gives you hope that you can be better tomorrow than you were today.

New Year’s Resolutions are some of the biggest promises people make to themselves, to their loved ones, to their communities, but oftentimes, they’re some of the most broken promises as well.

What makes keeping a resolution so difficult? Why is breaking them so easy?

I think the most popular resolution is to lose weight in the new year, as opposed to just simply starting now. As if the new year will bring a new sense of discipline that the previous year just couldn’t match.

Keeping a resolution is difficult because most resolutions we set are challenging. We set them for the future, because we’re afraid to tackle them now, and that’s why they’re so easy to break, because they’re hard.

Because they push us outside of our comfort zones.

And we like to be comfortable.

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t supposed to be easy to achieve. No goal is supposed to be easy, otherwise it wouldn’t be a goal, it would just be another item to check off of your daily to-do list.

While I’ve never been the biggest fan of New Year’s Resolutions, simply because most get discouraged when they don’t achieve their goal because they are afraid to leave their zone of comfort, I understand them.

And I make them.

Every single year – 2015, 2016

As I sit here on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the age of twenty-five and ponder the past year, I can’t help but notice how much I’ve changed, and, dare I say, it’s all been for the better.

I quit a job that wasn’t bringing me joy.

I moved from New Orleans to D.C. and began creating a new life.

I traveled to Germany and Paris and Ireland.

I got a new job and began honing and developing new skills.

I began focusing on becoming more mindful and aware and loving to my body by feeding it well and exercising regularly and remembering that Vitamin D does wonders for the soul.

I fell more and more in love with myself this past year than I ever have before, and although 2016 wasn’t all pleasantries, it was a wonderful year for me full of changes and curveballs and triumphs.

There’s something to be said about new beginnings.

And if it takes a new year entirely for you to pledge to yourself to become a better version of you tomorrow than you were today, do it.

Because you deserve it.

Because your future self deserves it.

And because I want you to look back on 2017 a year from now and firmly say, “I kicked 2017’s ass” and believe that you did.

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2017: 

  1. Be a more mindful human. 
    I will watch my tone with others and reel in the sass, especially with those I love most. I will listen to my body and nurture my body by continuing to feed it well with food and exercise and love it for where it is now. I will nurture the relationships in my life and be more purposeful in them through love and action.
  2. Write every single day.
    I will remember the kitchen timer method, and I will write everyday, even if it’s just for twenty minutes, not because it is a chore, but because it brings me joy, and I will give attention in 2017 to what brings me joy.
  3. Express my love without fear.
    Because the people in my life need to know.
  4. To be present.
    I will enjoy being in the moment, with company and without. I will not use social media or my phone as a crutch in social situations or when I’m “bored.” I will engage with purpose with others and my surroundings.
  5. To recognize my worth and command others to recognize and respect it. 
    I will remember that my knowledge is valuable and it should be viewed as such by others and respected. I will not bend over backwards for those who will not bend over backwards for me. I will remember my limits personally, emotionally, professionally, and so forth, and I will never forget that I am worthy.
  6. To treat myself.
    I will take care of myself as I take care of others. I will ensure that my needs are met. I will treat myself to a manicure if/when I can. I will buy that $20 pomegranate lotion from Victoria’s Secret simply because it smells good (and I did!). I will buy Anna Kendrick’s “Scrappy Little Nobody” because I want to read more of what I enjoy reading about and that’s people and their stories. I will take a twenty minute bubble bath or light that candle while I work from home or have that third cup of coffee, because it’s nurturing my soul and I deserve to pamper myself.

This list will grow as I grow, and this list will evolve as I evolve, but this is the foundation that I am choosing to build my new year upon, and I am excited.

There’s something to be said about new beginnings.

And if it takes a new year entirely for you to pledge to yourself to become a better version of you tomorrow than you were today, do it.

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