Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Years Resolutions

Hello beautiful people! Because today is January 1st of a brand new year, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you the resolutions I've made. There's been psychological studies suggesting that the sheer act of telling other people these resolutions diminishes one's chances of actually achieving what they set out to do. Something about your brain feeling accomplished just by getting recognition of these goals from others and some other scientific mumbo-jumbo, but WHATEVER. I'm going to tell you anyway, because I'm above science. I watched a video two women made on this exact topic the other day, and they split their goals in categories, which I think was a good idea that I will now copy.

1) Family and Friend Goals
-Be more easygoing. I find I often get very uptight when it comes to planning to hang out with friends or family and can to be less than flexible when it comes to being spontaneous or doing things differently than planned. It ends up causing me unnecessary stress.
-Check in with my family more often. Since I've moved away to college I don't talk to my parents every day, and sometimes I get too involved in my own life that I forget to say hello. This also goes for my extended family, especially my grandparents, who I really should call more often.
-Be more patient with the people in my life and accept others' flaws with less reservation.
-Try my best to be less jealous. I tend to feel very hurt or over-emotional when I don't get invited places or learn I was not included in things, which again only causes me unnecessary stress.

2) Spiritual Goals
-Try to find my own comfort zone with religion. I want to figure out exactly what I believe and how important these beliefs are in my guiding actions.

3) Health Goals
-Go to the gym at school 4-5 times per week. I did that last semester and I want to keep it up.
-Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day and cut out soda entirely. Actually pretty much cut out all sugary or fattening drinks other than coffee. But we'll see how that goes.
-Rediscover my passion for fitness and healthy eating. I go in and out of healthy living phases, and for most of the last year I was definitely out of it.

4) Work and School Goals
-Get on the Dean's List at least once. That means either this upcoming Spring semester or the Fall semester of next year. Preferably both, but let's not get unrealistic here.
-Do 100% of the required reading for my English classes.
-Find a job at school and line up a good paying job for the summer.

5) Mental Health/Misc. Lifestyle Goals
-Keep up with my "Good Things" journal every day. (if that's confusing see my last post)
-Read 50 books in 2014 and record them on this blog (in the sidebar). These can be both books for school and for pleasure.
-Blog at least 4 times a week :)

Let me know what you vow to do this year in the comments below and I'll talk to you soon!

Lauren

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