2016 New Year’s Resolutions

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1. Journal

This is a big one for me this year. While currently this is less about remembering my life, I’m sure I will thank myself a few years down the road for documenting the tediousness of my life. This resolution is actually more focused at self-reflection. Especially as of late I’ve been feeling sort of funky and I think that journaling could help remedy that. Self-reflection and similar kinds of meditation have been proven time and again to be super helpful. Whether I write one sentence a day or ten pages, it’s more about documenting how I feel and getting my thoughts out there. As humans I think we have a tendency to invalidate or ignore completely valid thoughts and feelings because we never express them. While simply writing them down in a journal doesn’t fully materialize them, it gets them out there and can help to mentally unwind the undeniable knot that exists in your head.

2. Continue a healthy lifestyle

For the past couple of years I’ve really succeeded in sticking to my New Year’s resolutions. In 2014, I vowed to stop drinking soda and it’s been two years since I’ve had soda. That probably sounds crazy to those of you who wake up and instantly chug down a Diet Coke, but giving up soda was pretty easy and once it’s gone, you don’t miss it. Last year I made a promise to myself that I would focus on creating a healthy lifestyle. In January I began going to the gym three days a week, and the only way I was motivated to go was through a rewards system I set in place for myself. Honestly, shoes are the best motivation. Now, twelve months later, I work out five days a week and I even miss working out on my rest days. Going for a run or doing yoga is an essential part of my life and my time to relax. This year I hope to continue working out but stepping it up a bit. I want to focus on eating more whole and healthy foods and trying different workouts. They are opening a SoulCycle near me after all.

3. Budget and cut down on mindless spending

This is probably the most necessary of all my resolutions thus far. I’m relatively good with money, but I need to be better. I usually am able to live within my means and don’t run myself into a hole. However, my life will definitely go on without a five dollar latte from Starbucks every other day and I will be able to fall asleep at night even if I don’t buy the pants from Zara that I just have to have. The worst part about spending money on things that are unnecessary is that it becomes a mechanism to make you feel better and it becomes a bad and addicting habit. I’ll admit that I probably use material items to fill some sort of void in my life or to make myself feel better. Retail therapy isn’t a hoax, kids. Being mindful about all of the things that I spend my money on will allow me to save money for things I truly want. Spending money on experiences and not things (and mostly food) is the top priority.

4. Make 2016 a selfish year

This is important. Listen up. 2015 was mediocre. As a great tumblr post noted: 2015 was all about character development while 2016 is action and story progression. As 2015 is coming to an end I realize more and more that I need to make sure I’m doing things that make me happy. Everyone needs to do things that make them happy. In this we must be honest and true to ourselves. Don’t hide behind things that seem like things we “need” to do or feel obligated to do. Do more things that make you feel like the person you want to be. Be unapologetically honest and do what you need to. Take more risks and step out of your comfort zone – don’t let 2016 be mediocre.

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