I know I’m a little behind in terms of resolution posts, but early January has been a crazy time. I also wanted to take the chance and reflect a little bit on exactly what I want this year to be for me. Along with the standard resolutions—eat healthier, workout more, etc.—I really wanted to take some quiet time for myself and examine personal, work and blogging goals for the new year.
1. Be more present
In this day and age, where social media is so ever-present and involved in everything, it’s very easy to live for the ‘gram instead of just enjoying the moment. Though I love Instagram and Facebook and other social media and use it often to promote this blog, this year I want to try and disconnect a little more, be less reliant on my phone for everything (LITERALLY everything) and just enjoy the people I’m with and the places I’m in while it’s happening.
2. Don’t waste energy on things I can’t change
This one is big for me—anyone who knows me knows that I’m a major worrier. I play out a million different scenarios in my head of a million different things that could happen and, more often than not, it’s something I completely don’t expect that comes to fruition. I’ve spent many sleepless nights, hours commuting on the subway, and stress-filled hours in front of my computer wondering “Well maybe if I do this [blank] will happen. Or what about this? Or this?” In 2017 I really want to try and live for the now and devote less energy and thought to what the future may hold. After all, I’ll find out eventually anyway.
3. Try to do only what makes me happy
One of my coworkers has a kind of saying or motto that has recently really begun to resonate with me—”You’re trading a day of your life for what you’re doing today. Is it worth it?” While I realize that some parts of life involve doing things you don’t want to or aren’t passionate about, I want to dry and whittle away at that list of things as much as possible and make sure that every day of my life I’m trading in involves doing at least one thing that I love.
4. Above all, be thoughtful and be kind
In New York, people can be mean. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of ignoring people, brushing past them and keeping your blinders on. And in stressful times, lonely times, or even if you’re just having a bad day, it can be easy to take it out on people around you. I—and I think everyone—am guilty of doing this every now and then. For 2017, I want to consciously put more effort into always being as kind as possible. (Not all New Yorkers deserve a bad wrap!).