I’m a true believer in setting always intentions for the upcoming year. I’ve always heard that the true secret to finding a resolution that sticks is to start focusing on it long before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, so with that in mind, I wanted to share my intentions for the new year ahead that may offer some ideas about how you want to form your resolutions:
Be Kinder to Yourself
This is something I struggle with endlessly – I’m really hard on myself, and while there are pros there, there are definitely some cons. I realize I need to be easier on myself and not keep up a “perfectionist” mindset. For anyone else dealing with this, see yourself with compassion and acceptance, clearing the way to feeling happier. When you change your thoughts and words, you change your energy. Let’s face it, we have no time for self-judgment. Lift your spirits by saying nice things to yourself and treating your self as you would towards your best friend.
Invest In Your Future
401k, retirement plans, savings – all of these should be at the forefront of your mind when you receive your paycheck. Planning financial goals and following them will only help you. You never know what could happen, and by preparing yourself now will help relieve any financial stress.
On a related note, make sure your actions are setting you up for the life you want to live in the future. It’s always good to have personal/career goals for not only the upcoming year, but five and even 10 years.
Cherish the Ones You Love
Cherish your loved ones, because life is filled with unpredictable moments. You never know when you could lose someone close to you, so love the people you have and understand that at any moment, anything could happen.
Give Others the Benefit of the Doubt
Maybe it’s because I’ve been living in New York for almost five (!) years, but I am definitely a lot less naive to others intentions and am subsequently a little less quick to open up to new people. Despite all of this, make sure to keep your heart open for new friendships and networking opportunities. At the same time, remember: quality over quantity.
And don’t ever stand for someone treating you without the respect you deserve 😉
Learn to Live On Less To Live More
Less clothes. Less purses. Less shoes. More travel. More experiences. More growth.
Spend Time Taking Care of Yourself
From workout plans to health initiatives, make sure you are taking the time to care for your body – it is, after all, the only one you have. Eat more leafy greens. Take up meditation. Relax in that bubble bath (guilt free) with a good book. Lay off the leftover Christmas cookies. Go for walks if you’re feeling stressed, restless or can’t make it to the gym – your mind and body will thank you. Any effort is worth something.
Remind yourself every day of three things that you are grateful for. Simple, yet effective.
Forgive the Past
Forgiveness does not mean you have to erase the past, or forget what has happened. You cannot control everything or everyone. Let go of any anger and pain, and move on to a better place. It may not easy, but you can do it.
What are your resolutions for 2018?