I didn’t think I’d be writing this post, or making any resolutions for myself in 2017. I have a hard time remembering them anyways, so I usually don’t stick to them. This year however, my goals are a tad different. They’re not really related to my physical person, but my mental one. So here we go.
I need to stop apologizing so much. It’s an awful habit, and it makes me feel like I’m hiding myself away. Of course, I will apologize for things I did wrong, or to people I may have hurt. But I will make it my goal to stop apologizing for ridiculous things.
For example, I always feel like I’m bothering someone or taking up too much of their time. I’m afraid they will be annoyed by me. So I will say something like: “I’m sorry if I’m taking too long in this store. If you want to leave, you have to tell me.” when we’re shopping for the day. No. If I want to spend time in this store, I should without feeling guilty and apologizing for it! It’s unnecessary.
I am an introvert. Really, such an introvert. I prefer staying in over partying. I prefer a good movie and/or book. That’s just who I am. But most young people don’t. Or at least, they don’t state it. So I’m always kind of embarrassed about it -and joke that I’m secretly 90 years old.
But here’s the thing. An introvert is what I am. That will never change. So I need to start being more proud of it. And being more honest about it. If I need a day in to recover or reload my batteries so to speak, I need to say that.
And I need to feel less bad about not wanting to go out until 7AM on NYE. I just don’t enjoy it most of the time.
I started 2017 with a social media purge. I unfollowed many Twitter and Instagram accounts, based on one rule: when I look at these pictures/tweets, do they make me feel good or bad about myself?
I used to follow a lot of inspiring fitness-related accounts. Fit and strong women, because not only is that a trend but it felt inspiring to me. It no longer does. I don’t watch their photos and think: wow, look at what anyone can achieve! No. Instead I think, why don’t I look like that? And no matter what I will ever do, I will never look like them. Because we’re not the same person, we don’t have the same body type, etc.
I’m not saying that these accounts are bad. It’s just that I don’t have good thoughts about myself when I look at them. So I’ve decided to no longer look at them. I want to be more proud of what I do look like -and obviously I want to be healthy and strong too- so I’ve decided to follow some body positive accounts.
If you have any suggestions, let me know!
For the latter half of 2016, a lot of my meals have been vegetarian and/or vegan. It’s something I’m passionate about, and I think is important for my health.
But I haven’t truly stuck to it 100%. I live at home, and so when I come home at night and my parents cooked a stew or spaghetti, I feel bad not eating it. So I do. In 2017 though, I want to start being more honest with myself, and part of that means being honest about how important this is to me. I want to be a healthy person. And I think veganism can contribute so much to that. So I want to stick to it and commit.
I’ve been a fan of yoga for quite a long time. But I’ve never really had a consistent practice. This year, I really want to do just that. I want to take part in Yoga Revolution by Yoga With Adriene. I did Day 1 but then I got sick, so I’m waiting with continuing until I’m better. But yes, the ideal would be to do yoga at least 3 times a week. I’m hoping to create an even more frequent practice, but I’d already be happy with 3/week.
I know. I don’t have a driver’s license. I really need to get it though. My goal is to try and take the exam in March/April?
Those are my goals for 2017. I think they’re quite reasonable, but they are all so important to me right now. What are your personal goals for 2017?