2017 was not my year. Between changes in my personal, professional, and educational lives, this past year has been a whirlwind of stress – although i’m super grateful for where i’ve ended up starting 2018. i finally feel like i’m becoming a ‘real adult’ (whatever that means) rather than stuck in a weird phase between college and the real world. i’m also in a much better headspace and i’m craving some positive change in my life to switch things up.
since it is january, i figured i’d just make some late new year’s resolutions, and as i’m someone who needs to be held accountable, i figured i’d get them up on the blog! keep on reading below for the changes i’m working on making in my life to hopefully become a part of my routine.
focus on my passions
in 2017, i got caught up in my social life (or, let’s be honest, netflix) in my free time rather than spending time doing the things that i love. this year, i want to budget my time better so i have more time to do what makes me happiest — decorating my apartment and doing little home projects, photography, painting, and especially making the time to work on more blog posts!
make fitness a priority
unfortunately, i’m not the type of person who loves to work out. gyms intimidate me, i get bored easily so i need a workout plan with a lot of variety, and most importantly i need to make it a part of my routine to make sure it gets done. even though i live in the smallest studio apartment imaginable, i am trying my best to roll out my yoga mat when i get home from work each day and do an online workout video, and i’m looking into affordable classes and events to attend on the weekends. i also live next to a beautiful park that i can work out in, so once the weather warms up and the time changes i want to utilize that space for working out at least a few times a week. besides the fact that it’s important to treat your body well, i sleep better, have better focus at work, and get sick less often when i’m able to work out regularly.
cook at home more
i’m definitely the type of person who is not great at cooking and planning out meals for the week. i tend to go to the grocery store, throw a bunch of stuff in the cart, and hope for the best when it comes time to cook. i don’t even want to think about how much i spend on food from eating out and ordering takeout constantly.
i got an instant pot for christmas and it has become a game changer for making healthy, quick meals during the week; and using it to cook in bulk means i have lunches ready to grab for work the next day, or i have something to pop in the microwave on a night where i’m feeling really unmotivated to cook.
brighten someone else’s day, every day
every day possible, i want to do something to make someone else’s day a little brighter. this can be anything from giving a few dollars to a homeless person downtown to calling a friend to check in on them when they’re going through a rough time to volunteering your time at a soup kitchen or animal shelter (or any other charity around you!). this can take any amount of time from a few seconds to a few hours, which makes it really flexible and easy to complete each and every day.
if it takes less than 5 minutes, just do it!
i’m definitely the type of person who can get lazy about small tasks and put them off because “it’ll be soooo easier to get it done later” and all the small tasks inevitably pile up and take a few hours over the weekend (anyone else feel me on this?). this year, i really want to focus on getting the small stuff done as it comes at me, and hopefully i’ll be less stressed overall. this is anything from washing my coffee cup before i head out to work in the morning, to folding my t shirts as soon as they get out of the shower, to taking out the garbage as soon as the can is full. i pretty much always have less than 5 minutes to spare to take care of little tasks like these, and i think that taking care of them as soon as they pop up will leave me more time on the weekends to do what i love (circling back to my first resolution!).
that’s all for my new years resolutions in 2018! what are your resolutions? let me know in the comments!