At the beginning of every year, I make a list of (somewhat) reasonable resolutions or goals that I hope to accomplish throughout the 365 days I have. This year, instead of listing actual tasks, I decided to list qualities or aspects of my life that I hope to strengthen in order to be the best I can be. So, in honor of 2017, here are 17 qualities I'd love to have.
This will be the year that I won't be considered "too nice." I vow to fight for what I want to do, or even what I don't want to do. I'm my own individual person with my own unique thoughts which others can respect.
This will be the year that I step out of my comfort zone completely, whether it be through a fun hair color or different makeup technique. Creativity makes life less mundane and more exciting, and I want to step away from the norm of routine each day.
Linked to creativity, I don't want to over-analyze each decision before I make it. If I want to travel somewhere new, I want to book that flight. If I want to try a new class over the summer, I want to instantly enroll. You never know until you try.
As humans, we tend to think of ourselves first, and often disregard what others may be experiencing. This year, I want to put myself in others' shoes when I can in order to best understand how they may be feeling or acting, and how I can help.
Being busy 99.9% of my time, my religion typically takes a backseat to the rest of my life. 2017 will be the year for me to make sure faith is a part of my life, whether it be a simple prayer in the morning or mass each weekend.
As an adult, I have started to form my own thoughts and opinions on different topics in our society. This will be the year I advocate and spread the word about what I believe. Chances are, I will find others who share what I think as well.
I am someone who holds grudges. I can't help it. But, this year, I want to make sure I can forgive others who have made an honest mistake and are apologetic for it.
I want to continue to put others before myself when I can. This year, I will be returning to Tijuana, Mexico, for a week of volunteering, but I also want to incorporate additional, larger acts of service in my life.
I want 2017 to be the year I laugh often, so hard tears stream down my face and destroy my makeup. Multiple times.
As a college student (who is graduating in a year; omg!) this quality is so important to my functioning. I vow to keep everything color-coded and alphabetically organized in 2017. Because who would I be if I didn't.
This characteristic can often seen as cliche, but I want to keep spreading kindness not only around my college community, but to someone I meet each day. Who knows, my simple smile or wave might brighten their otherwise bad day.
Being in a variety of organizations on my campus has taught my the value of being dedicated to a group. Throughout 2017, I want to give my all for every one of these clubs, making sure I put my best foot forward for each.
Humans aren't perfect, so I know I will mess up at some point along the next week, day, or even hour. However, despite this, I want to keep trying and striving to be the best version of myself.
As a person who can be extremely extroverted at times, I want to also lend a listening ear throughout 2017. Sometimes, it may be best to sit back and hear what others think or believe.
2017 will be the year I make the decision about my future after undergraduate education. While this decision is important, I also hope to remember that feeling unsure and uncertain about which path to take is okay.
My friends and family make up the backbone of who I am. This year, I desire to meet others who will bring out the best in me, as well as rekindle those friendships that may have been lost along the way.
Love is a feature linked to my faith, my friendships, and even my perseverance. I want 2017 to be the year I love those around me faithfully and without fear. Love everyone as how you want to be loved.