With 2019 right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolution! If this doesn’t excite you or interest you, don’t click off this post quite yet. Instead, I ask that you take a minute to really evaluate what you would like to change about yourself this upcoming year.
For me, I love to write my resolutions down on a piece of paper, and hang them somewhere where I know that I’ll see them every day. For example, you could tape yours on your bathroom mirror, or hang them above your desk (I usually hang them on my Inspiration Wall).
I think that writing down your own New Year’s Resolution is a great way to physically put your goals and your plans into the universe, even if you’re the only one who sees them. It’s human nature to strive towards something, and I think there’s no better way to achieve your goals by starting fresh with new ones every year.
So, you’ve decided you want to make your own New Year’s Resolution, yay! But, now what? How do your decide what those things are going to be? The biggest tip I have for you is you have to choose a resolution that is unique to YOU, or else you will never strive to achieve it. Everyone has something different that they want to improve in themselves, or in their lives. When you are choosing what you want your Resolutions to be, make sure that they have a special meaning to you, and that they are truly something you want to change in your life.
This year, I picked 6 aspirations that I would personally like to work on in my life. Feel free to use my goals as inspiration for you, but I highly suggest that you personalize your own Resolutions to fit what you need.
1. SLOW DOWN. Enjoy every moment for all that it is.
This is something huge I want to change in my life when 2019 begins. I get so caught up in this fast-paced society that I often forget to do the most important things for myself. I forget to breathe. I forget to slow down and cherish my life for all that it is. When I forget to do these things, I often spiral into negativity, such as “I need ___ to be happy,” or “my life is lacking ___.” Friends, there are so many things in our lives that we simply can’t control. Don’t spend your life running so fast that you miss all the important parts. Pause in the moment you are in. Stop the car to stare at that sunset! Be still, and allow yourself to take a much needed break from the chaos of our world.
2. Love yourself. Take care of your mind & your body.
Loving myself means so much more than just affirming who I am. Loving myself means taking care of both my mind and my body. Being healthy is a huge goal that I am trying to accomplish. This year, I want to work on taking the time to give myself a break mentally (meditation/yoga) and also work on becoming the strongest version of myself physically (fitness/healthy eating).
3. STAY PRESENT.
I have a lot that I could say about this goal. I can’t tell you how many times I get bored and grab my phone as a habit. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve sat and scrolled through Instagram where I could’ve been journaling or reading or writing or spending time with my friends or family.
Our society as a whole has learned how to tune out the world. We have stopped living life PRESENT. I’m making this a Resolution because I want to start living in the moment. I want to be present in every aspect of my life, and stop relying on my phone to fill awkward silences or using it as a safety net.
I have a project that I’m starting on New Years which is all about staying present and realizing the daily blessings I have in my life. I’m keeping it a secret for now, but I’m SUPER excited to share it with you guys! (I’ll eventually write a blog post about what I’m doing and how you can do it too.)
4. Love deeper. Live deeper.
This goal is simple, and I already try to do this daily. LOVE DEEPER: love myself, love others, love God deeper. By loving others deeper, I can learn how to live deeper; how to live the way that God has called me to live.
5. Be grateful & kind in every circumstance.
Every day, there is something to be thankful for. And if you can’t think of anything to be thankful for today, just remember that it is a sheer miracle that you have breath in your lungs and a heart that beats. I want to learn how to be more grateful for all that I have.
There are definitely circumstances that God puts me in where I don’t feel like being kind. There are times I don’t want to forgive, and there are times where I want someone else to understand my pain. This Resolution is important for me because I want to learn how to remain kind at ALL times, no matter the person and no matter the situation.
6. WILT. CHANGE. REGROW. BLOOM.
My final Resolution is my most important one. I can tell you right now that you’re going to write your Resolutions down, hang them up, stare at them every day, and STILL fall short sometimes. We aren’t designed to do everything perfect all the time!
We will make mistakes, and we will wilt. We will have ups and downs over the next year, I can guarantee it. But from those lows, you change. When you change, you learn how to regrow. And when you regrow, that is when you bloom.
I wrote this down to remind myself that it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to be sad sometimes, and it’s okay not to be okay! And most importantly, it’s okay to take the time to heal. It’s okay to take the time to regrow in order to BLOOM.
I want to hear your New Year’s Resolutions!
If you read this blog post and you decide that you want to write your own Resolutions this year, that is AWESOME! I would absolutely love to hear what you come up with. Feel free to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org !
If you read this blog post and you want to make your own Resolutions, but you don’t know where to start, that’s okay too! Shoot me an email and I can help you brainstorm your own New Year’s Resolutions.