I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. Phew…man, it felt good to get that off my chest! I don’t know…There is something about them, or rather that term, that just irks me. For instance, why do they have to be at the beginning of the year? And why are they called “resolutions”? This week, I’m taking a lighthearted approach to these burning questions and cluing you in to my own personal goals.
According to the dictionary, the word resolution is defined as the action of solving a problem, dispute, or a contentious matter. However, when you really think about it, are we actually solving anything? Or, is it an ongoing thing? Let’s just say your resolution is to lose twenty pounds this year. You work really hard to change your eating habits and force yourself to go to the gym more than just once a month…and you do it! All of your hard work pays off and you’ve followed through on your resolution, right? Not necessarily. It can all be for naught if you gain it all back. My argument is that word resolution and the connotations we have with it make it sound like a finite thing when it’s usually not. Ok, yes, you technically lost the weight, but it’s the ongoing process of a healthy lifestyle that makes all the difference. Often times, we don’t have a follow up plan to our resolutions or they’re just too big and vague. I think that is what trips us up the most.
In past years, I have written a letter to myself at the beginning of the year. I found it somewhat satisfying to outline my goals and aspirations for the year ahead. I didn’t write one in 2018. I’ve told myself that it’s because I forgot but I think the real reason is that, subconsciously, I didn’t want to let myself down if I failed to reach those goals. It sounds silly considering about one third of people with resolutions fall off the bandwagon by the end of January. Perhaps my brain was actually telling me how weird New Years resolutions are. I understand that a “new year” is often equated with new beginnings, but it’s like we, as a society, are expected to have personal goals ready to go at the beginning of the year. After all, you don’t see fantastic gym membership prices in June like you do in January. Just something to think about.
By now, you’ve probably assumed that I don’t even like the word resolution…and you’re right. I prefer to think about them as small, attainable goals that can be set (and adjusted) at any time of the year. When the bar is set lower, goals don’t seem so insurmountable. Now to the ironic moment of truth–my goals.
- Get a job that I enjoy: I want to move away from working in retail and have already taken steps to do so. As of right now, I’m in the job hunting process and I would love to find a job working for a non-profit.
- Go out more: I’m an introverted and shy person by nature, always have been. I really want to force myself out of my comfort zone (and into more social situations) by joining a class or getting involved with something.
- Stay on top of my health: I mean this one pretty much speaks for itself; I honestly just want to be the best version of myself.
- Grow my blog: I have been blogging for over six months now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I would love to grow my engagement with my readers on all platforms and perhaps purchase my own domain.
Well, there you have it, my not resolutions. In all seriousness though, thank you so much for reading my quirky, crazy, and, at times, Andy Rooney-esque post. What are some of your goals and aspirations? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to follow my blog and social medias, too!