For the past couple of years, I haven’t been a fan of resolutions simply because I would only keep them up for a week and then trash them before January was even over. Instead, I would pick a word and incorporate it into every single day. I loved this because it resulted in a lifestyle change rather than pushing for a goal and stopping once I hit it. Check out this post from last year to get an idea of what I did. With the beginning of a new decade, I wanted to try and stick to my resolutions for once. I think that it will set my expectations high for the next year and help me create a lifestyle that is productive and grounded.
+Wake up earlier. During the school year, I’m used to my alarm going off at 7:15 AM, but I will typically sit in bed for another 15-20 minutes, checking my email and scrolling on the gram. This year I’m determined to become a morning person, which means I need to up by 6 (yes, you heard that correctly) so that I have plenty of time to work out and shower before heading off to class. To achieve this, I need to get into bed sooner and power down all of my devices. While I’m getting into bed, I will be taking this time to read, reflect on my day, or set up my to-do list for the next day.
+Cook more. Believe it or not, I love to cook and create yummy meals in the kitchen. But after a long busy day, the last thing I want to do it stand around making food for an hour that will be eaten in ten minutes. From here on out, I want to plan my meals and start prepping the ingredients the weekend before so that there are zero excuses. It’s my goal to utilize this time to breathe and focus on fuelling my body with the right nutrients instead of reaching for what is most convenient.
+Speak kinder. I tend to always b the most optimistic person in the room, but with that, I can still make some mean girl comments. During 2020, I want to remove as much negative energy as possible from my life, and that starts with me. The power that I show off into the world is how it will come back to me by others. I’m making it a priority to spread kindness wherever I go by handing out an honest compliment to strangers and holding the door open.
+Take more me-time. During the last two months of 2019, I was basically having a mental breakdown every couple of days. I always felt enormously anxious and overwhelmed to the point where I was struggling to even make it out of bed, and my skin took the biggest hit. This year I am putting my mental health first and making sure that I continue to move forward instead of falling behind. During 2019, I would say I needed a self-care day but would forget about it as the stress of the day would pile on top of me. Starting now, I will be scheduling self-care into every single day. It can be as simple as a morning guided meditation or as extra as a massage.
+Learn to budget. Woohoo, adulting… I have no clue where even to start, but I think this is an excellent place to begin. I’m pretty good about saving my money, but when it comes down to buying random things, I’m the absolute worst. I tend to see things and instantly buy them without actually thinking about it. I want to make a goal only to purchase the things that I absolutely need. For this goal, I will be creating a grocery list and not buying random items I see and sticking to the monthly clothing allowance I have created.
+Get organized. I have about a million things going on in the next six months, and I need to figure out how to keep track of it all. I used to love to google calendar, but for some reason, the notifications would not pop on my phone, which meant I was continually missing things. I ordered a new in-depth paper planner and hope that this will help me sort it all out. Then when I wake up in the morning, I want to write out all of my tasks for the day so that I can see all of my expectations to knock them out.