Hi there, welcome back to my blog after a bit of a hiatus. I was over due for a much needed vacation. Between starting a new job, traveling every weekend, and prepping for Christmas things got a little crazy. That’s not to say that the week I took off from blogging was entirely relaxing. I was busy going from place to place and managed to be sick the entire time but it was nice to not have to juggle blogging on top of that. Now as I’m typing I can hear the waves crashing on the beach and the sun is shining… ahhhh paradise. If you’re stuck somewhere you don’t want to be right now just take a second and take a deep breath in, close your eyes at the top of your breath and then exhale.
I always think of New Year’s Resolutions like that, it’s taking a moment to take stock of what’s around you and reassess. Or simply, breathing out. In the past I’ve been fairly successful with my New Year’s Resolutions such a kicking my Tumblr addiction, walking an average on 10,000 steps a day and drinking enough water. All things I have achieved at least in some way. Of course I’m a very goal oriented person so I do best with this kind of structure. If you’re not – don’t sweat it. Find what works for you.
For those of you who are goal oriented or are trying to become more so, I thought I’d let you in on some of my New Year’s Resolutions and how I plan to achieve them.
First of all, when setting a goal like this there’s no rush to go full tilt in January because then you’ll most likely burn out and not achieve anything, then what was the point. It’s better if you take it slow, do what you can do and don’t be too tough on yourself. It’s just something you want to work on throughout the year, not change overnight.
That being said, I don’t like to set too direct of goals. If you’re working on your weight and you plan to lose 5 pounds every month you’re not really giving yourself much flexibility. One month you might lose ten and another you might gain two (muscle weighs more than fat). Try for a goal that if you succeed more one week than another it’s no big deal.
Be okay without wearing makeup – when I was in high school I didn’t wear any makeup except for mascara and even then occasionally I’d forgot to put it on in the morning and think ‘oh well’. But in university I started to wear more and along the way started wearing it every day. I like makeup, I like it a lot I think that it’s fun and empowering but I’ve started to look at other women who aren’t wearing makeup and feel… jealous. I’d like to be able to go out again without any makeup on. Then I find myself thinking “well they were blessed with dark eyebrows and dark eyelashes and I wasn’t”. While that may be true, it’s not really the point, it’s about accepting who I am and what I look like at any given point. Which is really the overall goal, be more self-accepting, which is something we could probably all work on isn’t it?
Teach myself how to curl my hair – I am truly miserable at doing my hair. So miserable in fact that I had my boyfriend (who has never curled anyone’s hair before) curl the back of my hair for this post. Blogging is such glamour eh? I know that the only way I’m going to get better is if I practice, and then practice some more so I just need to start.
Blogging Goals – there are always things I want to work on and improve my blog by doing. I have a constant influx of new ideas and I’m always getting inspired by other bloggers. I plan on getting better at making my blog more pinterest friendly, sharing some things I’ve struggled to find the words for, and keeping up the five days a week schedule. I don’t want to say too many of them yet because I’m not exactly sure when I’m going to find the time to do them. I mean I’m moving this month so I might not have the time that I want, which brings me to my next point.
Don’t Over Schedule – I used to be really bad for double booking. I’d make so many plans and then realize that yes I had four separate plans on a Friday night and would need the ability to apparate to get to all of them. I got a good planner and this issue was resolved. But I’m still a compulsive overscheduler. If I see in my planner that I have a free weekend or moment I immediately schedule it. I live in Toronto which means that there are lots of things and people to hang out with after work. So I end up working 9 – 5 (sometimes trying to squeeze a workout in before work even though I’m really not a morning person) then spend time with a friend from 6 – 11 basically every night. Then somehow fit in showering, packing my lunch, grocery shopping, laundry and other errands and writing a daily blog post in. What about weekends? I hear you asking. Well every single weekend I either go visit friends or family and leave the second work is over on Friday and return at 11:30pm on Sunday. I’m going to try to be better about taking a look at my calendar and realizing that a week night or weekend even where I have no plans is actually great.
What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? Do you make them or do you think they’re totally pointless?
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