Sometimes I wonder what’s the point of making new year resolutions, and why everyone gets so caught up in the “new year, new me” hive mind. No one ever really follows through…right? Isn’t it always a long term plan that somehow turns into a short term, short lived plan?
Then I realize that going in with that attitude is what disrupts the progress.
I think I’m going to turn my resolutions into a state of mind, a state of being…instead of words written in a planner or a journal.
Turn them into tangible, attainable tasks and goals that can be worked on day by day, little by little. Because sometimes breaking down the big picture into smaller, less intimidating ones are just the trick.
So here’s my list of goals for 2015, a lot of which may be similar to last years (because I too am guilty of quitting a couple months in)…
1. Stay Hydrated
I’m a huge fan of soda and other deliciously fizzy drinks. To the point where it’s become an unhealthy addiction. There are some days where I can go through multiple liters of coca cola. It’s horrible. This year though, I’m making it a point to give up the fizzies, or at least curb the intake…by a lot. I find that keeping a bottle of water with me at all times helps. If I have something to drink already in front of me, I don’t reach for anything else. That’s not to say that I don’t have moments of weakness and never reach out for a cold can of soda though. I’ll allow myself a cheat day here and there…and honestly, I feel better knowing I’m drinking more water (and consequently peeing like a racehorse because of it).
2. Think Happy Thoughts
I’m reeeeeaaaaaalllly good at angry rants. Almost too good. I’m that friend who is the ultimate pessimist, that girl who sees the glass half empty. Instead of being happy about 80% sunshine, I get bummed about the 20% chance of rain. I don’t know why that is. If I’m painfully honest, I have always considered myself to be an inherently negative person. But it does not suit me. It does not suit me because I am the advice giver in my inner circle, the rock and the confidant. So why am I so pessimistic? No clue. But I do know it’s time to change that. The positive advice I give to those close to me, also needs to be directed inwardly. The good vibes I wish on those I love and care for, need to be wished upon my own life as well. It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the nasty stuff and forget about the good things. So from now on, I will try to find at least one good thing in every day. I won’t care about the 20% chance of rain, because a little water never hurt anyone anyway.
3. Get The Creative Juices Flowing
Beyond the dark and twisty pessimist, and past the dorky, clumsy exterior lies a volcano of creativity. Why it hasn’t erupted is totally beyond me. This year I need to express myself more through art. Painting, writing, making things…I need to do it. Even scrap booking or pottery. I feel like my life needs something more than what I’m doing now. Ever feel that way? You ever just wake up one morning and just feel like painting?
4. Financial Freedom, Finally
Money management has always been a struggle for me, as im sure it is for a lot of other people. On top of crappy management theres also the shopping addiction I have. Mix those two together and I im sure I dont have to explain what an awful catastrophe it is in my life. Im pretty sure this may have been part of my resolutions last year, and of course I stopped caring half way through. However, there are big plans in mind for 2015 and if I want them to really come to fruition, I need to be somewhat financially capable, if not free, to make these things happen. So yes, this may be the biggest goal of them all, but its also the most important to me. Its time I get the student loans under control, jump on the money saving train and learn to curb my spending. Welcome to adulthood, Tiny T…its about time you showed up.
5. Stay Organized
Im the first one to admit that I am a total mess. I never clean up after myself, and my room always looks like a tornado came through it without mercy. Thats me, an unmerciful tornado. Clean laundry? Wont get put away until the next weeks batch. Shoes? Never in my closet. Making my bed? I dont even know what that means. Dont even get me started on my car. *ashamed* But like all things in life, this must come to an end. I REALLY need to get my shit together and get more organized. I can never have the type of place I want if I continue to stay so messy. I think a big part of me not being so much of a morning person (other than being deeply in love with sleep) is that waking up in a cluttered, messy place is bound to start affecting your mood at some point. All of which leads me to my next point, which goes hand in hand with this one:
6. Stop Hoarding
Yea. I hoard. I hoard like a hamster shoving food into his cheeks. I hoard the most ridiculous things, “collect” the most ridiculous things. Its a very serious problem. How many tea pots do I need before its too many? How many pairs of fluffy socks before its a disease? Do I really need 56 fleece blankets? Do I really need a million candles? -_- By now im sure you catch my drift. 2015 will be the year of the purge. I want to go through everything I own, from clothing to books and get rid of or donate things that I REALLY dont need cluttering up my life.
What are your resolutions? Do you think you will keep any of them?
Thanks for reading!