So that whole New Year’s Resolution thing. I’ve been thinking about them a lot this past week and just what a love-or-hate concept they are. Since New Year’s Eve, I’ve seen a whole bunch of people setting goals for 2016, and a whole bunch of other people hating on setting goals for 2016.
And to that, I say YOU DO YOU! Maybe your best friend finds resolutions cheesy, but you know they have a way of driving you. Or maybe your mom rocks New Year’s goals like nobody’s business, but they tend to set you up for failure. Since you are not your best friend OR your mom, I think there is no shame in figuring out what works for you and running with it!
As for me, I would say I lie somewhere in the middle. I don’t think I thrive under specific objectives like “eat 6 servings of vegetables per day” or “run x number of miles each week”. That’s just too much pressure for this girl. But I do really appreciate the way the New Year makes me take a second to reflect on what is going well and what could use a bit of shifting.
I think my FIRST goal this year is to do my best to maintain that mindset of reflection all year long. It is so easy to get stuck in our ways, even when they may not be the best for us; and what a sad thought that is. But aside from that, some other things have been popping into my head this week and I thought I’d share a few.
Josh and I on New Year’s Eve
1. Improve My Photography
I think my food pictures have come a long way since starting the blog and I hope that trend continues. But alongside the food, I want to start taking more pictures of other things too. It often doesn’t occur to me to simply snap away at the things around me but I really enjoy it when I do.
2. Spend More Time on Flexibility
In theory I 100% believe that stretching is a vital part of the working out puzzle but I am the WORST at doing it consistently. And it’s finally occurring to me that I am the only one who can actually make it happen. So I’ll be seeing you around, yoga mat.
3. Use Less Paper Towel
This is super random but I’m pretty sure I use double the amount of paper towel that most humans do. Bet you $10 Josh is nodding his head so hard right now. I find myself reaching for it all the time and I’d really like to cut back. Reaching for a cloth to clean spills and letting my produce drip-dry is totally no big deal, just a matter of changing my habits a bit.
4. Be a Bit More Proactive With Studying
This semester is looking like it could be on the crazy side. And I have a knack for going to class but not reviewing the content and then realizing that I have five classes worth of material to learn a week before finals. So in the next few months I am determined to set aside a bit of time each week (even daily when possible) to go over the new stuff and make it my you-know-what.
5. Read and Listen in French
I’m trying to become really comfortable in French and am SO lucky that my roommate is francophone and lets me practice on her all the time. But in addition to that, I want to try to start reading and listening to French more. I’m thinking the news would be a good place to start on both fronts.
I hope that 2016 has been treating you well thus far and here’s to a year of mindfulness and memory-making.
What are your thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions?!
Hope you have a great weekend!