Now that we’re on the second day of the new year, the confetti is cleaned up and bottles of champagne are recycled, it’s time to think about those infamous New Year Resolutions.
Historically speaking, New Year Resolutions aren’t something I’ve stuck to. I get about four days in and start craving whatever food I said I would give up, or decide that my body is too sore to carry on with my new workout routine. I never really gave New Year Resolutions the merit they deserve because I never wanted to commit myself to something for a whole year. But, I now think that’s a wasted opportunity to change something about myself or the way I live my life. Doesn’t have to be a huge change, but even something small can shift my perspective entirely.
So, here are a few of my (hopefully more realistic) resolutions!
Do something that scares me every day
I love being scared. I don’t mean scared while walking through a haunted house but, instead, pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Many of us tend to expect the worst out of every situation because we expect the worst out of every situation or person. But, that is a sheltered way to conduct my life. New experiences are thrilling and can push us to be a better version of ourselves.
Visit at least one new country
2018, as exciting as it was, did not result in me getting to scratch my travel bug desire. I was busy with work and family events, (which were great! Please, don’t me wrong) but those are just excuses that I shouldn’t let dictate the state of my passport in the next twelve months. So, I’ve already begun looking into electrifying destinations and researching weather patterns. I’m thinking either ticking another European country off my bucket list or exploring the rich culture of the Middle East.
Read five books outside of my usual genre
I’m a book fiend so, reading five books isn’t difficult- I normally read a book a week. But, I tend to stick to the same two or three genres. It’s gotten to the point where I can predict just about any plot twist chapters before it actually happens. And, what’s the fun in that? Also, because I read the same thing over and over again, I never learn something new. So, here’s to the ‘How to Invest’ and ‘Power Thought’ type books just sitting, collecting dust, on my bookshelf. This year, I will crack your spine!
Take back my lunch break
As a piggyback off of the last one, this is a rather small resolution, but it’s important. I find it difficult to sit down and take my break because I always feel that there’s something to do. I could reorganize the shelves or put away new stock or… or… And that’s the problem. I never allow myself to sit down, relax and enjoy my food. Companies give us time for a reason; own it!
Move into my own place
… with roommates. I saved this one for last because it’s the biggest one, and will take the most work to get me there. But it’s a change that I’m oh, so ready for. Living with my parents has its perks, of course, but I’m young and should be living with people my age because that’s where the adventure is. Also, staying up until the wee hours in the morning eating cookies and talking about boys sounds like a great way to spend a tuesday night.
What are some of your New Year Resolutions? Do you stick to them? I’d love to hear what you think! Have a happy, healthy and safe 2019!