I love New Year.
People tend to be bitter or cynical about New Years, but there is so much to love about it: New York’s Ball Drop, San Francisco’s Embarcadero fireworks, the Rose Parade, parties and dinners, midnight kisses, the look of New Year Resolution-ists when they arrive at the gym and realize the mistake they’ve made. I even love seeing people run by my house dressed in their new athletic clothes. Admittedly I only see them about twice a year, but I appreciate every bit of their brief presence.
Yes, I am that type of person who makes and commits to New Year Resolutions. After the year we’ve had, I’m willing to take whatever happiness and hope that New Year brings; and part of that is being open and positive to setting goals and doing your best to see them through.
So I thought I’d share with you some of my New Year Resolutions and maybe give you some ideas to face the New Year!
- Commit to a project. For me, this means seeing this blog through the year and making sure I don’t quit. But maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a blog as well? Or that YouTube Channel? Or that novel you wanted to write? Tack it on to your list of resolutions and see where it takes you.
- Get healthy. I’m not at the healthiest I could be and I’m looking forward to posting healthy recipes as I go along. You probably know what areas you want to address for your own body, but don’t forget about mental health and emotional health! Taking care of yourself isn’t just about exercise.
- Read a book every week. Ever since I went to college I found myself reading much less than I used to. I plan on getting back on track and sharing the books I read with you! For your goals, it might not be a week, maybe it’s a month. But reading is an activity that is proven to be calming and actually improve sleep!
- Listen to a new album every month. I love listening to music, but I’ve fallen back to listening to the Top 4os as my only source. There is so much great music out there that I need to get to! Maybe there is a band/genre/time-era that you want to know more. Maybe you’re secretly itching to learn more about classical music or R&B or jazz.
- Figure out my college situation. This one is more specific to me because I’m on a leave of absence and not quite happy with my university. I’m trying to figure out what to do next, but I’d love to end this year in good place with my academic career.
- Embrace conversation and small talk. I am an introvert, but I’ve learned to “turn it on” when I need to socialize at events or parties. Afterward, I’m always exhausted and need some time to recharge. But I think I should try to enjoy the conversation and maybe I won’t feel so tired after? We’ll see how this goes.
- Learn to ice skate. I can sort-of ice skate. As in holding-someone’s-hand or holding-the-edges-of-the-rails sort of ice skating. Alright, I can’t ice skate, but I want to! Do you have a skill that you want to learn this year? Whether it’s ice skating, learning a new language or a computer program, give it a shot!
- Start dancing again. I did ballet for several years, but since the end of high school I haven’t been able to commit the time and effort. You might have a sport or hobby that you stopped doing a while back and want to recommit to—give it another try and see how it goes for you!
- Finish my novel. At the end of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I came out with a 50,000-word manuscript. It was not a novel, but a mishmash of scenes, characters and hardly anything I would call a narrative. My goal is to clean up that manuscript and have a finished novel by the end. If you’re interested in writing a novel, there is Camp NaNoWriMo in July and NaNoWriMo in November!
- Simplify your life! I can’t help but think about how much easier my life would be if I simplified everything from cleaning, homework, note-taking, relationships and organization. If I can sort out one aspect of my life for every month, that is a huge accomplishment by the end of the year!
People wait around all year for that “sign” to make a change in their lives—whether that is starting a healthy lifestyle, cleaning their house, changing their style, starting a business or project.
This. Is. It.
New Year is that perfect moment. This is your chance to do something you’ve never done before or something you’ve always wanted to do. So go out there, have an incredible New Years and get at it!