Happy New Year everyone!
Last year might not have happened the way you wanted it to, but that’s okay. Unexpected things happen and surprises wait behind every corner. That doesn’t mean that you should stop pursuing what it is you’re meant to do.
Last year was an eye opener just like every other year, and there are some things I want to reevaluate in my life and New Year’s Resolutions give me the opportunity to fix what I put off in 2017. Cheers to 2018 and the changes that I hope to make.
#1: Get in shape
Getting in shape and being healthier is always at the top of my list. I’m a conscious eater and I like to be aware of what I’m putting in my body. I think being fit and healthy is very important to living a long life and I want to be here for a very long time. Dieting just isn’t my thing and I don’t mind working out as long as it’s fun. Finding ways to incorporate healthier food items into my everyday life is the key for me to get in shape as well as not procrastinating when it comes to going to the gym. Hello 2018, Pescetarianism here I come.
#2: Meet new people
I’m truly an introvert. I stay at home and choose to miss out on social events. I take pleasure in being alone most of the time, but I need to learn that meeting new people and being more social is important to networking and getting opportunities. It will be hard, but I don’t have to be afraid of talking to people that I don’t know and making new friends. I’m not shy. It’s just about overcoming my solo nature.
#3: Earn more money
I’m a college student. I’m always in need of money, and with my spending habits, I definitely need more sources of income coming in. Also, I’m getting older. I want to be independent of my parents, but honestly, it’s not possible with the small part time jobs that I have. I need to invest myself into working more side jobs. There is nothing wrong with having a side hustle even millionaires have more than one source of income.
#4: Become more confident and take chances
My mother always told me, “You got a mouth. Use it.” It’s about speaking up. Sometimes it’s hard to say my opinion because I’m afraid of what others will think, but it’s not about caring about what they think. It’s about my voice and what I believe. I know that being more confident in my abilities and myself will get me a long way and I don’t have to be afraid of taking chances. If I mess up, it’s okay. It’s life. You live and you learn.
#5: Learn to be happier with my life
Sometimes life gets you down, but that shouldn’t stop you from being unhappy. In 2017 I wasn’t appreciative of my own life. I was spending way too much time sulking over what I didn’t have instead of what I did have. And I had a lot. I got caught up in comparing my life to other people’s life and it made me sad. That has to stop because it’s unhealthy. I need to be happy with my life because if I really want to compare my life to others, I will see that I have been blessed more than I realize.
#6: Read more
I love to read. I love words and stories. There is knowledge in reading and I am a firm believer that reading makes you smarter. That’s why I became an English major. I used to read a lot as a kid, but as I grow up, I simply don’t have as much free time as I would like. This past year I got back on track and was able to read one book a month. But I like to reach for the stars, so why not up the number? What about two books a month?
#7: Cook more
Cooking is just one of those skills that everyone should know how to do. I’m not talking about Iron Chef type of cooking, but a basic knowledge of how to scramble eggs is life or death. For me, I actually like to cook. Cooking is one of the few things that relaxes me. It puts me in a zone. Cooking also saves me money (and it’s a great way to impress people). Just one simple rule when it comes to the kitchen. Keep it clean.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Feel free to comment and have a Happy New Year!
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