For those of you reading, yes I am aware that today is January 11 and not January 1, so I am a little behind on this whole resolution idea, but hey, better late than never right?
In the spirit of the new year, like everyone else, thoughts about self improvement fill my head. Will this be the year that I finally learn how to code? Get in a consistent work out routine? Stop eating a bowl of Lucky Charms for dinner?
Hopefully this is the year I can eradicate some old, bad habits and form some new, good ones, but all this thinking about resolutions got me thinking on why they are so hard to keep. After all, most new year resolutions fail after the first three weeks.
We have all heard the stories. Our friends swear they are going to lose 15 lbs this year or start regularly going to yoga. After a couple days of intense preparation and countless dollars spent on new gear or a trendy diet plan, your friend is exactly where she started. Three weeks? That’s how long I can go without eating Lucky Charms? If that’s the case, what is the point of even making resolutions?
Of course there are the success stories. For every girl who vowed to lose 15 lbs and failed, there is another girl who lost 30 lbs and became a fitness model on Instagram. My roommate told me a few weeks ago that when she was little she hated her handwriting. She read in a book that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so she forced herself to write neatly everyday for 21 days. Now, she has the best handwriting I have ever seen.
If only we all could have that type of dedication.
I am not here to tell you that I have found the solution to creating resolutions and sticking to them. Clearly, I have some learning to do myself, but what I will do is share some of mine, and hopefully, you all can hold me accountable.
- Post at least once a week on my blog. I have been vowing to do this for awhile now, but (obviously) I have never stuck to it. Welp I guess no turning back now.
- Learn to manage my money. Confession: I am the world’s WORST budgeter. If you need proof, you can ask my father. However, in the spirit of no excuses and *eye roll* adulthood, I am making an attempt to improve in this area. Lucky for me, even the slightest of improvement will be an improvement.
- Learn to code. Another goal that I have been putting off for a long time. The longer I blog the more I realize how valuable this skill is and how much easier my life would be if I knew how to do it. Plus, you can learn it all online FOR FREE.
- Be Healthier. Is it really a list of resolutions if more exercising and eating better aren’t included somewhere? Exactly. Seriously, I wasn’t kidding about the whole Lucky Charms thing. Something tells me that it’s not good for me.
There you have it. I am limiting myself at four, because I know myself all too well. Here’s to a more dedicated 2017!