Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year. The time when you will see all of the New Year, New Me posts going up on social media. But on a less sarcastic note, the New Year is one of my favorite times. One of those reasons being the weather. It’s snowing in Florida today. IN FLORIDA! That’s exciting! But the main reason being that it’s a fresh start. Sure, you can have a fresh start at any point in time, and you can start a new chapter by starting a new job or creating a resolution in the middle of the year. But at the beginning of the year, it’s official. You’re starting twelve new months that are full of hope and possibility. You never know what the future is going to hold, but it certainly never hurts to make some goals to help you achieve the future that you want.

I love resolutions. It’s part of the OCD planner in me, but I love making my resolutions list and goals, and figuring out what I can check off. It makes me happy that I now have new goals for the new year, and that I get to share in that with others who are also starting new goals. Each new year brings new opportunities, if we just look hard enough. Of course, some resolutions will be year long ones, but I also like to do some short-term ones, that way I have a specific end date in mind and can hold myself more accountable for following through on them. So, in an effort to keep myself accountable and ensure that I don’t fail on any of my resolutions, I am putting my list in here, so y’all can help keep me honest.

  1. Hit the gym on a regular basis. This is one that I will go so long doing great with, and then I have one bad week that completely throws me off. So I’m getting a gym membership that has Zumba classes, yoga classes, as well as all the weights and whatnot. I’m not a fan of wasting money, so with this membership, here’s hoping it will help me focus more on my health.
  2. Take more chances. Obviously, this one is a little harder for others to judge, but it’s something I definitely want to work on. I am a big over-thinker. I over-think things to the point of making myself worried over nothing, or determining how a conversation will turn out without me ever even having it. So, because of that, I’d like to take more risks. Have that conversation, speak my mind, make last minute plans, try something new. Maybe, it’ll help me with my next resolution.
  3. Live more in the moment. Again, this one is a little more difficult for anyone else to judge, but I’ve found myself always looking forward to the next thing. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for every moment I get, the problem is, I enjoy it briefly, then look past it and what’s coming next. I’d like to improve upon that, and maybe not always be looking ahead, but instead just enjoy what I’ve got right now. Happiness is fleeting, so it’s important to really relish and enjoy those brief moments of what you have.
  4. Save more money. While I’m only 25, I need to start seriously thinking about and planning my finances. That means, less Starbucks, more 401K. But in all seriousness, I do want to find a way to put more money away into my IRA, as well as build up my savings and rainy-day funds. Luckily, I know there are ways to do that, without having to sacrifice my peppermint mochas (at least while they’re still offered). I’ve been looking into different options to help decrease interest on certain things (I’m looking at you student loans), and I’ve also learned that if you set up auto payment for certain bills, they will lower the rate or give you bonuses. Not too shabby. And you know how I mentioned some of those short-term goals, ones with hard due dates? Well, this is a great one to incorporate that into. Make a plan to pay off a bill by a certain date or put a set amount of money into savings in two months. No matter your personal goal, put it down and give it a hard stop. That way, you’ll be more likely to get it done.
  5. Find a better work/play balance. Sure, we all have to work, gotta pay those bills. But at the end of a work day, I want to be able to go have some fun, whether that is taking a long walk on the beach or working on my novel. No matter which it is, I need to make more time to pursue it and ensure that I am able to have a good balance of work and play. So no matter how tired a long day at work makes me, I’ll be working on learning something new or testing out my new camera lenses. Either way, while work is important, so is enjoying life.
  6. Be grateful. I guess this one is similar to the living in the moment part, but I want to improve upon my gratitude. There are so many different things that go on in life that we can be grateful for, but so many times we focus on what we don’t have or things we are missing out on. I want to change my thinking and whenever I start to think of something I’m missing or feel that I want but don’t have, to instead list all the things I do have. It can give a real appreciation for what you do have in life, once you start counting those blessings. I’m also giving myself a smaller task of writing down one thing a week that I am grateful for. I plan on putting that into a jar, and then at the end of the year, on NYE, hopefully I will have lots to read.
  7. Grow closer with God. I have been slacking on attending church services and that’s gotta change. God is a huge part of my life, and it’s important that I make time for Him. And honestly, an hour of your day is not a huge chunk of time.

I’ve got a few more things on my list, but this is a good start to it. Now, I know plenty of resolutions fail, but I certainly hope that I will be able to make mine successful, and a part of that is holding myself accountable. And ensuring that I push myself. Some of the items on this list may push me out of my comfort zone, but that’s where growth lies. Staying in your comfort zone is great, except you don’t get new experiences that way.

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