I realize I am tardy to the resolution party, and also realize it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted on my beloved blog. I apologize on both counts.
The truth is, I’ve been taking the first few weeks of 2018 to truly outline my goals for the next 12 months, reflect on past resolutions and create attainable aspirations that go beyond vowing to stop biting my nails. While 2017 was considerably better than 2016, it still presented its own slew of challenges and hurdles that I’m still working to overcome. In the early hope for the new year, I’m striving to make 2018 a year of change and transformation. I want to step outside my comfort zone, outgrow bad habits, grow into positive change and ultimately become a better, healthier person. Unlike previous New Year’s resolutions, I’m taking this one day at a time. I’ve always been the type of person that becomes fixated on the immediate results, and this year I’m trying to remind myself that lasting change is a marathon not a sprint.
1.) Be patient, be kind (to yourself)
It’s so easy for me to be hard on myself and get caught up in what’s not important. This year I’m vowing to do things that bring me joy and really take care of ‘me’. In 2018 there should be no shortage of things that make you happy. If you’re reading this like,”uh well, idk what makes me happy”, I’ve provided a neat little list to help get you started in the right direction as well → surround yourself with people that make you laugh, go for a run, read a book, go for a walk, take a nap, create a mood board, find your dream job, move cities, discover your passion, do nothing, do everything, get a facial, travel the world, make new friends, step outside your comfort zone, take a bath, tell yourself that everything will always be ok. And, do these things every.single.day.
2.) Post Consistent and Stellar Blog Content
Eek. I’ve struggled with this since I launched this blog in 2016. I’ve read books, watched webinars, taken classes, talked to fellow bloggers and have endlessly followed so many other blog accounts. I always get caught up in comparing myself to others and ultimately get frustrated because I’m never “doing enough”, which often results in me not doing anything at all. *smh* But, no more. In 2018 I want to focus on creating consistently stellar content and focusing on authenticity.
3.) Prioritize My Mental and Physical Health
This is perhaps the biggest resolution of them all. As someone who’s struggled with depression and anxiety, I can attest to how truly important it is to treat your mind and body right. That’s not to say I always do though. It’s always been easy for me to skip the gym and make excuses when I feel lousy the next day, or opt for fries/fruit with the excuse of “my diet starts Monday”. This year I’m not going to commit to a strict diet or a set work out regime, but rather make healthy choices that push myself to do better. All about baby steps.
4.) Try at Least One New Restaurant/Bar/Food Truck/Eatery Every Week
This is one that I’m most excited about! Food/food-related-experiences are what drive me, and there is so much food to be had in NYC. I plan on holding myself accountable to this by starting a weekly series on here that talks about these new, rad places as I taste, try and sample every last one of them. I’ve already started a v lengthy list of spots to hit, but am always up for recommendations – nothing is off limits!
5.) Financial Responsibility
Living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, matters with money can get a bit dicey. This year I’m vowing to be smart with my spending, and whether that be putting more money towards my student loans, beefing up my savings account, etc. I think any little bit can go a long way. I’m always open to any tips/tricks you financial guru’s may have 😉
Well, there goes it. I’ve bared a tiny bit of my soul and the bruised bits I feel need some extra TLC in 2018. I love reading other peoples resolutions/goals/aspirations because they always inspire me to do better in my own life. If you have anything you’re trying to accomplish this year, I’d love to hear it! Let’s inspire each other to be better & do better this year 🙂