New Years Resolutions: Think Big, But Plan Small

New Years Resolutions: Think Big, But Plan Small

Give yourself attainable goals

New year, new me!

But is it really? Up until a few years ago, I've always thought of the new year as a fresh start. What I didn't realize was how ridiculous my resolutions were. I wanted to eat better, exercise more, start my day earlier, etc. and things went great, for about a week. I recently realized why my New Year's resolutions were SO hard. I was trying to break habits that I've spent years developing.

The reality is that we come into the new year with big expectations for ourselves and for our futures but soon realize how difficult our resolutions are to achieve, and forget about them. Because of this, I've become a huge advocate of short-term goals. Instead of making a resolution that will take months to achieve, try making a daily short-term goal for yourself. Something that you strive to do every day.

Long-term goals take a long time to see results and the lack of satisfaction you feel eventually forces you to "try again next year." Short-term goals offer immediate satisfaction and therefore are easier to keep up with. For example, instead of making your new years resolution to lose weight, simply tell yourself that you want to go on a 30-minute walk every day. If you can't do it every day, then 4-5 times a week. This gives you a daily goal, instant satisfaction, and before you know it, that short-term goal leads to the weight loss that you wanted all along.

After all, we all have to start somewhere.

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What If You're Not Thriving You're Only Surviving?

Someday you'll thrive, but for now you have to just survive.

We’ve all seen the posts. Countless upon countless posts on all social media platforms of millennials saying how they’re #SurvivingNotThriving because of various tiny difficulties in their life. Maybe they didn’t do as well on a test as they were hoping, maybe their favorite brunch place was closed so they had to go to Denny’s instead. Whatever it may be, sometimes it’s overwhelming being on social media and sifting through all of the posts about how life just isn’t going the way that person wants right now. But, what if you are truly not thriving and you’re just merely surviving?

Lately, I have felt like this and not just because of trivial, day to day things. It’s hard to feel like you are genuinely thriving when the thought of getting up out of bed to brush your teeth exhausts you. Every minute of every day that you are not in bed and asleep drains the life out of you, no matter the workload on your plate. I have come to a point in my life where I feel stagnant, stuck and unable to get out of the rut I am currently in - I am the definition of the trendy hashtag. I am not squeezing every last drop out of the beautiful life I have like I should be.

It’s important to remember when you’re in seasons in your life like this, though, there will always be a way to pull yourself out of it. Despite the fact that I continually feel like I’m only surviving, I have hope for the future; a future where I suck the marrow out of life, a future where I fully and completely thrive. If you, too, feel the lowest of the low and that you are only #SurvivingNotThriving - keep the hope, cling to it.

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What Does Your Body Position Say About You?

She seemed to read her presentation off the carpet.

“Margaret, your presentation please,” the teacher announced above the crowd of heads that filled the classroom.

At the sound of her name being called, she stood up and walked with slow, heavy feet to the front of the classroom. While she stood by the Smart Board waiting for her PowerPoint to load, her eyes kept darting at the door.

As she stood there presenting her PowerPoint in a very small voice, her face never changed. Margaret’s mouth stayed in a thin line the entire presentation, her eyebrows furrowed, and she made no eye contact with anyone—just the door, the walls, the ceiling, and mostly the floor. She seemed to read her presentation off the carpet. Along with that, her pale, flushed face looked as though she may even throw up. Her face even had a tint of green to it. She took short, rapid breaths as if to try and hold it down.

Along with her eyes, her head also hung down, creating a small hunch in her upper shoulders and back. Margaret couldn’t stand still. Watching her rock back and forth from one foot to the other took all my attention away from her presentation. Her hands kept moving as well. She had her fingers twisted in a knot and when she would unwind them, they would only get twisted up again. She did, however, take a break from twisting up her fingers by rotating and re-rotating the rings on her fingers.

When Margaret’s presentation finally ended, she bolted back to her seat and sat back down with a loud, heavy sigh.

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