NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS WORTH KEEPING

I've never been the biggest fan of New Year's resolutions, so one I am keeping for 2019 is to actually set a few for myself and stick with them over the course of the following year.

- HAPPY NEW YEAR! -

Aside from the obvious things to be optimistic about with the coming of a new year, like new opportunities to fulfill and awaiting adventures to partake in, I am most excited about setting goals for myself and doing everything in my power to execute them. I suppose I have always found new year's resolutions to be cliche, empty promises people initiate with themselves to satisfy some lingering absence in their lives, but this year I am trying to change that. From here on out I refuse to view resolutions with anything but optimism and enthusiasm.

Being that I am new to the game of yearly resolutions, at first I wasn't sure where to begin with them; what kind of promise could I possibly make to myself that I can actually uphold over the course of 365 days?! So much changes in life on a day to day basis- my peanut butter on honey wheat, ride or die breakfast preference may not even sustain my loyalty across that long of a time frame! Can you sympathize with my struggle, here?


I've never been one to bite off more than I can chew, so I began by thinking small and eventually the rest came to me naturally.


Without further ado, here are my 2019 New Year's Resolutions:


NO MORE PROCRASTINATION. Full disclosure, as a college student...I am 100% guilty of procrastinating when it comes to my work. Over and over, I find myself doing this and am left each time with a feeling of absolute laziness. I recently saw a quote that said "One day, or day one. The choice is yours." It really resonated with me. I'm making the choice to be a day one person this year. From here on out, I am swearing off procrastinating.


READ MORE BOOKS. If I didn't love reading, I wouldn't publish my own reading material here on this site. In the winter of 2017, my philosophy professor gave me two books he recommended I read, and I am ashamed to say I have yet to finish either of them! I got half way through one, but never even began the other. I always tell myself "I don't have time to sit and read," but I know that's not true, I simply just don't make the time for it because it isn't a priority of mine- and it really should be because it is something I genuinely enjoy doing. From here on out, I am going to read more books in 2019.


BE MORE CONSISTENT WITH POSTING TO SOCIAL MEDIA. Though I am a firm believer in living my life off of social media, in the industry I am in (blogging) it is crucial to post to social media and my site as much as possible to not only cultivate an audience, but share relevant and personal content. I love meeting and connecting with new people, which is why I do this. I've found myself wondering "So, if I love blogging so much, why do I not do it as often as I know I want to?" From here on out, I'm composing a strict media plan to abide by.


STAY BODY POSITIVE. Let's be blunt about this: body image is a thing, especially in today's cultural climate where we are constantly exposed to media that conditions us to idolize seemingly perfect male and female bodies. I've never been an insecure person or even dealt with self esteem issues, I have always accepted myself the way I am, but I am only a human being. So I must confess as someone who enjoys staying active and strength training that there were many times in 2018 where I looked at my body and thought "wow, I'm this," or "wow, I'm that." I would tell myself that I need to build more muscle here and lose muscle there, fix this or that, ect. I didn't 100% accept my body. Truthfully, even the most secure people like myself can fall victim to that type of toxicity. From here on out, I vow to reduce the amount of criticism I give to my body, and continue to learn how to love and appreciate myself in every sense of the term.


EAT OUT LESS. As a commuting college student, it isn't uncommon for me to spend 10 to even 12 hours on campus. Even when I go out with friends or my significant other, food usually follows. At least I can say (proudly) I do not eat fast food, just a lot of restaurant food, but I try to make good choices (fish, salad, cup of soup, ect). From here on out, I am making myself more homemade meals to improve my eating habits and save myself some cash.


These are my New Year's Resolutions! I hope you join me in making resolutions for yourself in 2019.