So Raise a Glass to the RESOLUTION!

And just like that, we shut the door on 2016.  What a year… filled with death, birth, trials, successes, tears, laughter, firsts and lasts. It’s almost a bit hard to wrap up what was in 2016 and put it aside and step into the new.

But there’s so much 2016 brought to be thankful for-I did so much and accomplished so much that I can’t help but look back on this year and smile when I think of these things:

  • I graduated high school!
  • I got into a fantastic college!!
  • We welcomed a new puppy into the family.
  • I got into a great exercise groove (for 3/4 of the year, anyways!) and was able to finally run 4 miles at a time without completely collapsing and gasping for air (ha!)
  • I graced the doorstep of Disney World… twice!
  • I travelled with awesome friends.
  • I got my first credit card, and have made purchases (and mistakes!) to build up my credit history!
  • I met my room mate and new best friend. 
  • I got a job in college!
  • I completed my first ever semester of college with a GPA I’m proud of
  • My father finally found a new job (amen!!)
  • I got involved in my campus ministry.
  • I grew so much personally, found my niche of people, and have more than begun to define who I am as a person.

Many embrace the saying “new year, new me!” but honestly, starting new habits, making goals for yourself, and committing to trying new things should be on everyone’s mind, New Year or not.

I’ve compiled this list of eight things that I wish to be not only New Year’s resolutions, but also daily resolutions… things that I can implement now and in the coming year to ultimately help me better myself and my lifestyle.

Shall we?

1. Eat better. Typical resolution, but I mean it. I just came from a rich, carbohydrate-loaded Italian meal and will be loading up on cookies later… I tell myself “I’m young, I can still eat like this”… But “young” habits die hard (er, will make me die later), so I’d rather start over now try to stick with it for as long as possible.  Thankfully, being able to eat on campus for a large part of the year means I can basically control what I eat 24/7, so it’s honestly just a matter of willpower. 😌

2. Exercise more. (I’m just hitting all the cliche ones, aren’t I?) There was a period earlier in the year when I went to the gym at least 3 times a week to run for 3 miles.  How nice would it be to restart/keep up my running regimen and my embarrassing dorm-floor ab exercise routine? It does make a difference, honestly… it’s just a matter of will and motivation.

3. Conquer social media. To me, this means a lot of things:

  • Not letting it run my life (I should not be glued to my phone all hours of the day… nor should I let what’s happening on the screen dictate how I live my life!)
  • Not requiring approval/likes/retweets/favorites to have a healthy self image and self esteem
  • Embracing social media to spread positivity instead of negativity (the world is cruel enough as it is, come on now).

4. Keep killin’ em with kindness. This is a big one. I want to be able to, more often than not, be that bigger person and choose the higher road, to find the beauty not the flaw, to seek understanding and not fault. Proverbs 31:26 says “she opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue”.  I want to be that person who is well informed, understanding, and in thought word and deed can spread kindness to others, regardless of the way I am treated. This year (and right now!) I want to radiate love and acceptance, no matter your beliefs, opinions, race, sexuality, or creed.

5. Watch my wallet. I’d be lying if I said I was a perfect human with my money this year.  Only recently have I truly realized the dimensions of the cost of my education, my personal financial standing, and my flaws in borrowing, saving, and spending money. A recent look at my bank accounts, and the results from these free tools from Personal Capital  (a retirement calculator and net worth calculator) has opened my eyes to how I need to buckle down and save (look for a “how to live frugally in college” post sometime soon!!) for not only my education, but for my very near and far away future. Some of my biggest regrets from this year include certain monetary decisions, so I hope that being more involved and mindful with my money will serve me well for 2017. Since the start of 2016, I’ve set up accounts at various credit unions and have attempted to lock away/invest some of my money so that it can grow while I’m off busy learning in college (:

6. Sleep more. I’m serious! I thought junior year of high school was bad, but I don’t know anymore after this year. I remember watching a TED Talk about the importance of sleep… and I honestly hope to incorporate  all of the wisdom from that video into my 2017 routines!

7.  Grow spiritually. It’s a huge help that I have such a wonderful group of people in the campus ministry at school to help me explore/expand my faith, but I’d like to do more this year, both in my church and my community (both at school and at home!).

8. Embrace the passion projects! It’s so easy to get caught up and bogged down in homework, the job, and the day-to-day mundane tasks. One of my most important goals for this year is to make time for the things I love: blogging, writing, crafts, photography, music, and honestly anything that involves me getting down and dirty and creating something with my own hands 😊 (Watch this space!!!)

What are your goals for 2017? What are you most looking forward to?

💚,

Steph

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