New Year’s resolutions are a fun thing to come up with, but how many of us actually stick to these goals?
For me, I think of resolutions as fake promises to yourself, because in reality, who is going to go to the gym seven days a week, or eat healthy, or change your entire personality for the sake of a new year? Don’t you think you would have done all this last year too?
Well, since I’ve come up with that mission, I have thought of resolutions that are easily adjustable into everyday life, and are kind of fun to conquer. They aren’t lose 25 pounds, or eat less junk food, because I know, at least for myself, that the chocolate is never leaving my life, especially for 2014.
So here they are, my extra fun New Year’s “resolutions“:
1. Focus on yourself a little more. This is the year to take some “me” time and be happy. Focusing on yourself does not mean shutting the world around you out, but instead making sure you are your own top priority instead of being pushed and pulled by the opinions of other. Take an hour a day to really self reflect and I promise you will realize how much of a great person you are.
2. Make a new friend. This is not that hard, and does not take much effort. Being social and learning things about someone else will make you an all around happier person, because in life, the more the merrier. This person doesn’t have to be your best friend, but go get some coffee and learn something new. You may even have a lot in common with that person.
3. Go on an adventure. This does not have to be anything wild, yet it does not have to be anything simple. Go on a hike, take a road trip, or even a big city, but do something notable and create memories. Adventuring is a time where you can let go of the everyday life you live and just relax. It is stress-free, especially during the times where you are stressed out.
4. Keep a journal. If you are like me, you may already have one, or two. Having a journal is something that has always helped me through good times and bad. It is a place where you can write down how your day went or even one of your deepest secrets. A journal can be public, or stay private forever. It is a chance for you to be able to look back on memories you’ve made throughout the year and see the growth you’ve made as a person.
5. Explore a new religion. I have never been a truly religious person, but lately I have let my mind wonder and have learned many things along the way. Explore the cultures of others, while trying to better yourself. If that is not your thing, not to worry, explore your happiness in ways you never have before.
6. Let love find you. In college, we are all looking to find that special someone. If you have been waiting, for what feels like forever, don’t worry about it. Love is a rare thing, and for the relationship you are trying to find, don’t forget that patience is a virtue. Don’t go out looking for that person to sweep you off your feet; stand grounded and let the cards play correctly, and just be happy.
7. Don’t let working out take over your life. Like I have said, everyone puts down “Work out more” for a New Year’s resolution. That is fine but don’t let that control your life. Working out is a good thing to do, no matter what time it is. If you are fearing that extra weight from after the holidays, just eat right for the remainder of the break, maybe do a little jogging and get back to the gym when you return to school. Don’t go crazy, just do what you can without it taking over your life.
8. Learn something new. With a new year, you are able to start fresh, and that means taking on something foreign to your life. For me, I have always wanted to learn how to DJ, but have never gotten around to it. For others it can vary from learning how to swim, to baking a cake. A new year gives us the opportunity to add onto the skills we’ve taken from the past and jump into the future.
9. Turn off your phone at the dinner table or when hanging out with friends. Recognize that time spent with people you care about is a blessing and it should not be taken up by being on your phone the whole time. Save that for later.
10. Eat the last piece of cake. Don’t be shy to eating desserts, because desserts are what make people happy. Don’t avoid your favorite cheesecake in the dining hall, when you know they only make it on Wednesday. Go in, and eat that cheesecake.
11. Embrace your emotions. Cry when you are sad or happy. Laugh when you are happy or sad. Whatever emotions you are feeling, don’t try and hide them. Life is good, you just need to always know that.
12. Stop judging people based on rumors and the way they look. This will get you no where, and that is a promise. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and it the people who constantly make fun of others that are breaking down people’s self confidence. It is ridiculous. Believe everyone is beautiful, and all will be good.
13. Treat yourself to nice things. If that means an iced coffee after class or a new Alex and Ani bracelet, don’t be afraid to spend money. I’m not saying this should be an everyday occurrence, because at the end of the day we are college students, but once in a while doesn’t hurt. Reward yourself the way you should be, and this will lead to a happy year.
14. What is for you will not pass you. You life was given to you for a reason, so show what that reason is. Everyday we are granted things that we aren’t necessarily sure we deserve, but if something is meant to be, it will happen. I promise. I learned that the hard way, but eventually you realize everything in your life has a place, and to forget the things that don’t.
Happy New Year, everyone and don’t forget to Keep Calm and College On all year long.