*Warning, sappy post ahead*
We have finally reached the eve of 2017, and I couldn’t be more excited! The prospect of a fresh start, new beginnings, closed chapters, and awaited adventures. Maybe you’re happy to leave 2017 in the rearview mirror, or maybe you wish it could only last a bit longer.
I reached many important milestones in 2017, namely starting this fashion blog only 6 short months ago. It stuns me how much growth I’ve experienced since taking on this small piece of my life, and I cherish each lesson I’ve learned so far. However, blog aside, I’d like to share with you all 5 of my resolutions for this new, best year.
1. Go “all in” with my spiritual relationship.
First and foremost, I cherish my relationship with Jesus above all else. He is my best friend, my Savior, my redeemer, and my rock. But even a spiritual relationship, like earthly ones, requires a lot of work and effort. In 2018, my goal is to fervently seek Jesus like I never have before. I often find that the most difficult valleys I go through are often the times when I don’t feel “synced up” with Jesus—when I’m not talking with Him and praising His magnificent name. 2017 has taught me that in every celebration and every mourning, Jesus is present and He deserves all of the exhalation. In this new year, I’m believing in God to work deeply in my heart and fulfill His purpose for me, just as He will for everyone!
2. Find the joy in everything.
Positivity is a big thing for me. Like, a really big thing. Negative people suck the color out of life, let’s be honest. However, cynicism sometimes comes easy. Judgement makes us feel better about ourselves. And it’s often easier to point out how crappy things seem than find the positive elements that are there. But just as negative natures are as contagious as a common cold, so is a joyful demeanor! I’ve been cited as, and I quote “a ridiculously outgoing person” before, and I think that’s fairly accurate. I believe myself to be a positive person, but I can easily become sucked into a sulking, negative person if I’m around sour attitudes. So for 2018 I want to be the joy that is not easily extinguished! A joyful heart produces a joyful character, which breathes life into an individual who is equipped to go out into the world and love people. Because people today so desperately need to be loved, don’t they? It all begins with joy.
3. Keep my mind and body healthy.
I know this is the stereotypical resolution—exercise more and eat better. It’s also the resolution that fails the fastest. Isn’t it easy to talk ourselves out of something that causes us discomfort or doesn’t allow us to indulge in what we’ve always done? The reason this resolution is so important is the triumph felt when we actually resolve it! When we hit the gym two weeks straight and realize that we feel amazing. Or when we cut back on the sugar, get over the withdrawal phase, and find we have so much more energy than before. As the nation pushes for more organic options, more vegan options, and better and more creative ways to workout, I think this is the perfect time to take advantage of the health conscious era we are finding ourselves in! A healthier body gives way to a healthier mind, and 2017 has taught me the importance of placing an emphasis on keeping your mind at peace and performing at its optimal level. 2018 for me will consist of more creative workouts, cooking at home more, and taking advantage of being outside, being present, and being mindful of my body’s state.
4. Celebrate the small wins.
I’ve been thinking of this resolution for some time now. I am an extremely self critical individual, and it’s easy for me to become fixated on one flaw, one problem, one obstacle in the road. Recently, I began celebrating some small wins throughout the day:
- Sleeping in for 10 more minutes
- Sitting in my living room with all 8 of my candles lit at once
- Leaving the house without mascara on my eyelids
- Calling my mother back at a reasonable time
- Getting all the green lights in a row when I’m running late
These may seem insignicant and dull, but isn’t that the point? We live in a world where instant gratification and the flawless life are mainstream and sought after. We set ourselves up for expectations in our daily lives that we can never reach. Life is not about perfection. The big wins come around rarely—they are worth the most celebration. But the small wins are just as important to keep us humble and grateful. In 2018 I can’t wait to seek out the small wins and really celebrate them—celebrate myself.
5. Be intentional with my time.
You’re looking at the worlds biggest procrastinator. Last minute is the name of my game. I enjoy ignorantly writing off my inability to start and finish tasks early as “working best under pressure”. Anybody else? It’s a funny quip, but my reality is that it’s my biggest flaw. However, it’s also such an exciting opportunity for me to work on an area that I don’t excel in. And if there’s anything I love, it’s a challenge! Aside from procrastination, I find myself using my busy day schedule as an excuse to come home from work or school and veg out on the couch at night—not really doing anything productive. 2018 will be even busier and crazier than ‘17. The world doesn’t stand still for us to catch up with it. This year taught me that planners are a life raft for those (ahem, me) hopelessly drowning in a sea of overcrammed schedules. I learned that time management is an absolute necessity in any aspect of life—professional, relational, and educational.
If I have any closing thoughts, only one stands out among the rest—how unbelievably blessed I’ve been this year. Nothing extraordinary happened to me. I didn’t graduate, I didn’t get promoted, I didn’t get engaged/married/have a child. I didn’t land my dream job, I didn’t set out on a life-changing adventure around the world. In fact, in spite of all those things not happening to me, it was an amazing year because I go to see those things happen to so many people that I care about.
I know that every single one of those things will happen to me in good time. I was blessed by this year because I merely saw another year. I was gifted another 365 days to make a difference in someone’s life. To love people as I have been loved. To embark on this dream that sparks from a passion that God placed on my heart. That is precisely the reason why 2018 will be just as much of a blessing.
Thank you for all those who care about what I wear, and what I have to say. I wish the most joyful, prosperous, blessed year to each and every one of you!
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