I like the idea of resolutions – trying to become a better version of yourself, actively working toward your goals… I know they get a bad rep and people think they’re stupid, and I do agree that you don’t have to wait until the beginning of a new year to start bettering yourself, but I guess I just like the hope of a fresh start, and maybe writing these down will actually help me stick to them.
- Pick your battles
I find myself getting far too worked up/brought down by meaningless things, and I hope in 2017 to realize that a lot of things are just not worth getting upset or sad over.
- Cook more (and eat better)
I used to think I knew how to cook because I could make a plate of pasta… In 2017, I’d like to experiment more, and actually use some recipe books I own instead of what I do now, which is occasionally look through the pretty pictures of food. Last year, I also realized that eating well makes me feel infinitely better (and look better, let’s be real), so I’d like to focus on eating properly this year, especially focusing on whole foods.
- Complain less and focus on the good
I think this is self-explanatory. I spent so much of 2016 feeling sorry for myself and complaining about little things, especially ones I couldn’t control – and for what? This year, I hope to focus on the good, and appreciate the things in my life that make me happy to be alive. To be able to fulfill this resolution, I want to start physically keeping track of the things, people, and moments that I’m grateful for, so I can look back and realize that I’m actually pretty damn lucky.
- Stick to a stable exercise schedule
I was on a roll last year and then stopped because I’m an idiot, so this year I hope to maintain a consistent workout plan and actually stick to it for more than a few months. Wish me luck.
- Read more
Being a law student, I’m pretty much always reading… but I’ve completely neglected reading for my own pleasure. I have a stack of books on my shelf right now that are just collecting dust that I keep wanting to get around to, so I hope I actually get to finish some of them this year and take some time to read for myself.
- Keep a (slightly) more consistent sleep schedule
I accidentally went to bed at 9 PM on Christmas Day, and subsequently woke up at like 7 AM for the next 5 mornings – and I have never been more productive in my life. I’d also like to wake up more than 20 minutes before I have to leave for school, so that I can feel like a functional human being.
- Take more risks
This sounds really lame, but seriously. I’m 23 years old, there’s no excuse for spending EVERY weekend in studying or self-loathing. This not only applies to going out and doing things, but also to taking more fashion risks, makeup risks – generally anything I’ve stopped myself from doing because I was worried about what someone might think.
- Watch new things instead of watching The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks and Rec over and over and over…
Of all my resolutions, this is probably going to be the hardest one to keep.
- Be more confident
I think I’ve actually come a really long way from the insecure 16 year-old dork I used to be, but I still have some ways to go. I’m pretty confident in myself, but there are so many times where I irrationally assume someone hates me for no reason or is thinking the worst about me. Or maybe they are. But the point is, I shouldn’t care.
More and more I feel like all I am is a living ball of anxiety, and I think setting aside a few minutes every day to myself will be really beneficial for my well-being, and I need to start taking care of myself a little more. Plus, everything is an app nowadays, so this can’t be THAT hard, right?
- Take more pictures
Looking through my phone and camera from this year, I realized I took maybe 100 pictures this year. This may sound like an appropriate amount, but not when you take into account the fact that like 80% of those were pictures of my dog. I know experiencing things and living in the moment is the best way to remember something, but there’s nothing like looking back at old pictures, and I want to be able to give future me that feeling.
- Start painting again
I suck, but I love it, and I’m not sure why I stopped. Probably because I felt like I sucked.
- Keep things uncluttered
In 2016, I threw away dozens of garbage bags filled with things I was keeping around for no reason, and clothes I hadn’t worn in 5 years but were still in the back of my closet. I hope to keep the minimalist outlook going in 2017 and only hang onto the things I need or love.
- Learn how to keep plants alive
Since I plan on moving out in a few months, I’d love to fill my place with plants – but since I’ve killed a cactus before, I should probably learn how to take care of them first.
- Blog more, and consistently
One of the main reasons for starting this blog was to have a record of some things going on in my life right now. I’ve never been big on journals and all that, so I figured this is a way to document my life while also being a creative outlet that I can look back on. In 2017, I hope to make this a consistent part of my life.