Welcome to our first post! As it is the start of the new year, we thought it was important to make a post about our new year’s resolutions and the importance of actually sticking with them (even when it seems impossible!). So here’s some of ours and feel free to add your own in the comments:
Clarissa: “While last year was great for me (I know, not the best for our country) but great for me, I didn’t focus on myself enough. I always used to think it was selfish to focus on yourself instead of those around you. However, I’ve learned that it’s important to build a strong foundation of love and respect for yourself in order to give the same to others. So here are goals and promises to myself for 2017:
- Recommit myself to a healthier lifestyle. I’m going to avoid the word “diet” here because this is something I want long term. Diets, while they imply change, are short term. I want lasting change that will make not only my body feel good but my mind and spirit. So to fulfill this promise, I will focus on eating foods that nourish my body, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. I will cut out foods that destroy my body, such as sugar (especially energy drinks!), processed and fried foods, and unhealthy grains (like white rice). I’d challenge everyone to cut at least one thing out of your diet each week that is hindering your success to a healthy lifestyle. By cutting out just one thing each week, even if it’s having one less soda a day, it will add up to a huge difference!
- Learn to love exercising! Even though I have always enjoyed exercising, I’ve never truly committed to a routine or schedule for doing workouts. I think that’s why I’ve always failed in the past. But this year, there will be no try, only do! So, I will be making myself a daily schedule with workouts (such as weightlifting and aerobic kickboxing). Hopefully, this will help me not only lose weight, but feel great about my body, and stick to a daily routine. I’d recommend to all of you who are thinking of losing weight to find an exercise routine that you feel you’ll actually stick to, as those will work best. Be consistent, even if it’s it a lot. Even a 15-20 minute walk a day can help prevent disease and can improve your mood.
- Cooking my own meals. I used to cook my own meals all the time. But recently, like I’m sure many of you have felt, work and school and life can just get in the way. Like, if your friends want to go out for dinner or you’ve had such a tiring day at work all you want to do is order some pizza and veg out. But, not only does it cost a lot of money (don’t ask how much I’ve spent on sushi and pizza!), it also doesn’t allow you to really keep track of what’s in your food, which can be detrimental to your health in the long run. By making your own food at home, you have control of what you’re putting in, and therefore can stick to healthy eating habits. If you’ve been in the same boat as me, I’d challenge you to try and cook at least one meal a week, even if it’s eggs and toast for breakfast.
- Accepting myself, for the perfections and imperfections. One of the things I’ve always struggled with is loving myself (look for future posts about the importance of it!). In 2017, I’m dedicating myself to a healthier lifestyle, but it’s important to love myself, even if I can’t reach all my goals. The same goes for all of you. Accept yourself for who you are, for every flaw you think you have and every beautiful angle everyone else can see, accept yourself. You and your body are the only thing you have, make the most of it!”
Hannah: “I try to keep a couple points in mind as I make my own New Year’s resolutions:
– Rephrase goals into ones where the focus isn’t on only trying to abolish rotten habits and lifestyles, but to instead nurture and grow the helpful and beautiful you want to reach for.
-Be specific and have an idea on how you want to accomplish your goals.
Ex: not “Stop leaving a mess in the kitchen”, but instead, “Clean the dishes made that day before going to bed”.
-We wouldn’t know it was a new year if it wasn’t for calendars! It’s really just another day, so start another resolution if inspiration strikes, and get right back in if resolutions are broken. Any day of the year can be a new start.
With that, here are my goals!
- Continue to communicate with the people in my life when I start to struggle with life, especially when I’m starting to feel overwhelmed. I tend to clam-up and retreat into myself and YouTube videos when I feel like there’s SO MUCH to do.
- Clean the dishes made that day before going to bed (yeah, that wasn’t just an example. Oh, how I miss my parents’ dishwasher!)
- Savor the time of my life that I’m in currently. Instead of lingering on past mistakes or pining for the events of the future to get here, I want to do the best with what God has given me now. This includes enjoying the homework I’m assigned, and the job tasks I’m given.
- Be more considerate of people and prior obligations before I make plans and run with them (sorry, Clarissa <3).
- Stick to the calendar system I’ve set up for myself. Basically, I marked down all my absolute-must-do’s on Google Calendar (school schedule, work schedule, church obligations), and then, with the time remaining, I wrote in activities or tasks I want to do (swimming, pilates, designated homework time). One of these scheduling-goals includes attempting to keep Saturday fairly empty of work-related tasks to leave time to reconnect with God, family, friends, reflect on the week, and fun little hobbies (a Sabbath of sorts!).
Those are my main ones that I could think of, but I’m gonna write one more little list of “these would be cool to do, but they don’t need to be done this year, exactly”: get 1,000 subscribers on TeamHorseHD channel, figure out what to major in, read all my textbooks, fix that check-engine light, get good at piano scales, dress not-like-a-hobo in public, make children’s ministry music videos, find that silly little black book I bought several months ago and fill it with drawings, do something crazy-cool with my hair, and keep up my little jar project*.
*I saw this idea on Facebook, courtesy of Clarissa liking it from, and I want to do it! I didn’t make the picture, but you can see the little RobynsOnlineWord.com print on the jar lid.
With that, we both wish you a Happy New Year, and we’re excited to be right alongside you, sharing our stories, and hearing yours. Here’s to a positively radiant 2017!