New Year, Same Me.. But Better: 16 New Years' Resolutions Everyone Should Have

January 05, 2016

dress: sequin bodycon dress // dynamite clothing | earrings: gold hoops // nordstrom rack | ring: statement ring | makeup: champagne champion 

Hello and Happy 2016 to you all! Of course, I began the new year rather annoyingly with my dozens of Instagram posts in the span of 48 hours. (By the way, if you aren't following me on Instagram, you should...) Don't expect it to stop, though. One of my resolutions is to stay on my social media grind.

I've been seeing hella tweets and posts about people mocking the "New Year, New Me," and "Gym Membership/Weight Loss," new year resolutions, and while I get it, there are resolutions that are made every single year and broken every single year.. Maybe your new years resolution should be to focus on yourself and do you. The worst thing you can be is a hater. If Suzy wants to hop on the weight loss journey for the 18th time, more power to Suzy. However, I do share the odd laugh at the "New Year, New Me" resolution, because why can't you be the same you, but just better? 

There is so much pressure to re-invent yourself every new year, as if we are shedding our skin and leaving our cocoons and becoming beautiful butterflies the second the clock hits midnight. And while that's really cute and all, that's not how reality works. Rather than reinventing yourself for the new year, I want to challenge you all (and myself) to become a better version of yourself in the new year. Here's 16 New Years' Resolutions (almost) Everyone Should Have.

1. Try not to forget anyone's birthday. 
Let's try not to use Facebook as a cheat for this one, either. But do what you gotta do.

2. Stop procrastinating! Get organized!
This has been a life resolution of mine since.. ever. Clearly. I can barely get a blog post up until the last minute. Try to set time limits and deadlines for yourself and get them done in the time you've provided. Spend an entire month getting your sh*t done without procrastinating and realize how awesome it feels. Organize your workspace, (yes, even your computer files) and get in the habit of putting things in the right spot. It takes 21 days to make a habit. So, start today. Trust me, your future self will thank you.

3. Visit the dentist and other doctors*
I get it's harder for those who don't have coverage or universal healthcare. But for those of you that can, make a doctor's appointment. Visit your optometrist, audiologist, OBGYN, dermatologist, etc. Get a check-up and make sure everything is up and running in your body. Find out why you've been getting that pain in your back every morning. Get your teeth cleaned. Some of us haven't seen a doctor/dentist in years and it's really best to get in there while you can. Which brings me to our next resolution,

4. Take care of yourself! Eat clean!
Some of us haven't even heard of fruits and vegetables. I always tell people that you don't need to be overweight/on a weight loss journey to stress about your diet. Especially, for those of us that don't get our required 30 minutes of physical activity per day. *Keep an eye out for my blog post on how to clean up your eating without much effort!

I'm not even kidding you, I have met so many people that just do not drink water. Let me make this clear for a few of you, JUICE. IS. NOT. WATER. I meet many people who think any liquid is an acceptable substitute for water, and I always have to tell them that they are so, very wrong. Water literally helps everything in your body. From the inside out. Smoother skin, softer hair. There is nothing that can go wrong in getting the right amount of water in your body per day. 8 (8-ounce) glasses of water (that's a little less than 2L) is recommended per day. But if you really wanna find out how much water you should be drinking, click here.

6. Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity in (at least 3x a week)
We're getting cliche, in here, but the fact of the matter is that very few of us actually get in the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity in per day (including myself at times). We spend so much time sitting at desks, in desks, driving, etc. that our heart rates don't get much higher than when you've hit a suspenseful scene in your favourite TV show. 30 minutes out of 24 hours really isn't a lot, but it's so hard to get up and do. So, start small. Try to cut netflix and chill 30 minutes short and go for a run, jump some rope, or play a sport. (I mean, depending on your definition of chill, you could be getting in your 30 minutes, easy.)

7. Connect with an old friend (or keep in contact with current friends)
I feel like as the years go on, one by one, a cart falls off my friend choo-choo train. Not necessarily because of conflict, but because of my inability to stay in contact with anyone. Of course, life is always hectic and everyone is in their old world, but make it a point this year to step out of your world and check up on a friend. We never really realize how important our relationships are.

8. Be a bad bitch. Take no shit.
Time to live and let go. Get out of those toxic relationships, realize your man/girl ain't shit and you deserve better. Stand up for yourself. Don't let anyone talk down to you this year.

9. Speak Your Mind.
There's really not much harm in speaking your mind and venting. Of course, sometimes being too outspoken can have it's repercussions, but bottling up your inner feelings and thoughts can have a negative effect on you mentally and emotionally. Make it a point this year to tell people how you truly feel. 

10. Make more time for the things (or people) you love.
Life is so busy and we often forget to take time to do the things we love doing. We get so tied up in school and work and other "adult" things that we forget to live like a kid again. Go bike riding or hiking. Do a puzzle, play monopoly, or fly a kite. Paint, be artistic. Make time for the things you enjoy doing. Or in a sense, the people you enjoy...doing.. hahaha.

11. Make time for self-care.
Along with life being insanely busy, don't forget to take care of yourself. Now, while that could mean taking a mental health day and binge watching netflix; this also means, cleaning your room, getting your dishes done, doing that assignment you've been procrastinating for two weeks, paying your bills,  getting your life in order. 

12. Don't stress the little things.
Try to filter what's worth stressing over and what isn't. Rant for a couple minutes and move on. There's no time for petty shit this year.

13. Take Risks. Expand Your Horizons.
We're getting cliche once again, but I'm telling you from experience, this is amazing character building. Step out of your comfort zone at least once a day. Do something that terrifies you. Now, don't go jumping off buildings or anything, but tell that special person you like them, wear that crop top, ask that a stranger to sit with you. Have "the conversation" with that person you've been talking to for a while. Do something even though you know you might get rejected. It may seem scary at first, but once you get in the habit of doing things you wouldn't normally be comfortable with and/or getting rejected; nothing will be that scary anymore. Turn yourself into a fearless bitch this year.

14. Become "WOKE" 
(and if you already are, stay woke.)
If you don't know what being "woke" is, check out this Blavity article by Raven Cras, which explains "woke-ness" beautifully. Be socially aware. Stay woke.

15. Become more open-minded + less judgemental.
Long story, short, worry about yourself. Don't worry about what's in someone else's plate. Accept that others have different values and make different life choices than yourself and that is okay. It is not your place to tell someone that they're doing life wrong, no one really knows what they're doing.

And most importantly, 

16. Try not be an asshole this year!*
There was a whole lot of assholery/foolery in 2015. Let's not allow 2016 to be the same.

I hope you all have a lovely and blessed year,

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