A Year of No Resolutions
Happy New Year!
It's the first month of the year. Months ago, I thought today would be a reflection of New Year's Resolutions that we all set and put out there this time of year. I think about halfway through December, I realized New Year's Day would not be that for me. While the new year is represented by change, a fresh start, and a clean slate - what I've learned from failed resolutions in the past (and relationships) - some things can't be forced.
When you let go, step back, breathe, and carry on - that's when the magic truly happens.
I think that's why I won't be making resolutions this year. I want more of my life to feel fun and nont dictated rigidly by self-imposed deadlines.
The real turning point for me happened November 28th and as of December, I saw myself checking off my goals and looking at the month as an appropriate place to start. I picked up my handy dandy daily "no gym, no excuse" workout routine, eating better-ish, because when you work out, you automatically start reaching for almonds versus Doritos. I paid off some annoying ass personal debts, booked a baecation this month, and rededicated myself to blogging regularly and brainstorming new content ideas.
I'm in pursuit of creating the life I want. I started there.
And I'm building on that momentum here. That's what today will symbolize. I'm still doing the damn thing. I made it. I am thankful. I'm ending the cycle of disappointment that follows unfulfilled New Year's resolutions and am just sticking to what works. For me that looks like, creating habits that stick and impact my life in a positive way and saying "no" to the things that don't. I'm inspired more by approaching all things as my best self.
If you're like me and are not, or have never been, into New Year's resolutions, here are a few things we can rely on in the new year instead:
- Ignore the pressure of having to even have a resolution.
- If you must have something to measure your progress, stick to clear goals. Have 3-5 major goals and small ones leading up to them to keep you motivated.
- Just, do you. I'm still a firm believer that when we do our best, we have the keys to access whatever it is that we want.
- To create change, develop habits. That way your moves evolve to be your lifestyle, and in turn, becomes a part of who you are and who you'll be.
- Unless it's a term paper (or bills), don't place too much emphasis needlessly on time.
At the end of the day, cut yourself some slack. Rome was not built in a day. Neither will Sheriden, and neither will you.
Focus on keeping you happy and the rest will fall into place.
Who do you want to be this year and what steps are you taking to get there?
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