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.
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:
- Four Simple Goals from ABM
- Chuck Wendig’s 2015 Resolution for Writers
- How to Read More from Austin Kleon
- Get Gutsy: Every Day Living via Inkwells & Images
- The Atlantic’s How to Write: A Year in Advice from David Mitchell, Yiyun Li, and More (via Joy the Baker’s Let It Be Monday). Now I want to go read more of the interviews!
- Lindsey Saletta’s 4 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves, and the follow-up 4 Year-End Questions to Ask Yourself
- I liked the list of “intentions” from The Effortless Chic – the first intention inspired my resolution to learn new things!
- I mentioned it above, but I love this refreshing take on resolutions from Reading my Tea Leaves enough to mention it again
- After reading about Sarah Grey’s Friday Night Meatballs tradition, I’m seriously considering starting up a weekly “family dinner.” (Found via Joanna Goddard– I always seem to find the coolest things through her!)