I think many of us can agree that 2016 has been quite a kicker! And while personally, this year has been pretty scary for my family and I, I would like to continue moving into 2017 with a good attitude and some solid resolutions.
Now, I don’t make new year’s resolutions the same way that many people do. For me, every day is an opportunity to be a better person than I was yesterday, and a new year is a time to take the improvements I’ve made in the last year and expand upon them.
Without further ado, here are my resolutions for the next year!
I’ve always been a bookworm, but something I’ve done this past year is spend a lot more time reading. I’ve found that reading relaxes me and has been so great for my mental health because it gives me some freedom to feel without judgement, which are pretty rare moments in this crazy world we live in.
Let’s face it, I’ve had this blog forever and lately I hardly use it! I want to start carving out more time to write here, because it’s something that I really enjoy. Sharing my opinions and expressing my creativity through words are things that bring me great happiness and increased levels of relaxation.
Spend more time with my family.
I love my family. I really do! While they can sometimes be frustrating or annoying, there’s nothing quite like spending time with them. One of the unfortunate things about being in college and working full time is that I tend to have seemingly little free time, which mostly is due to poor time management. I hope to be able to better manage my time to fill it with things that are good for me and more time with my family.
I will admit it, this year I have really felt challenged by other people. It’s been very hard for me to accept others as they are and love them despite their faults. While I won’t put my personal health or well being on the line for the sake of being around or accepting someone, I am going to work on giving more people the benefit-of-the-doubt and letting their flaws go, which will allow me to develop more meaningful friendships.
Stop feeling obligation to others.
While we need to be loving and accepting of others, we are not obligated to give ourselves over to them. Saying “no” does not make us terrible people, and refusing to let people in when we are not comfortable is healthy and necessary.
So there it is! My tiny set of resolutions. I know it seems pretty small, but I like to keep my firm year-long resolutions simple. There’s loads of other things that I will do over the year but to me, it feels good to lock in some simple year-long commitments. Be achieving them it feels as though I keep a little piece of the old me while I develop the newer, brighter, better version of me. 🙂
Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments! If you hate resolutions, share with me exactly why you hate them. If you love them, share why you love them! I always am open to and love constructive discussion and differing viewpoints. Until next time…