(Photo by my talented friend Eric Rogers).
2017 is finally here, and the fact that this dumpster fire we called 2016 is over is plenty of reason to celebrate. Kylie Jenner famously said that 2016 was the year to “like, realize stuff,” and while that certainly wasn’t the most eloquent way of putting it, I definitely realized a lot more about myself and the world around me. I haven’t made New Years resolutions in the past, but I have been inspired this year to do so in order to make the changes I want to and to hold myself accountable for making these changes. So here’s my list of new year’s resolutions:
- Give back more. As soon as I was out of college and no longer active in Greek life, I began to really miss those mandatory philanthropy hours spent volunteering. I would like to spend a least a couple hours each month giving back to a community in need, and if I’m able to, donate some money every few months to charities close to my heart. It is also a goal of mine to spend a week volunteering at a SeriousFun Camp this summer, a nonprofit that is very close to my heart.
- Keep a gratitude list. Even when I’m not having the best day, there is always something I can be grateful for. I plan to keep a list each month where every day I write down one thing that I have been grateful for, no matter how small or mundane, and hopefully I’ll be able to look back on it at the end of 2017 to remind me that no matter how tough things get, there are little things to smile about every day.
- Develop a routine. Since I’ve been out of high school and every day was pretty much the same, I have not really been one for routines (granted, being a college student and working retail don’t really lend themselves to routines, especially when you’re on that clopen grind every other day…), but as the new year and a new job start for me I would really like to start developing a morning routine consisting of working out and eating breakfast at minimum, but having some time to meditate, journal or read would be ideal as well (#adulting). I’m definitely not a morning person by any means but I definitely need to get into the habit of waking up more than 30 minutes before I leave for work, throwing on some clothes and slapping on some mascara before leaving the house.
- Eat better. One of the things that excites me the most about starting a new job is that I won’t be spending 11+ hours a day away from home and that I will actually have time to cook more instead of settling for fast food or postmates because I’m so tired all the time. I definitely feel better when I am eating healthier, and honestly I see that as the main reason to start.
- Keep hustling. I have so many things I want to achieve long term, and while I know I won’t be able to accomplish everything in 2017, it’s important to keep working towards these goals and making the progress that I can. 🙂