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I love welcoming in a new year. But it's also always kind of sad to let go of the old year in order to welcome in the new. I tend to find myself a little afraid of the change that takes place with a fresh, new year, though, and the whole concept of the "great, daunting unknown" that hovers like a dark cloud over our heads as we plunge neck-deep into a January of the next year of our lives. Sometimes it's overwhelming to realize that January is already here and it's already time to make new resolutions. This year, it all kind of snuck up on me. But I think I've nailed down the general theme of my goals and aspirations for the year to come. Without further ado, my 2018 resolutions:

Love my body. // you know, in the "eat stuff that makes me feel good and do things that make me feel good" kinda way. There's something cool about learning to love your body as it is but also working to make it feel better with each passing day. That's what I want to do. I want to love my body in all phases of life it carries me through. 

Be kind to myself. // I'm really good at being really mean to myself. Taylor is constantly telling me that I need to be gentler with my thoughts about myself, more generous with compliments about myself, and more positive in the way I view myself. So I'm gonna work on that too. Maybe I'll start it all off by writing one thing I like about myself in my journal at the end of the day. Maybe it will evolve from that.... maybe not.

Kick negativity to the curb. // This last year has been kind of a doozy (I don't even know if I spelled that word correctly... or if it's even a word at all....?). That being said, I've learned one really big, really important lesson: if something affects your life in a negative way, let it go. Get rid of it. See ya later, negative thing. Whether it's a person, place, thing, job-- WHATEVER--  I've decided that this year I'm not going to allow negativity to poison the happy and positive aspects of my life. Ain't nobody got time to be negative-- time to focus on the positive! I'm going to strive to eliminate those things in my life that grant negativity access into my life.

Read more. // I actually did a pretty good job at reading lots of different books this past year. But I didn't read as much as I wanted to. SO, this year I'm making a goal to read AT LEAST two books a month. That way I have a minimum amount to make sure I stay above!

Document life more (and in more unique ways). // I do a pretty good job at documenting life. But I don't do a fantastic job at documenting life. I write in my journal often enough, take photographs often enough... but I want to be better. And I want to incorporate videos more into the way I document life. So yeah, there's that.

Write a blog post at least once a week. // I've been okay at blogging. Not great, but better than I used to be. And it's been such a good release for me. So I'm now making a goal to post at least once a week! Wish me luck on this one....

And last but not least, I've decided to set a goal to pick a new little "theme" to work on specifically with each month of the year. Maybe I should include it in my goals to write about what I did to accomplish my specific goal for the month at the end of each month? That would be kind of a fun way to keep myself accountable for these goals! 

January- be present.
February- go out of your way to love.
March- pick up a new hobby.
April- write a short story for grandpa.
May- implement your own version of a minimalist lifestyle.
June- find unique ways to serve.
July- the month of Taylor Dale.
August- research the lives of those you most respect.
September- celebrate Autumn in some way every single day.
October- the month of Billie Rose.
November- the search for the best movie (Taylor's suggestion)
December- Christ-centered Christmas

What are your new year resolutions?


1 comment

  1. I love the theme for each month! So much easier than trying to tackle something for a full year!


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