Happy 2018, everyone! I have a good feeling about this year and let’s be straight – I’m not typically the kind of person who likes the month of January. “New” things have always freaked me out in some sense. I have anxious tendencies and like anyone, I am comfortable with familiarity and routine. I can also be a skeptic, hence why January, filled with lofty goals and expectations for the coming year, is not usually my favorite month!
All of that aside though, I’m excited about 2018 and what this year will hold. I’m actually enjoying the fact that it’s January – and I think I know why. This is the first year where my main resolution isn’t completing a workout program, getting a 4.0 GPA, saving more money than I can imagine or finding and landing the perfect job. Instead of pushing, testing and pressuring myself to be something (or someone) better than who I am today, I’ve boiled it down to one simple idea: be myself.
A lot of smaller tasks tie into resolutions. To lose weight, you must exercise and drink more water. To reduce stress, you should try meditation or talk to friends. To improve your career, you might want to build your network or develop hard skills. But my main resolution isn’t really tied to a laundry list of to-dos. While of course there are things I want to do differently, I’ve thought long and hard about what I actually want to do vs. what I feel like I should do in the new year. By focusing on what you want to do instead of trying to be a perfect person, you end up embracing who you are in a totally cool and natural way. That’s what I’m all about in 2018 – and here’s how I’m going to do it!
Do more of what I ENJOY.
- Attending barre3 classes after work and on weekends
- Testing out a new baking recipe once a month
- Taking time to sketch and draw during the week
- Reading one book a month from my never-ending reading list (that I seriously started in high school)
- Budgeting for a monthly manicure at my favorite salon – Lacquer in downtown Austin for all my fellow Austinites 😉
Manage to do less of what I DON’T enjoy.
- Balancing stress with meditation, rest and exercise
- Making playlists for my commute to and from work (sitting in 6pm traffic with the radio on is the actual worst)
- Spending time face-to-face with friends and family instead of surfing social media when bored
- Going makeup-free at least once a week (because putting on makeup every single day is totally exhausting)
Hopefully, these simple resolutions will inspire you to make small changes in your life that you actually want. Someone once told me that resolutions are meaningless unless you’re able to define why you’re doing them. For me, I’m on a journey to manage a perfectionism problem that I (and probably many of you) have had for literally forever, and the best way to start tackling that is to simply be yourself and do the things that you enjoy!
What are your resolutions this year?? Leave them in the comments below and wishing all of you a wonderful start to 2018!