New Year’s Resolutions I Can Actually Stick To

Chances are you’ve probably made a New Year’s resolution at some point in your life. And chances are you’ve failed at a resolution too, because it was too lofty to actually be within reach. Forget it! Y’all, we’re leaving challenging ourselves in 2017. 2018 is about being honest with yourself about what you can commit to and setting realistic goals, even if they seem too small or easy. By mapping out intentions that are easily attainable, you can set yourself up for success and avoid the shame spiral that comes with failing at a resolution. Here are some things I’m confident I can commit to in 2018!

  • I will drink a cumulative one (1) glass of water every third day.
  • I will do the first four days of a 30-day yoga challenge, then leave an internet tab open to the Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel for the rest of the year.
  • I will listen to my body only when it says it wants tacos, and ignore it when it screams for a vegetable.
  • I will drink enough Red Bull to off a small terrier, despite my Red Bull addiction being essentially like a payment plan where I pay in $4 installments for someone to just kill me.
  • I will get in bed with plenty of time to get a good night’s sleep, but I will lie awake for hours scrolling through Twitter and eating Sour Patch Kids instead of closing my eyes.
  • I will be consistent about my skincare routine: picking at it for two hours every night, falling asleep with makeup on, and crying about how bad my skin is in the morning.
  • Instead of getting dressed immediately after a shower, I will lie on my bed in a towel for 45 minutes watching compilation videos of cats falling off of things.
  • I will be vocal about encouraging body positivity among my female friends and social media contacts but denigrate myself privately for arbitrary imperfections with my appearance.
  • Instead of investing in quality clothing, I will buy fast fashion that falls apart in a matter of weeks and ultimately costs more in the long run.
  • I will rationalize frivolous purchases by telling myself I deserve a treat. These can range from pointless home decor in TJ Maxx (for a home I do not have) to $15 cocktails, the only rule is that they must be totally unnecessary. Anything to avoid putting money into my savings account!
  • Speaking of financial habits, I will use NO organization system for my taxes as a creative freelancer and then call my parents in a panic at 9 pm on April 14th.
  • I will opt for the easy, comfortable choice whenever possible.
  • When I have something important to do, I will put it off by browsing the guest books on strangers’ online obituaries for no apparent reason.
  • I will avoid taking valuable steps to improve my relationships because serious, intimate conversations make me uncomfortable. I will stave them off and become further alienated from friends and family, then wonder why I often feel lonely.
  • I will let the late notice on my credit card bill serve as my first reminder to make a payment.
  • I will put off simple things, like car maintenance, that should not cause stress, and allow the anxiety to snowball and become virtually insurmountable.
  • I will create future problems for myself regarding technology by ignoring persistent notifications to back up my phone and to renew my virus protection.
  • I will remind myself that my peers’ successes are my failures, and allow others’ accomplishments and happiness to totally destroy me.

These are the things I feel confident about committing to in 2018. It feels good to set yourself up for success! What realistic, attainable goals are you setting for yourself this year? Remember, no goal is too small, and you can still celebrate yourself for attaining the totally unremarkable. Go get ’em, y’all!