I know that some people have really negative views on New Year's Resolutions, but I am not one of those people. There's something about a new year that fills me with a fresh motivation to better myself. I've set ten goals for myself, and I'm excited to work on creating new habits to help me reach these goals!
Embrace what makes me happy. I plan to elaborate on this in a future post, but I really hope to embrace more of what makes me happy and less of what society expects me to be this year.
Exercise more frequently. Starting a new job with a commute of 30 minutes each way really messed with my exercise schedule. I hope to be a little more creative this year - try new exercise classes, take more adult ballet classes, take Francis for more long walks, and find online workout videos that I enjoy. I loaded up on exercise gear this Christmas, so I hope to put it to good use!
Wear heels more frequently. I walk with much more confidence when I wear heels or heeled booties. I hope to purchase a pair of nude pumps or wedges in the next few months, and maybe even a fun pair of heels!
Drink more water. Drinking more water has about a million benefits, and I want to cash in on all of them. Since taking my new job, I've been drinking lots of caffeine, which is not only horrible for my body, but has been staining my teeth. I'll be hydrated and happy, and my skin will be prettier. To make this a reality, I plan on keeping sliced fruit in the fridge at work and home so I'll be more likely to reach for infused water than tea, soda, or coffee.
Focus on natural, low maintenance beauty. I really want to make my beauty routine as low maintenance as possible. I know that taking better care of my body and having healthier eating habits will help with this. I'm so excited because I have a hair consultation on Monday to decide on a low-maintenance hairstyle and color!
Cook more frequently. I spent way too much money on takeout in 2015. For the past six weeks, my boyfriend and I have been working on cooking more and trying new foods and recipes. I don't love cooking, but I do love the money it saves and the time that it allows me to spend with my boyfriend.
Be early for work every day. The first day of my new job was a board meeting, and my boss asked me to be at work 30 minutes early for that specific day so that I could observe how we prepare. I got into a really good routine of being at least 15 minutes early every day. I have since fallen out of the habit, and I hope to reinstate it at the beginning of the new year. My day is so much easier when I get to work early and settle in at my desk before business starts happening at 8 am.
Be more involved in mentoring, both as a mentor and with my mentee. My mentor is awesome. I can be having the worst day, but after a meeting with him, I have more direction, and I feel like I could take on the world. I have been really fortunate to mentor some of the younger women in my sorority, and I'm very passionate about it. I have been very blessed to have strong, successful women pour into me and my success, and I hope to do more of that this year.
Focus on progress over pageviews. I pour a lot of time and effort into my blog, and it's so easy for me to get sucked into focusing on the number of pageviews I'm receiving (or not receiving.) Earlier this week, I had a serious conversation with my boyfriend about shutting down my blog if it doesn't hit certain milestones by the end of 2016. He was quick to remind me of how far I've come, what my blog used to look like, and how excited I get anytime I get an email saying that my blog has touched someone or asking for advice. So this year, I plan to focus on how far I've come and going even farther, and putting less emphasis on pageviews. I still plan on treating my blog like a business, but I hope to focus more on the rewarding parts of the process and less on the stress.
Feature small business owners and female entrepreneurs on my blog. Before I started working in Economic Development, I worked in Small Business Development. I went from knowing very little about it to having a burning passion for it. I really hope to use the expertise that I have gained to promote more small business owners and female entrepreneurs on my blog! If you're interested in working together, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can chat :)
What are your 2016 New Year's Resolutions?
(PS - I'm so excited to be part of the #NewYearNewGirl link-up, hosted by Lilly & Lemons! I encourage you to link your resolutions up there, as well!)