Well, my post planned for New Years Day didn’t go as planned for a few reasons.
- I caught a bout of the good ol’ stomach flu that left me couch-bound for 48 hours. Yes, I went to bed at 10 pm on NYE.
- After reading several different opinions on the significance of New Years and New Years Resolutions, I wanted to shape my original post a little differently.
I’ve always been one to create a New Years Resolution, write it down and then forget about it for about 360 days – I’m sure others can relate. I think that I can attribute this to the lack of actual thought going into the creation of the resolution itself. This year I’m doing things a little differently.
First off – I just want to say I’m not a huge fan of the term “New Years Resolution”. I get that the beginning of a New Year brings a sense of a fresh start (which I love), but that doesn’t mean that this is necessarily the best time to make changes or think of new things that we want to accomplish? You can do that any time of the year – seriously! Any time you want, you can start working on something new.
I also have a problem with the word resolution. One definition of the word is “the action of problem solving” with synonyms like “solution to”, “answer to” and “ending to”. Well, I think that’s a little harsh. You and your life are problems that need solutions. I like to stick with goals, not resolutions.
And what is with the “New Year, New Me” thing? Who came up with this? Why do we need to become a whole new person? Why can’t we be the same person with new goals that we want to reach? In fact, this year my goals revolve around being me.
Last night, I was tossing and turning, unable to sleep as my mind was consumed with what I wanted my goals for this year to be. So I flicked on the light, grabbed by notebook and jotted down a few things I want to work on. I wrote just a few words, but this is what I came up with:
- I wrote down the words authenticity and originality because I’m tired of making decisions about basically everything without considering what other people are doing first. This applies to all things, blogging, Instagramming, dressing, applying/not applying makeup, reading, eating, the list goes on. I want to make my own mark, and put my own original spin on things – not follow in the footsteps of others.
- I wrote down prioritizing because in 2016, there are a lot of important things I have to do. These need to be prioritized. I’m pretty good at doing this already, I just want to make sure I don’t lose my focus.
- Time for myself. After a holiday break that I’d hoped to be relaxing and laid back – I’m left feeling rather disappointed. It was non-stop. Looking back at these past few weeks now, I wish I had of just cut out some time to spend with me, alone. That may sounds silly, and some people don’t realize how important this is. I know that I need it, so whether its yoga, reading, writing, etc. I’m going to make sure I make time for myself each week.
Those are my ideas. After some further thought I’ll write some more specific goals down with regards to these three things.
What are yours? Remember – you don’t need a New Year to set goals. If you need some time to think, wait a little while. See what the next few months bring. You can set goals at anytime!