‘Tis the season to turn our lives around because it’s a ~NEW YEAR~!!! I’m sure a few of us are vowing to complete all of the things that we quit doing on January 5th last year—like saving money, losing 20 pounds, or the extremely vague “being happy.” While being more frugal, healthier, or happier is a good concept, it’s not likely to last long.
You know what will make these greater goals attainable, though? Making them smaller goals!
If you want to be more frugal, make a savings plan (like putting a dollar in a jar each day or each time you ___).
If you want to be healthier-and better looking-plan what you are going to eat and when/how you are going to workout. Buy more vegetables when you go to the store and look up yummy recipes for them; you’re more likely to reach your goals when you enjoy what you’re doing.
Oh, and the really tricky resolution: be happy. Really, how does one go the entire year without experiencing any sadness, anger, frustration? If you know, please let me know asap!!! I think it’s safe to say that we’re all looking to smile more in our everyday lives—even when they can be really rough sometimes. It’s much easier said than done, commanding people to love themselves, love their friends & family, and love what they do. Social media tricks us into thinking that everyone else’s lives are all butterflies and sunshine all the time. WRONG. We have been brainwashed with this notion, and it’s making us so sad! Yes, happiness is good, happiness is great. Unfortunately, happiness is not always realistic. Of course there are steps you can take towards a happier life: quit worrying about the future—it will come soon enough; quit worrying about how you look—no one really cares; just quit worrying so much!
This year, if you are making resolutions, make it a practical one: one that is more likely to be completed. I’m pretty sure the only resolution that I’ve kept throughout an entire year was my sophomore year when I decided I would brush my teeth and wash my face every single night before bed—no matter how tired I was. Guess what! That was one of my best years yet. I not only had great teeth and skin, but I was happy. Because I quit stressing over the goals that I simply couldn’t attain. So I challenge you to come up with a plan that could make 2016 your best year yet.
If you’re stumped, here’s a few ideas:
- Try out a new healthy meal at least once a week
- Drink more water
- Read more books/read something every day
- Write more/write every day
- Quit drinking coffee/caffeine (not advisable)
- Clean your room/desk/car
- Set a workout goal (4 times a week, 20 minutes a day, just get moving!)
- Watch less TV
- Don’t go on your phone before falling asleep at night
- Get more sleep
- Schedule at least one night a week to be your time with your friends, family, and/or spouse
- Call your grandparents more often
- Do more of what you love every day (whether that be working out, crafting, writing, or something else)
The list can go on and on, and there’s no unreasonable resolutions as long as it is achievable. I hope that this made you feel a little bit better about not accomplishing your previous year’s objectives, and most of all, I hope you have a HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!