As January comes to a narrow close, it’s time to reflect on the past month. I thought now would be a good time to do this considering there’s still a good amount left of January for me to work out whatever kinks or knots I may not have gotten to yet this new year.
This is usually the time that our resolutions die off to wither away. We realize that we are who we are. We go back to our old habits. But this post is here to remind you of all the changes you wanted to make, why you wanted to make them, and maybe motivate you to keep on trying. For this post, I’m going to go through the list of resolutions I made for myself at the beginning of this year and see how far I’ve come. I may make this a monthly thing. We’ll see.
- The first thing I wanted to do was get rid of my toxic friends. I think I’ve been doing well in this aspect. Of course, this has led to more afternoons alone but I have to say that’s better than many nights miserable.
- This leads me to my next resolution: focusing on myself. The divine ability to be able to simply and only care about how I perceive myself. Have I accomplished this? Well, it’s honestly more of a day-to-day thing. Overall, I’d have to say “no”. I’m insecure, what can I say? I’m working on it though.
- Paying better attention to my needs has actually been the biggest change I’ve made. I spend plenty of time taking care of myself now. This includes: painting my nails, washing my face often, buying my own fruits and veggies, and being more positive.
- I’m still working on building my credit. We all are, right? I haven’t received my Secured Discover credit card yet, but it should be here any day now. Then, I can be a little bit more of an adult.
- As silly as it may sound, I made #5 on my list of resolutions to “shop more often”. Have I accomplished this? Well, as you saw in my Back to School (Winter) Haul, I’ve certainly been trying. I’ve been eating out more, buying clothes, books, and soon I’m going to get some new decor for my room. I’m more relaxed now about money than I ever have been before so I’d have to say this is a pretty good accomplishment.
- Just like anyone else, I made it a goal to be healthier this new year. I think I still have quite a ways to go, but overall yes, I’ve been much healthier. I’ve been eating better for sure. I’ve been coming up with creative ways to use the produce we have in our house. I may start doing recipes again on my blog if that’s something you may be interested in.
- Taking care of the planet is something I’ve always cared about. However, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t made conscious decisions about changing my behavior to better suit the environment. As I was reorganizing my room, I saw how much paper and plastic I throw away. I’m going to get some recycle bins. I need to do some research to figure out what I need to do to take this journey.
- Another way I wanted to take care of the planet is by donating. When I was buying my textbooks I had a chance to donate to schools in needs which I happily did. I love being asked to donate when checking out and usually always will. I haven’t put much thought into donating my time yet, but it’s definitely still something I want to be involved in. There’s plenty of places to get involved in my town, and one of the choices I’m most interested in is Habitat for Humanity.
- Being content is something my age group struggles with immensely. It’s interesting to talk about being content in a post full of changes I want to make. Excuse the irony, please. I am proud to say I’ve overcome this obstacle quicker than I thought. There are still rough patches I go through where I compare myself to others and feel bad. It’s easier for me to get through those now though. I don’t spend as much time dwelling in that negative state of mind.
- Being nicer has also been an attitude change for me. I must say I haven’t been tested like I once was. I’ve been praying a lot for God to help me with my thoughts, and I’ve noticed a huge difference.
- Being meaning (I’m sorry, standing up for myself) is a bit of a grey area for me. I know I’ve been a tad bit more assertive. Perhaps this is why I haven’t needed to lash out. Keep in mind I’ve also gotten rid of my toxic friends, so the need to constantly defend myself has died down significantly.
- And perhaps the biggest, most monumental change I’ve made is not freaking out. Close family members and friends of mine are familiar with the amount of pressure I put on myself. I know where that roots from finally, which makes it easier for me to slow down and breathe. Now, when I mess up I can shrug and say “I’ll learn from this”. Now, when it takes me longer than expected, I know it’ll really all be worth it.
- Drawing. Drawing, I haven’t been doing. I have been painting more, thanks to my boyfriend. That’s just as important, right?
- Writing. Now writing, I’ve been investing a lot of time in. Whether it’s here on this blog, or at work, or in my journal, I write nearly every day. I’m proud to say so.
- Reading has also been something I’m up to. I started the Harry Potter series and have also been reading poetry books. I’m super excited to keep going.
- An important thing I wanted to start making a priority is learning. Learning for me lately is happening organically. I’ve been learning new vocabulary through reading. I’m learning so much from my new job. And also, schooling has officially started up again for the Spring semester so soon, I’ll be learning new stuff by the hour.
- Traveling is also something I’ve seen come to life. My boyfriend and I have been taking small trips here, there, and everywhere almost every weekend. They haven’t been long, far away trips, but meaningful travel nonetheless.
- And lastly, drinking more water has been taken care of. I’m currently drinking my weight in water as we converse.
I encourage you to go over your own list of goals. Dig it out from the bottom of your nightstand and pin it above your light switch. You’re doing great. Don’t give up on yourself!
As you can see, I haven’t accomplished every single thing I wanted to. And that’s okay. Part of this process is seeing who you are and everything you can handle. It’ll take plenty of time to make changes or form habits. Don’t let yourself down. Make time for the important things and everything else will fall into place. Have fun out there.