I have always loved New Year’s resolutions. Even when I was little, I would make them each year. Like always, last year I made a few and there were some accomplishments and some failures. To talk about one side with out the other does not seem to be fair, but I decided that after talking about them I would come up with a guide on how to succeed for all my resolutions in the following years.
So, for the accomplishments, I would say the biggest one was my resolution to cultivate friendships. I had some amazing friends that I felt like I was not putting enough effort into and then I also wanted to make new friends as well. I decided to put myself out there and really commit to this. I decided to start texting and calling friends more and making an effort to remember special things to them. I realized friends do not need fancy gifts to know that they are loved, calling and having a dinner date or sending a funny text will do the trick. Making new friends was also part of the resolution, so started by trying to meet the neighbors and taking our dog for walks. I installed the app my neighborhood uses to communicate to meet local neighbors and attend events. I also installed the Meet Up app to met locals that have similar interests and went to a few different events, one with Nerdy ladies for cocktails. While this resolution will never be over, I can definitely see an increase in friends and the quality in which I treat them. At the end of the day, its all about effort and working for what you find important.
My other accomplishment is about hobbies. I have always had a couple of them but I wanted to try new things and increase my skill level for the ones I already have. While I tried quite a few, the ones that stuck are: my blog, reading more, art, baking, and photography. I love all of these hobbies and I practice them on a regular basic. I think the big thing on this one was being willing to fail. I knew going into it that I was not going to be good at, or enjoy, everything that I tried. Allowing myself to know this a put no pressure on myself while trying something really helped me cultivate these hobbies. And yes, I have been baking for a while now, this year I really branched out into some areas and have enjoyed learning new things.
So, now to the failure. Weight Loss. This goal had a number attached to it, but no clear path on how to get there, which is why I decided to make this guide in the first place. While we do use a scale to determine our weight, weight loss is a result of getting heathy, not the only factor to consider. So this year the goal has changed and I have decided that this resolution is important and is going to receive my dedicate and effort.
That being said here is my list for 2016. I am going to spend the next couple of weeks talking about them more extensively, but here is what I have.