Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year!

Here I am. Again. After a long absence, apologizing. Like I have anyone to apologize too, really. I seriously doubt anyone reads this. So I guess I'm apologizing to myself. Sorry, Anne, that I'm a super lazy person most of the time and go long periods of time without writing.

That aside, Happy (late) New Year! 2016. Wow. Where did 2015 go again?

After going through some old journals recently I realized I did not make any New Year's Resolutions last year. Hmm. I don't know why. I don't think resolutions are a necessity, but I don't think they're bad either. I think they can be a very good thing as long as they are realistic and obtainable. (On a side note, I also found my resolutions list for 2014 and quickly realized I accomplished NOTHING on that list. Sort of a bummer.)

But like I said, I'm neither for or against resolutions. Whatever motivates you to make yourself a better person is what you should put into your life. I like lists. So here are my resolutions

1. Workout 3-4 times a week. Since taking a year off from school I have realized I am a lazy couch potato, especially when it's cold outside. I'm pretty active at work, but when I'm I'm also going to be in China for 4 months soon, so maybe this should instead read "be active for 30 minutes a day" or something. Yeah, let's go with that.

2. Eat healthier! Less Sugar! I know goals are supposed to be measurable and these are very vague, but I don't know how to measure healthy eating. Let's be honest, I'm not going to be measuring out my food portions six times a day (I eat a lot, OK?). Also, less sugar has been a goal of mine every year pretty much since I turned twelve. I am a sweet tooth like no other.

3. Be more productive with my time. Yes, once again vague, but this is something I'm going to try really hard to work on. Less Netflix, less social media, more reading, more writing.

4. Finish the first draft of my book. I'd love to finish it completely, but writing a book is a long and not always very fun process, so I'd like to be realistic here and give myself a chance. Plus, China this year is going to change my routine up quite a bit. But a first draft? That's doable. I have also been told many times that a first draft is that hardest part.

5. Read more books and scripture. I'm sort of combining two in one here. I need to read my scriptures more. Everyone does, probably. Also I need to read more. I love to read, and I often forget how much I love to read until I start reading again. Not being in school has given me a lot of extra time (no homework!), and I need to take better advantage of it. Plus John Green said the best way to become a better writer is by reading, so...yeah, imma get on that.

6. Appreciate myself and my accomplishments. I have a tendency to compare myself to other people and put myself down. I have written about it on multiple occasions. I think a lot of people have this problem. It's sort of human nature. And while it's good to want to better yourself, it's not good to think you aren't as good as someone else because you haven't done everything they have. This falls under the category of mental health, which is JUST as important as physical health. Seriously. Loving yourself is so important. So this year when I accomplish something, I'm going to congratulate and reward myself. That doesn't mean boasting or bragging, just being happy for me and who I am.

It's a pretty hefty list. But completely doable. Let's go 2016. 

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