My 2015 Resolutions

I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but hey, let’s talk New Years’ Resolutions!

Historically my attempts at New Years’ Resolutions have been half-hearted at best. I always picked the typical resolutions: eat healthier, exercise more, go to bed earlier. They were boring and vague, and if I slipped up I felt like a failure, and wasn’t motivated to keep going. I definitely wasn’t setting myself up for success.

 

New year, new notebooks

 

I’m not sure what makes this year different (Maybe it’s my new notebooks?), but I’m really excited for the fresh start! I read about other bloggers’ process for picking New Years’ Resolutions: specific, realistic goals that don’t take themselves too seriously. One of my favorite ideas was from Elsie Larson’s Four Simple Goals… Before 2014. She recommends making goals that will enhance your life, which I think is great because you’re more likely to succeed when you’re not trying to change everything about you. I also loved the idea of making yearly and seasonal goals, so I have short-term goals as well as my big resolutions for the year. Plus, I can make some new resolutions in 2 or 3 months if I get bored or think of something new to work on. It’s the best of both worlds!

 

Here are my “big” resolutions for 2015:

  • Write everyday
  • Keep a reading log
  • Be kinder to myself
  • Learn new things

 

I didn’t officially pick a word for 2015, but “practice” might be my unofficial word of the year. Spoiler alert: I am really bad at keeping up with routines. So this year I really want to work on adding little habits that will build a practice of writing and reading… that doesn’t require becoming a morning person overnight. I’m already making good headway on my reading and writing, and I’m excited to explore them more as the year goes on!

 

While I definitely wanted to make goals that will stretch myself, I also want to be kinder to myself this year. Anxiety runs in my family, and while I haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, I have noticed an increase in anxious tendencies since I’ve entered my twenties. I also can have really unrealistic expectations of myself, so this year I’m going to work on self-care and being kind to myself.

 

One way I want to be kinder to myself is by resolving to learn new things, which actually gives me permission to not know things. Sometimes I feel disappointed in myself if I have to ask for help when I don’t know something I “should” know (see aforementioned unrealistic expectations of myself). So this year I’m going to work on looking at things I don’t know as a chance to learn something new. Another bonus about this resolution is that it gives me a great excuse to experiment just because. It’s a win-win!

 

I am so inspired by these big resolutions! They’re just small shifts in my thinking process that I think will make a huge impact, and I couldn’t be more excited!

 

Winter 2015 Resolutions:

  • Eat a fruit or veggie with every meal/ snack
  • Eat less refined sugar
  • Organize my closet
  • Read a new-to-me fantasy series
  • Read some nonfiction
  • Multitask/ procrastinate less

 

These resolutions might sound like the “eat better, exercise more” resolutions, but I like them because they’re small, concrete things I can add to the things I already do. Instead of trying to eat a salad for every meal or eating no sugar at all, I can eat some extra fruits and veggies at lunch, and eat a little bit of chocolate when the chocolate cravings hit. The other resolutions may turn out to be a little overly ambitious, but if I don’t accomplish everything on this list I’m going to take a note from Erin of Reading My Tea Leaves – Don’t sweat the deadlines. My resolutions are written down, so even if I don’t start right away or find myself eating cereal for dinner, my resolutions will still be there. And I can always try again tomorrow.

 

Here are some of my favorite resolutions from other bloggers:

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Tabitha!

    Thanks for including me in your resolution roundup! I am honored to be included in the same space as Austin Kleon – I’m a huge fan! I can’t wait to start reading your blog and see how you do with these. “Practice” is a great word of the year – I like it. I still haven’t chosen mine, but I’m thinking it might be “create.” Still musing over here… and better late than never, I suppose.

    Can’t wait to read more of your stuff!
    Abbigail

    1. Hi Abbigail!

      You are so welcome! I discovered your blog through your articles at The Collaboreat, and I have loved reading your stuff! I’m a huge Austin Kleon fan too, so your post about the 2015 Book Project + his posts about reading logs inspired me to track my reading (which I’ve never really tried before). I’m really excited about it!

      And I definitely spent some time mulling over my resolutions for this year, so I think it’s fine that you’re still musing on your word of the year. I think it’s way better if it’s really thought out instead of picked in a panic. (Or am I the only one who makes last-minute panic decisions?)

      I’m glad you like the blog so far, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Inkwells & Images!
      Tabitha

        1. It really is such a cool idea, and I’ve really been enjoying reading it so far. 🙂

          And thanks, I can already tell a difference in my reading. Tracking it makes me notice what I read a lot and what genres I might be missing. It’s been really great so far!

    1. Thanks! I saw them last weekend and couldn’t resist taking them home with me. They were just too pretty. I’m hoping to fill them up by the end of the year. And I’ll definitely keep you posted about any great fantasy series I find. I have a couple that I’m hoping to read soon, and I’m really excited! 🙂 Thank you so much!

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