How to Make a New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time when I start to reflect on how my year went, and what I want to do in 2019. Yup… resolution season. I have such a love/hate relationship with that word. I hate it because we rarely stick to them. We have this idea in our minds that because it’s a “resolution” means that we’re definitely going to make it happen. I know I’m the biggest offender of this. I set goals about staying healthy and being productive, only to fall flat on my face by the time February rolls around.

In fact, I always love how on January 1st, the gym is packed. Then a few days later, it’s pretty empty. It’s pretty funny, actually.

There’s a few things I have learned about resolutions. One is to never say, “I’m going to work out more.” Well, of course, you fell through on that promise, because that statement is so vague! Ask yourself what you actually mean by that. Give yourself concrete goals, whether it’s waking up 3 times a week at 5:00 am to work out before going to work, or jumping rope every day for 3 minutes straight. You can even make a chart for yourself to track your progress and maybe work towards some type of (small) reward.

Another tip is to set realistic goals for yourself. I’m not saying that you cannot “reach for the stars” so to speak. I’m a big believer in chasing after your dreams. But instead of saying that you’re going to cut your carbs out totally, maybe devise a plan where a week every month, you’re going to do a detox in your body. And then changing your resolution up and maybe make it bigger if you feel you can handle it.

Third, don’t beat yourself up over not making your goals. If it’s April and you haven’t done XYZ, maybe re-evaluate them, see what is working and what isn’t, and then start again.

My fourth piece of advice is to set a timeline for bigger goals. Chop it into smaller goals and complete each within a reasonable time frame. 🙂

With that said, here are my goals for 2019:

Spiritual: Pray the rosary everyday. I’m supposed to do so anyway because I am enrolled and wear the Brown Scapular. But I have been awful about praying it daily. I practice other devotions, but if I can only accomplish one, it will be that.

Physical: As much as I would love to commit to working out 5 days per week, I know that it probably won’t happen. So while I will still try to go as much as possible, I am committing to a 1-minute plank every day.

Health (Food): I love junk food. I love sweets. That’s never going to change when it comes to me. I know I cannot deprive myself of cookies and red velvet cake. I will cry. But what I can do is to come up with a few dishes to eat every week. So on Saturday or Sunday, I will scroll through the healthy food board on my Pinterest, and commit to making a healthy breakfast or lunch a few times per week. My mom handles dinner, and we eat pretty healthy when it comes to that.

Personal: I can’t stress enough how important self care is. I write whenever I have the energy to do so, plus I have this blog, so I’m not going to make daily journaling a commitment. However, I do want to read more, so I am going to read a minimum of one book per month.

Blogging: How can I forget to add the blog to this list? I’m still considered a new blogger and with that, I give myself a LOT of grace when it comes to making mistakes on how I run this thing. I have figured out that it’s best to blog when I am in the mood to (unless I am doing a collaboration or a sponsored post. That I have to get done.) I still plan to blog a couple times per week, but I’m not sticking onto my topic schedule so much.  However, I am going to make it a year of GOOD photos. Now, I’m not saying that each one will be perfectly staged, and actually, if I am aiming to be more authentic, I shouldn’t stage them so much. People want what is REAL.

What are your goals for the new year? Let me know below!




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