Happy 2018! I hope you all had a great time last night celebrating the new year and popped a little champagne. Of course, all the talk in January centers around new year’s resolutions, so I thought I’d share mine plus some tips to keep your resolutions. I’d love to know what your resolutions are, too! For the past few years I’ve been really praying about some things and God has helped me find victory in these areas. This year, I’m going into the new year with a new perspective, which I think comes with the season of being a post-grad. I think my resolutions for 2018 and beyond reflect this. May your year be full of growth and satisfaction in the Lord!
The quickest way to set yourself up for failure is by setting unrealistic expectations. For example, “I’m going to work out everyday.” Instead, make your resolution to do a mini workout before bed or once you get up. Start out small at the beginning and you can adjust throughout the year as you succeed and improve.
One of my favorite things I’ve ever made is a vision board. Nothing helps bust a creative slump like a ton of images that you connect with. It can be things that inspire you, bring a joyful memory or are just beautiful to look at. If you want to read more books this year, like I do, a lot of creative quotes or images of my favorite books would be good to include. Of course, if you want to get healthier you can include some fitspo and images of delicious-looking healthy food. See my vision board here!
Get rid of the extreme mentality.
Resolutions tend to be all or nothing–very extreme. So when we inevitably fail at our resolutions, we often beat ourselves up and all of it goes out the window. This is not only a bad thing to do with resolutions but life as well. If you fail one homework assignment do you give up on the class altogether? I hope not. That’s not a productive way to live. If you give yourself grace in the failures, it will make how you respond much more productive because you are rid of the negativity that would keep you from continuing. This whole process is about loving yourself more, so make sure you do that!!
I follow a vlogger who has made Saturdays her donut days. She and her husband have donuts for breakfast each Saturday. The rest of the week they are following their health and fitness plan, which is easier to do when they can look forward to Saturday. There’s nothing wrong with throwing in a fun resolution to counteract your heftier ones! I want to get my financial plan implemented more than it is now, so maybe I could make a resolution to set aside money each month to go to Loft or save that money for a larger purchase. Small rewards go a long way. It’s like when you’re on a road trip and you stop to get out of the car and stretch and get a snack. Doing that renews your perseverance of the longer journey ahead of you.
Read more books
Be more bold in many areas of my life
Expand my vocabulary
Become a better listener with God and in general
Implement financial plan
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.