Happy New Year! – A Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

Time is said to be not linear, but circular, and as we all learned in one of our first geometry lessons, circles are made of an infinite amount of points. Circles, like time, are never-ending.

Not everyone believes in starting fresh on January 1st. Many people don’t make resolutions or never follow through with the ones that they do make. In a way, we don’t ever start fresh. However, we can look at every new year as a new point on the infinite circle of our lives. Our personal human time may not be infinite, but our personal circles represent points on the much larger circle of the cosmos, our universe.

I personally believe in attempting to better myself in every way possible. I like the mark of a new year to be a rejuvenating force for me. A fresh jumping-off point to renew my spirits in achieving new things. Something small like drinking more water seems insignificant when you think of all the people on this planet, but it is each of our individual little points on the big circle of life that matters. Make your circle the best it can possibly be.

In the past year, I had a 2+ year relationship end, and a new one begin. I started my senior year of high school, and I started this blog. I was accepted to a college, and I was also rejected from a college.

In the past year, I have become stronger physically and emotionally, I have learned new things about my creative style and how to inspire myself, I have cultivated connections with people who support me and bring out the best in me.

Let this be the year we all grow as human beings, gaining compassion and strength, and creating love. To start this year off, I’m going to share some of my personal resolutions with you. In addition, I’m going to provide suggestions for other resolutions, and tips on how to stick with them!

New Year's Resolutions

My Resolutions

  • Create more art. – Engage in more creative activities. Fill at least one sketchbook outside of any art classes.
  • Read more books. – Read at least once a week and keep track of how many pages you read per day and per week.
  • Be kinder. – Think before you speak. Keep attitude, snappiness, or judgement out of your voice. Most people judge without meaning to, but your judgements do not need to be shared. They help no one.
  • Wear a lip color at least once a week. – What are all those lipsticks for if you aren’t going to wear them?
  • Work out or do yoga at least 3 times a week. – It can be anywhere from  10 minutes to an hour and a half. Just take time at least 3 days a week to do something good for your body.

My Tips for Keeping Resolutions

  1.  Don’t create extreme rules or limits and start small. – It’s important to have some sort of outline and specifications to your goal to help you achieve it. That being said, don’t be so demanding of yourself. Quitting things cold turkey or going from not working out at all to going to the gym at 5 am every morning will not work for most people. If you have amazing will power like that, you definitely don’t need to be reading this post. Start by setting reasonable expectations. Start small and see how much you can handle. It’s easier to begin with 2 days of working out and then adding a third or fourth once you know you can handle it. You can always modify your resolutions to make them tougher. But if you start tough and you can’t accomplish it, you’ll feel discourage and most likely give up entirely.
  2. Keep a list of your resolutions somewhere you will see them everyday.  – When you look at them constantly, they will be in your subconscious and on your mind, making it easier to follow through. The more ingrained in you it is to consider your goals everyday, the more natural it will be to remain focused and achieve them.
  3. Keep a checklist or daily/weekly tracker. – Seeing that row of checks from the last 10 days saying that you kept up with your goal, you will be motivated. It’ll feel so good that you’ll just keep getting those checks. That visual counterpart is a great way to hold yourself accountable and keep yourself motivated.

More Ideas for Resolutions!

  • Keep a journal – track this!
  • Drink ___ oz. of water everyday – track this!
  • Do laundry every week – track this!
  • Don’t leave dishes in the sink overnight – track this!
  • Say no things you don’t want to do – keep a list of all the things you say no to!
  • Say yes to things you normally wouldn’t – keep a list here too!
  • Wash your makeup brushes weekly – tracker potential!
  • Go to bed by 10 at least 3 nights a week – track!
  • Eat fruit everyday – delicious and easily tracked!
  • Call your mom once a week – she misses you and you can track this one!
  • Save $____ every month – easily trackable
  • Don’t spend more than $____ on _____  – great if you’re a Carrie Bradshaw 2.0

Got any more resolution ideas or planning to try out any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Happy New Years to everyone!