Goals For The New Year

Goals For The New Year

Setting goals will help me grow as a person.

The New Year is just around the corner and just like everyone else, I am going to try and have New Year’s Resolutions, but this time I might actually keep them. Some of mine may be classic and regular resolutions but I really do want to change and improve my life in this next year by starting out with just simple things to keep me going and strong.

My first goal is to start exercising more and to try and lose my freshman weight. Yeah I know that everyone does this one, but I just want to be healthy. I realized this semester that I do way more sitting and laying down than I do actually moving. Apart from being fit and muscular, I want to get my energy back to where I can’t cut myself any slack for being lazy.

My second goal is to focus on myself. I am tired of bending to the will of others to the point where I never focus on what I want to do. I want to stand my ground and not be spineless. I don’t want to be the person that everyone just assumes will take care of their little problems, I mean, don’t get me wrong I love helping people but I’m not a servant or a waiter. I can’t drop everything I’m doing all the time at the mercy of everyone else and leave my own needs swept under the rug.

My third goal is to read more. When I was younger I was an avid reader but I’ve lost that touch in the last few years and I really want to get back into that habit. There are so many novels and screenplays and works that I would love to get my hands on but I always tell myself that I never have to time to. I want to make more time for reading because I know that by reading more I’m gaining more personal time.

My fourth goal is to spend time with the people I care about and who care about me. Although I don’t want to cut ties with some people, I know that for my health there are just some people that I need to see less of in my life. Plus I just want to enjoy the time I have with people who I enjoy to be around and who genuinely want to be around me. I don’t like it when people pretend to like being around me, so this next year, I will be saving myself and others grief by spending time with the people I care about and with those who care about me.

Although I don’t have many resolutions, I do think that holding onto these goals in the next year will help me grow as a person to become someone who is sure of herself and confident in her actions. I look forward to all the new twists and turns that are in store for me and I know that with whatever happens, I’ll become someone who is sure of herself.

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4. Hot water bottle

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Seven New Year’s Resolutions That You Might Actually Be Able To Keep

Make your New Year's Resolution something that's realistic for the lifestyle you live.

We all know those New Year’s Resolutions that seem super attainable but turn out not to be. We keep up with them for about a week, but then fall off the routine, abandon our goals and return to our old habits and lifestyles. But, I think I have a few New Year’s Resolutions that might be easier to keep up with.

1. Exercise three days a week.

Working out everyday can be challenging if you have a full time job or are a student but, every other day can be easier to fit into your schedule. Plus, studies have shown that exercise is more effective if it’s stretched out over the week, giving your body time to recover before your next workout.

2. Power off your devices before bed.

Power off your devices 1 hour to 30 minutes before bed. Find a new book to read or start keeping a journal, or find some other way to wind down before bed other than using your laptop or cell phone.

3. Bring your own lunch more often.

If you eat out often, cut it down by a day or two and bring your own lunch. Pick up some tupperware storage containers at the store and put your leftovers in them and take them to work with you for an easy, cheaper lunch.

4. Add more fruits and veggies to your meals.

A good way to make your meals healthier is to think to add more color to your plate. It’s a simple way to make your meals healthier without always thinking about how many calories you’re taking in.

5. Stop revolving around your smartphone.

You miss out on a lot of things when you're on your phone during family gatherings and events. So make a rule with yourself to either power off those devices or put them on silent so you’re not always looking at them.

6. Try something new.

Try something new once a week or maybe once a month if that’s easier. Whether it’s a new activity or a new restaurant or a new style of clothing, take a step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

7. Take some time for yourself.

Everyone needs some “me time” and we don’t always take time for ourselves so scheduling it may be needed. Catch up on your reading list, get a manicure or a pedicure, or watch that movie you’ve always wanted to see.

All in all make your New Year's Resolution something that's realistic for the lifestyle you live, something that you can stick to, and something that makes you happy. In life, do the things that make you happy, not the things people or society says you should do. I hope everyone has a happy New Year and let's make this year better than the last! Cheers to 2018!!

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