New Year, New Me

2016 is shaping up to huge year for me. Soon, I’m going to be starting an amazing new career, and with this new professional beginning, I want to make new personal beginnings as well. Time to get real. Have you ever been stuck in a perpetual rut, a seemingly endless day to day routine where nothing of substance happens for you? That has been my life for the last few years since graduating from college. As someone who wanted change in their life, yet was somewhat wary of it as well, this was not a great place to be. This rut screwed with my entire life, affecting everything, from my mood, to my relationships, to my physical health, and to my mental well being.

In March, I decided that I couldn’t remain sane for very much longer at my current job, so I took a leap of faith and left. It was so satisfying, but terrifying at the same time. What was I going to do with my life? That was a question that was constantly running through my mind on a daily basis. Luckily for me, someone very special to me decided to take a chance on me and offered me an unofficial social media internship which led to this incredible opportunity. I see this new career as a way to finally pull myself from this rut. It is a huge change but I believe it can provide me with the motivation that I need to hit the ground running and jumpstart my life.

My resolutions for 2016 all reflect the changes that I am finally ready to make in my life. A close friend of mine recently rote a blog post about her resolutions and it inspired me to do the same. I believe that writing them down will not only give me some accountability, but also encouragement for when I need it the most. Without further ado, here they are, my resolutions of 2016.

#1 Get Healthy — I know, I know, this is the most common, stereotypical resolution that people make, but hear me out. As someone that has struggles with my weight for the majority of my life, I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that if I continue to do nothing about my health, nothing will ever change. I plan on starting small with exercising, and incorporating it into my daily routine until it becomes a habit. Also eating better and tracking my calories (again, for accountability purposes). It’s going to be a lot of work, but I know if I keep up with my motivation, then I will be on the right track to being healthy by the time next new year rolls around.

#2 Read a Book a Month — Cause hey, why the hell not? Nothing negative can come from being well read.

#3 Find a New Hobby That I am Passionate About — This one is pretty self explanatory; who doesn’t want to pick up a new, fun hobby for their downtime?

#4 Form New Relationships and Build Old Ones — Both romantic and platonic. Building on relationships has never been particularly easy for me due to my anxiety, but someone close to me recently told me that from what she sees, every longterm situation I find myself in, I come out with a friend and that they must see something in me thats worth liking. Focusing on this rather than my anxiety could prove successful for me in regards to this resolution.

#5 Launch a Personal Blog — I want to start a long-term personal blog where I can post frequently to document this journey of growth!

#6 Move Out On My Own — This one’s a biggie for me. In the Bay Area, real estate prices are through the roof. Seriously, they’re outrageous. Being in this rut and all, I haven’t gotten the chance to move out on my own. By moving out, I’m one step closer to becoming a full fledged adult.

#7 Cut Out Negativity and Focus on MY Wants and Needs — Another biggie for me. I have always been the type of person to care completely about what other people think of me and putting what I want and need to the back burner. As I mature, I realize that this is know way to live life. It’s gotten me nowhere where I want to be and I’ve realized that I can’t really be living my own life if I let others make decisions for me. I took the first step towards this when accepting the offer for my new career. I took time to determine whether I really wanted this for myself without letting people influence me. Making this decision for myself has motivated me to make decisions based on whats best for me and I know it’ll help me move on towards the future.

I hold hope out for this year and am looking forward to it being my best year yet! If you would like to share any of your resolutions in the comments, I would love to hear them! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2016!