Happy New Year, y'all! I hope that everyone had a great weekend and is fully recovered from all of the NYE festivities! I had my infusion Friday and picked up a cold and a stomach bug while I was there, so I'm thankful for another day off from work to recover! (Confession - I didn't realize I had today off, so I went into work, waited for an hour, and then left when no one came in! What a way to start out my year. Haha!)
In the past, I've set very specific resolutions with plans on how I was going to accomplish them, and I was decently successful with last year's resolutions. However, this year, I want to switch it up a bit. Instead of setting a bunch of resolutions, I'm going with a word - intentional. I want to be more intentional in the decisions that I make each day, and from that I expect that my habits will change.
the content that I share // I really want to continue being realistic and authentic, and I hope to share more posts of substance and more helpful content.
the people I surround myself with // I'm going to be really honest with y'all - I do not like negative energy. I probably sound extremely superstitious, but I think negative energy and bad vibes are contagious. And I've started to realize that there are a lot of people in my life who could be having the best day ever and still manage to find something to complain about. In 2017, I hope to remove some of this negative energy from my life. I know it's going to flat out suck and be very difficult, but I keep reminding myself that an important part of growth is letting go of things that hold you back.
my spending habits // I am a strong proponent of living within your means and practical spending. My goal for this year is to do a little more saving by cutting out so much money spent on eating out.
the way I spend my time // I'm a pretty on-the-go person, so I often feel guilty for taking time to stop and just chill out. In the back of my mind, I'm always thinking about how I should be writing a blog post or doing research. I really want to give myself more time to read, write, and create this year. Toward the end of 2016, I really started practicing my 'no', and I hope to continue being selective with how I spend my time in 2017.
my relationship with Christ // I plan to go through RCIA this year. (In layman's terms, I am planning to convert to Catholicism.) I really wanted to go through the process last year, but it wasn't feasible due to some unexpected things happening in my life. In all honesty, I'm glad that I waited a year because I am even more committed to my decision.
the organizations that I devote myself to // It's no secret that I love volunteering in my community. Yet again, I find myself overcommitted because I genuinely want to make the world a better place. In 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting in board meetings where people's eyes lit up while they basically word vomited about their passions; y'all, those are the organizations that I want to be part of.
the way that I treat my body // Just like 95% of the population, I want to eat healthier and get into better shape this year. But I also want to remember to be nice to my body. The extra weight that I gained in 2016 isn't going to kill me, and neither is having a Pal's cheeseburger once a week.
relationships and interactions with others // I hold myself to very high standards, and at times I catch myself holding others to the same standards, which is totally unfair. In 2017, I hope to be more intentional about giving grace to others.
I want to hear from you - what are your New Year's Resolutions?