New Year's Resolutions Not Related To Your Body

New Year's Resolutions Not Related To Your Body

Focus on your mind, soul, self-worth and happiness this year!
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"A New Year's resolution is a tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year's Day."

There are many New Year's resolutions that focus on changing one's body. This includes losing weight, gaining muscle, the attempt to stop eating fast food, going on a diet, starting weight-watchers or going for a run every morning. The goals vary, but we've all experienced one that focuses on how our body looks. All of these resolutions are amazing as long as they're being done for the right reasons. I personally have had New Year's goals in the past that focused on my body, but it's time for a change. Exercise and eating right is extremely important and should always be taken into consideration, but for resolutions this year, what are some that focus on more inner aspects?

The start of a new year is the time to make changes and to reach goals that you've been dreaming of. There are infinite resolutions that you could have and all have tremendous meaning. These may revolve around kindness, caring, self-importance, school, work, or your overall thought-process. The list can go on forever. This is a time to start new if needed and to make certain changes that you've been wanting to.

Sit, write a list of goals, narrow them down, choose one or choose many and then start off the new year with those resolutions in mind!

-Stop procrastinating.

-Teach yourself to concentrate better.

-Travel to someplace you've never been.

-Get more sleep.

-Start saving money.

-Reconnect with an old friend.

-Meet new people.

-Perform a random act of kindness at least once a day.

-Learn a new language.

-Learn to paint or draw.

-Start being more creative.

-Stop worrying about what others think.

-Worry less overall.

-Learn one new word per day.

-Become more organized.

-Live in the moment during every moment.

-Learn to cook or bake.

-Stop overthinking.

-Make time to read or write more.

-Believe in yourself.

-Spend less time on social media.

-Become an expert at something.

-Spend more time with people that matter.

-Volunteer more.

-Start being on time instead of always late.

-Face your fears.

New Years is a time to not only start fresh, but to forget the bad moments of the past year. Every year is filled with both memories that you want to always remember and memories that you're trying exceptionally hard to forget. This is the time when you can happily leave the unpleasant memories behind and not only focus on the delightful ones, but look forward to a whole year filled with more of them. New Year's resolutions do not simply have to be about changing the way you look or the way you eat; it's about so much more from within that can lead to greater happiness for you and everyone around you.

Start your New Year's resolutions list as soon as you can. The new year is right around the corner and there is much to look forward to!

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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Doing Nothing All Summer Is Okay Too

It's okay to have no plans this summer.

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Summer seems to roll around faster and faster every year and the question that's always asked is"what are you doing this summer?" Some people love to answer this question, maybe they have a trip planned to backpack across Europe or have a 2-week vacation in the Bahamas. My point is, everyone seems to have these big summer plans. Some people spend the whole summer traveling and are never even home, but there are always gonna be some people who, like me, have absolutely no plans this summer.

Do I wish I was traveling across Europe or spending a few weeks in the Bahamas? Sure. But in reality, my summer plans include working 5 or 6 days a week. I'm not ashamed of this and I wouldn't say I'm jealous of those traveling because I'm still determined to make the best of my summer.

There is so much pressure everywhere on Instagram and Snapchat to post all the fun things you're doing and to capture the moment. This creates the pressure that you always have to be doing something fun or spontaneous.

Summer should be whatever you want it to be. If you want to spend every day at the beach, do it. If you want to spend every day in bed or at home, that's good too. We all have different definitions of fun.

Summer has just started and everyone should make the most of their summer in their own way. My friends and I always make a bucket list of all the things we want to do by the end of the summer. None of it involves traveling or much planning, it's just little things we can do when we get bored.

Don't feel jealous when you see other people traveling this summer. Make your own fun plans, make a bucket list, and make the most of every day this summer.

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