30 Small Resolutions To Help You Become Your Best 'You' In 2018

30 Small Resolutions To Help You Become Your Best 'You' In 2018

We cannot expect ourselves to be able to change overnight.
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It's a little more than a week into the new year, which means that the resolutions are flowing. If you're anything like me, my resolutions get old fast and barely last until the end of the month.

While making the following list, I kept in mind Mother Teresa's quote, "Do small things with great love." Instead of trying to totally change immediately in 2018, I am going to try to do little things over the course of a day, week, month or even the whole year.

I think that it is important for people to remember what Mother Theresa said. Remember that change takes time and work. It won't happen overnight and we cannot expect ourselves to be able to change overnight.

It is also important to remember that just because a change or action is small, it does not mean that it has any less of an effect on our lives or the lives of another.

1. Smile more

2. Say hello to someone you wouldn’t normally

3. Let people know that you love them

4. Hold the door

5. Take more walks

6. Start a savings jar

7. Read more

8. Volunteer

9. Hug more

10. Learn a new skill

11. Keep your phone off for a few hours a day

12. Start a daily devotion

13. Sit up straighter

14. Meet a new person each day

15. Start a conversation with a new person every day that you wouldn’t normally

16. Laugh more

17. Organize something different each month

18. Take the stairs

19. Watch the movies you’ve wanted to see

20. Learn a new joke each day

21. Stretch more

22. Talk more and text less

23. Try one new food each month

24. Journal

25. Take a cooking class

26. Start saving money for a trip

27. Say more prayers of thanks instead or prayers of need

28. Play a new game

29. Plan a family game night or dinner

30. Revamp study skills

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

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Part 1: Necessary Changes

One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.

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I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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