Happy almost New Year! Before writing this post I went back to look at my resolutions for years past on this blog. Some years I shared them, some I didn’t. Some years I shared how the year went, some I didn’t. I find I really enjoy reading both my resolutions and how my year went, so I plan on doing both this year. It’s crazy to see how much can change in just a year! I think it’s important to reflect, remember the good and bad, and apply it to the future.
I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions. On the one hand, when I make them and keep them, I feel super excited and accomplished. On the other hand, I find I have a lot of the same resolutions year after year and I hate feeling disappointed in myself for not sticking to them. I find that when I have very specific, realistic resolutions, I have a better chance of sticking to them.
For example, one year (2013) I had a specific resolution to find a workout class I enjoy such as Pilates or Barre. I ended up signing up for PureBarre that year and have been taking classes there ever since! Therefore I think the more realistic and specific they are, the better they are. Keep reading to find what I’ve got on my list for 2018!
1. Create a morning routine.
I’ve got a fantastic night time routine, but have struggled to get a good morning routine in place. I’d love to have a consistent morning of waking up at a specific time, eating a healthy breakfast, and getting my workout in early before starting my workday. Due to my chaotic schedule, each day is different which won’t allow for this every day, but if I could have 3-4 mornings a week like this, I’d feel a lot better. To accomplish this I’m going to plan out easy breakfasts ahead of time, try to go to bed earlier, and lay out my workout clothes for the morning each night.
2. Accomplish my set, specific, career goals that I’ve written down.
This is a whole other list as I don’t really consider a goal list to be a part of resolutions, but I do have some specific goals I’d like to reach career-wise in 2018. I never used to write down my goals, but this year I’m going to. I find it super important to write it down and hold yourself accountable. To be honest, 2017 was a more difficult year as an entrepreneur (p.s. I don’t love that word, but “self-employed person” also doesn’t sound too sexy), but it’s ended with some really solid things in place that I have a feeling are going to take off in 2018.
3. Write down (or say out loud) 3 things I am thankful for every day.
I’m a dreamer so I have a tendency to spend A LOT of time thinking about where I want to be in the future, how I’m going to get there, what I’m doing wrong, etc. I really want to take the time in 2018 to be thankful for what I have and where I am. We live in a world of constant comparison, but it’s important to remember that as you’re looking at someone else saying “I’d love that life” someone, somewhere, is looking at your life saying the same thing. I don’t want to ever take it for granted.
4. Save money for, and start the process of moving to LA.
We are in Orange County right now and while I LOVE Orange County and can always see myself living here in the future, something is calling Jesse and me to LA and we are ready to make the move up there. We’ve been talking about it for over a year, so it’s definitely not a spontaneous move. That said, it’s going to be an expensive and stressful process that will take a lot of saving money and patience. Essentially this resolution is more about saving money, but it’s nice to have a specific thing you’re saving money for.
5. Film more YouTube videos, Create more relevant blog content.
I know I’m the only person holding myself back on these, and this year that’s going to change. I want to consistently share helpful video content with you guys as well as here on the blog! Fashion is a huge part of my life, but it’s not the only thing in my life I love. To be honest, I get scared to change things up on the blog, but I need to stop worrying about that and just create content I love.
I’d love to know, what are your resolutions for the new year?! And what helps you stick to them?
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