New Year’s for me

It’s a finally a shiny, brand new year.Posted Jan. 7, 2014


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It’s a finally a shiny, brand new year. A lot of people are on their social media sites posting things like “This is MY year,” or “New year, New me.” It seems like everyone is making these grand resolutions that seem nearly impossible for anyone to achieve in just a year’s time. I suppose as long as you make strides toward your goal, that works too. At least you’re still working toward it. However, this has never worked for me.

I used to make big, cliché resolutions that seemed more like dreams and wishful thinking than something I could actually accomplish. I wanted this year to be different. I didn’t want to set myself up for failure before I even started.

For those of you who don’t really know me, I’m pretty young. At 21-years-old, I don’t really have any big resolutions. I have smaller things that will make all the difference in the world to who I am and who I would like to be when I grow up.

So, without further adieu, here is my list of realistic resolutions:


Read more books


There is a list floating around the internet that’s titled, “65 books to read in your twenties.” My goal for the year is to read all of them that appeal to me.

I’m not going to say that I’ll read them all, because I probably won’t. This year, I refuse to waste my time on books that don’t call to me. I don’t want to spend days of my life reading things that don’t mean anything to me. However, I do promise to be open-minded and give these books a chance.

The reason I would like to set this goal for myself is to pull myself away from the computer and the phone. Often times when I’m bored, I’ll instantly open the computer and find something to do. The goal here is to pick up a book rather than the laptop.


Change things I don’t like


It seems like, in life, things form a routine and you get in the habit of doing certain things everyday in a certain way. This is great. It’s probably a good thing to have a routine of waking up and brushing your teeth and getting ready for the day. However, it’s just as easy to get pulled into a routine, or habit, that you don’t really like.

I’m going to speak to myself when I say this next line, but if you feel the same way I do, by all means, let it go to your heart.


That’s it. There isn’t any reason to keep doing things that aren’t making you happy. Whether it’s biting your nails or working a job you hate, stop thinking that you HAVE to do this. Obviously, do so with intelligence and plan it out. Don’t act on impulse and end up in a horrifying situation. Be smart about this one but for the love of life and all it has to offer, take steps to make your life everything you’ve dreamt it would be since you were 7-years-old.

I’ve decided that, to me, this is going to be an ongoing resolution. I’m going to focus on one little thing I know I can change and as soon as I do, I’ll feel a million times better. Then, I’ll move on to another little thing I don’t like and change it so that I do.

First up on the list? Sleep habits. I hate not going to bed until 3 a.m. and not being able to pull myself out of bed until 9 or 10 in the morning. Waking up doesn’t make me happy in the first place (I have and will never be a morning person) but I know it’s is something everyone simply has to do. I am confident, however, that if I went to bed earlier, I would be able to start the dreaded mornings earlier, get them done and over with so I can focus more on things that do make me happy and focus less on how much I hate wasting half a day in bed.


Get a clean start


This means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It can be as drastic as moving to a new place or as simple as throwing away your stock of socks and underwear and buying all new ones. The latter sounds really silly, but apparently it really helps? Maybe it’s worth a try. Either way, you’re going to feel like a new, improved person.

There are a couple different things that I feel getting a clean start on would change my life for the better and hopefully form good habits within myself.

Cleanses are all the rage right now. It seems like you can’t read anything on Pinterest anymore without mention of some sort of cleanse. I read somewhere about a financial cleanse. Essentially, you don’t spend any money other than the essentials for a month. Before going into this cleanse, buy up your groceries and other things you need and pay as many bills as you can afford to for the next month. Then, after the cleanse starts, only pay for what you absolutely have to. By the end of the month, you’ll have enough in your bank account to create a good budget. Provided there’s no emergency or unexpected large purchase, you’ll have enough money to not have to live paycheck to paycheck.

As an avid online shopper, I know I spend way too much money on things that I don’t necessarily need. I hope that this will help get me back on track after going a little spend happy during the holiday sales.

There you have it, three of my realistic resolutions. Hopefully, since these are all things I really want to do that will also help improve my life, I’ll be able to stick with them.