I read an article the other day that said on average, by January 16, people give up on their resolutions. The gyms are quiet, Home Depot has an excess of organizing totes, and Lay’s stock has gone through the roof. I think that people put too much stock in their resolutions…they bite off way more than they can chew. 7 resolutions? Try 3. Concentrate more on a few things that you want to change rather than a ton. That’s what I’m doing this year: keeping it simple.
1. Say yes more. I say no too much. No, I don’t have the money to go to Vegas for the weekend. No, I don’t have to time to grab lunch with you. No, I don’t have the _______ to _______. I want to say yes. I want to do fun, spontaneous things more. I want to meet my friends in NYC for the weekend. That’s the plan for this year.
2. Be in more pictures. I went through all of my pictures from 2013, and I was only in a handful of them. I have documentation of an entire year, but nearly nothing proving that I was there except that I was behind the lens. I’d like to put the camera down or give it someone else to show that I am, in fact, loving this crazy life, and I’m actually part of it.
3. Take better care of myself. This is a hard one. We eat super healthy, but I definitely fell off the Paleo bandwagon starting after Thanksgiving, and I can feel it. I’m going to aim to get more sleep, drink more water, eat more raw food, and work out more. Want to know a dirty little secret? The last time I worked out was in May. My treadmill is gathering dust in the corner of our office, and I need to clear it off and start using it again. It’s not just exercise though. I need to be more positive towards myself, less critical, and less stressed.
4. Be more present. We’re all addicted to social media these days, and it’s an issue when you try to connect with actual humans. I always put my phone away for dinner, and try to limit my phone contact during the day, especially when I’m with people. It’s a hard thing to back away from, but I’ve started to implement “social media free” weekends into my life, and I feel so much better and less burdened when I can step away from the chaos that is my Instagram and Facebook feed.
What are some of your resolutions for this year?? Spill!
P.S. I almost put “read more” on the list…but I read 136 books this year (down 31 from last year), and figured that it was kind of a stretch.
P.P.S. I have a gorgeous new baby girl cousin, born this morning!! Happy birthday baby girl!!