New Year Improvements

New Year, New You. New Years Resolutions. New Year, I’m going to stay the same asshole I’ve always been. Whatever you want to call it, that’s what this post is about.

We’re on day 3 of 2016 and it kind of feels the same as day 3 after your birthday. You feel the same but you’re a year older. Or in this case, we’ve entered a new year. Everyone is always like [after your birthday], do you feel “whatever age you are?” No, not really. Pretty soon, you still feel like you’re 20 years old but wake up and realize you’re 26. Where did the time go?

Where did 2015 go? And 2014? 2013? The New Year flies by just as quickly as our birthdays, anniversaries, memories. Days are the jet airplanes of life.

Every year I write some kind of New Years post and every year I look back at my year prior and reflect on ‘how I did.’ Surprise! New Years resolutions fall to the weigh side about as quickly as Valentine’s Day candy hits the shelves. This year, I decided to do something a little different. I’ve been seeing all these articles the last few weeks about what to leave in 20-15 and must-haves for the new year. I took some tips from them, along with my own running list of improvements for the next 363 days..this is what I came up with.

Stop holding grudges: Yep, I’m that girl. For some reason, it’s so hard for me to “get over it” as some would say.

Commit to less negative talk and self-criticisms: This is probably the hardest improvement I haven’t yet accepted. Channing and my mom are my sounding boards. I complain and over-analyze about things that I really don’t need to waste my energy on. In order for this to work, I will need to distance myself from people that drain me more then energize me.

Make time for hobbies instead of TV: There are so many things that I love to do but day after day they get pushed aside because I’m too lazy to get off my ass. This is the year for me to explore photography, writing, graphic design, and so many other things.

Travel More: This one needs no explanation. I’m going to get my butt out of Minn-Dak and see more of the country then I’ve ever seen. Watch me.

Practice generosity: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a horrible tipper and rarely donate to anything. My expectations are often too high when it comes to people and the human race in general. This year, I want to pay it forward and try to understand situations that are out of my control.

Get healthy, not lose weight: I’ve never been thin or fit for that matter. I really can’t give myself an unrealistic number to strive towards. I want to be able to do things that I literally cannot do because of my size and I finally have a support system in my life that will help push me in the direction of my health and fitness goals.

Stop worrying about the future: A few posts ago, I talked about letting go of the past. This goes for the future too. I’m always going to be a planner but I need to focus more on the present instead of the future children, house, family, life that I wish for. I need to find myself in the present before my future is even a possibility.

Well, that’s about it. Basically, I’m going to continue being me. I haven’t set any unrealistic goals for myself. I’ve made mental note of some things I need to work on as a person and have finally decided to do things that make me happy in life. I’m not going to deal with things or people that bring me down. I’m over pleasing people instead of myself. I’m going to focus on those I love and be the best version of me that I can — sarcasm and all.  What are your goals or improvements for the year to come?

Some ideas and content were re-used from Buzzfeed and Inc.com. Respective articles found here: 23 Things To Do To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016 and 25 Things You Need To Let Go Before The New Year.

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