We’re 19 days into the new year and 10 people have already told me that they’ve given up on their new year’s resolutions. Really, those 10 people couldn’t have just waited a few more days until the 21 day mark? According to the 21 Day Fix infomercials that I love to watch after 2am, it takes 21 days to form a habit, so if I were any of those 10 people, I would have just waited until the 21 day mark so that at least I could use the excuse “I tried it out for 21 days but I wasn’t feeling it.”
Oh well, to each their own.
In all seriousness, kudos to everyone who made resolutions this year. Even if you’re 19 days in and have decided to stop/alter/pause your resolutions, at least you came up with goals, put a plan in place, and set out to achieve them. You’ve made it this far and have definitely taken 3 more steps than the majority of people who think about making resolutions but never do so.
Anyway, this post isn’t about setting goals (read my previous post on how to do that) or about my 2017 goals, it’s about how I’m starting this year off on a high note. I’m going to be honest, 2016 wasn’t the best year for me. In fact, it was probably the worst year that I’ve had over the past 7 years. That being said, sh*it happens and instead of dwelling on the past, here’s how I’m making this year the best one yet.
- I’m being selfish.
In 2016 I figured things out and now I’m ready to make 2017 MY year. It took getting my heart broken, moving 2 times, extracting myself from numerous negative situations, being diagnosed with depression, distancing myself from toxic people, and venturing WAY outside of my comfort zone (all in 12 months) to get me to where I am now, but at least I can say that I lived through it all and survived to tell the tale. Now that I’ve figured out what I want, who I want to focus my energy on, and where I’m going literally and figuratively, I’m going to be selfish and put my needs and wants first. Insert the “if you can’t help others if you haven’t helped yourself” quote here because it’s applicable and that’s exactly what I’m planning to do.
- I’m journaling.
I took a break from journaling for 4 years and I have no idea why. I restarted daily journaling on January 2nd and haven’t missed a day yet, mainly because I’m so determined to capture this year on paper. Journaling helps me organize my thoughts and feelings, and it’s become an asset in combatting anxiety and symptoms of OCD. If you want to start journaling but don’t know where to start, I’d suggest looking up a list of writing prompts and going from there. Journaling doesn’t have to be a written log of your day, it can be as simple as writing a list or jotting down a few words. There are no rules when it comes to journaling so make it your own.
- I’m working out.
Yes the rumours are true, I’ve committed to doing a bodybuilding competition in the fall. The thought of stepping on stage in a tiny bikini scares the crap out of me, but having that as my end goal has kicked my butt into shape (no seriously, my butt is looking great these days). It may seem excessive to some, but I do bodybuilding workouts 3 times a week, cardio 4 times a week, and weightlifting class 3 times a week. I’m working with a competition coach to make sure that my physique and diet is on point, and I’m excited to see how I can transform my body in the span of 9 months.
- I’m cleaning up.
I’m not going all Marie Kondo on my life, but I’m decluttering my office, closet, and Facebook friend list. Do I need the stack of files that I haven’t touched in 3 years? Nope, recycle. Do I wear any of these clothing items in my bottom drawer? Nope, donate. Who the heck is this person? Did we work together once upon a time? Is she the cousin of the friend who I once lent a textbook to? No clue, unfriend.
As the year goes on, I’ll be sure to add to this list (and update this post), but for now these are the 4 things that I’m focusing on and I think it’s a pretty good start. I’m excited to return to blogging in 2017 and I can’t wait to document my life via blog posts this year.