Happy New Year!
So, you’ve been hearing from friends, family, the news, tumblr, Facebook, and every other social media outlet about everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. Well, you’re about to hear it from me too. However, I tend to look at these things a bit differently. I’m just as annoyed with you at the stereotypical, generic, unfocused resolutions that people remember for a day and then forget once the champagne has left their system. It’s disheartening and makes the thought of participating yourself pretty unattractive. Trust me, I get it. But what I want to tell you, is this is no excuse to completely disregard your goals for the new year!
The point in making resolutions is to challenge yourself to start fresh with renewed energy and passion. The problem that most people face is that once the excitement is gone, or when their goal isn’t completed by the end of January, they quit. The trick is recognizing that you cannot change your life over night. Saying “New Year, New Me” isn’t going to automatically make you a “better” person. This year I challenge you to focus on the little things. I challenge you to celebrate small successes and instead of using your resolution to punish yourself for what you failed at last year, use it to give yourself momentum to create a life you always dreamed. That’s what Creating She is all about, creating a future that you dream of by introducing small changes into your everyday life.
To make it easier, I’ve broken it down into five parts for you. I’ve also listed some of my own resolutions and goals. Together we can keep each other accountable and motivated. I will keep y’all updated on how I’m doing as the year goes on!
As You’re Making Your Goals:
- Be Realistic: You have an entire year, 365 days, to make each one of your goals come to life. When you’re giving yourself enough to do’s to fill up a year, don’t be surprised when you can’t fit them all into January. Also, don’t be surprised if you don’t complete them all. I have a secret, the world won’t end if you don’t lose 20 pounds, aren’t nice every moment of every day, and don’t win the lottery all in the same year. Recognize your limits and then do your darndest to surpass every one of them.
- Be Creative: Lose weight. Pay off all debt. Get all A’s. Get a boyfriend. Make money. Honey, if this is your list, then bless your heart. You need a hug and a wake up call. These things are fine and wonderful, but you are capable of so much more than that list. What have you always wanted to do but are too scared to do it? Want to go to Alaska? Want to start a blog (ahem)? Want to become a writer for Her Campus or Campus Fashionista? Then make those your resolutions. You’re always going to want all A’s and you will always want more money. Don’t waste your precious time focusing on things that you already know you want. Be new and be bold. Acknowledge the dreams that you aren’t already focusing on.
- Be Specific: Now once you determine your very creative goals, it’s time to put those goals into action. How? Plan it out. What specific steps can you take to get what you want? What is going to stand in your way? Who can keep you accountable? What is going to motivate you? Ask yourself the important questions because while looking at a beautifully written list of dreams is nice, having a game plan is going to get you to success much faster! If you need to plan it out by month, do it. If you need to write down a literal game plan, do it… But I would suggest doing it in pink ink. (Just a suggestion ;)) This is going to keep you on track and remember what I said about small successes, this is where that comes in. You may not rule the world by 2015 but you may be a heck of a lot closer.
- Be Caring: Why are you making the resolutions that you’re making? Are you making them because it’s what your heart wants or because it’s what society is telling you, you need? If you’re feeling like 2013 was just a total failure, I want you to look again. Recognize your worth, your successes, and all that you have already accomplished. You don’t need to be perfect and your resolutions are not the place to highlight what you think you’re doing wrong. Be positive and treat yourself like you would treat a sister or a best friend. If you’re struggling with this, come to me, I promise I will help you see how perfectly perfect you already are.
- Be Responsible: Yeah, so I’m a major procrastinator. It’s a daily challenge but I make it work… 99.9% of the time. I know you’re the same so shh! If this is a problem for you too, share your goals with a friend. You are much more likely to stick to your guns if you have a sassy best friend who will remind you of why you wanted this in the first place. Once again, if you don’t have someone who can do this, we can do it together.
I hope that y’all find the most wonderful blessings and success in 2014!