It’s that time again: the start of a new year.
Whether you subscribe to this tradition or not, everyone seems to have an opinion about resolutions. I, for one, am all for them! I think January is a great opportunity to refresh, reset, and reevaluate. Throughout the year, I tend to get a bit off-track with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This month tends to be pretty quiet for me, so it’s a great time to reflect. If it’s not a great time for you? You can set resolutions and goals at any time of the year!
When it comes to setting goals (or, really, anything in life), I believe that you need to do it whatever way works best for you. For me, I tend to do better if I write things down and share with others. I’ll talk about it with friends and family, colleagues at work, the hubby, etc. Others prefer to keep their resolutions to themselves. There’s no wrong way to better yourself.
And in staying body positive, let’s remember that although society often equates “New Year, New Me” with weight loss, crash diets, and waist measurements, resolutions absolutely do not have to be about that.
Here are a few things I hope to accomplish this year:
- Be more active/move more. This isn’t about weight loss. In 2015, I had a Fitbit Zip. It encouraged me to get creative about fitting steps into my day: taking the stairs, going to zumba, walking outside. Sadly, my Zip broke a few times so I decided to save up and try a different Fitbit model. I opted for the Alta, which I still love, but the bracelet isn’t quite as convenient as clipping my Zip on. Therefore, I didn’t use it much in 2016. Hoping to change that in 2017! When I live a more active lifestyle, I have more energy, am able to focus better, and the serotonin boost helps me to maintain a balanced mood. I’ve been walking outside and next week, I start a yoga class, so I’m excited to get back into the swing of things.
- Be positive. This one originated at the office. Throughout November and December, I got really bogged down at work. Things were so busy, and there wasn’t any sort of down time, and I found myself in a bit of a slump. However, I love my job and the people I work with, so I wanted to make a concentrated effort to better my attitude. Plus, I know it sounds super cheesy, but when I’m positive on the outside, I feel more positive on the inside, too.
- Less profanity. Y’all, I’m not kidding when I tell you that up until I was well into my teens, curse words were not in my vocabulary. At all. About a month ago, I realized that my daily conversations were getting a little more “spicy” with these types of words. It doesn’t bother me to hear others use them, but I’d like to find other ways to express myself when necessary. That way, when I do use them, they really have an impact! (kidding, kidding) 😛
- More time with the people I love. In the second half of 2016, I got way caught up with work (working three jobs will do that to you) and let a lot of things slide. Slowly but surely, my hubby and I went on fewer dates, I went months without video chatting my long-time bestie, phone calls to my mom and dad were scarce. I’m a happier, more fulfilled person when I interact frequently with the people I love, so I need to do better to make the time.
- Be a better blogger. You didn’t think I was going to leave this out, did you? Ha! When I jumped back into blogging last summer, I had renewed energy. For a few months, I was great about shooting, putting up posts, keeping up with the ‘gram, making connections, etc. Then I started going weeks (sometimes months) without posting. This year, I aim to be more consistent, engage more with my readers, get more involved in the blogging community, and deliver stronger content.
Whew, that’s a tall order of resolutions! But hey, why not aim high, right? Thank you all for giving me a space to share my goals for 2017, and I wish you all a beautiful and bright new year! Outfit details below.