I think the problem a lot of us have with goals and resolutions is that often times we give ourselves too many of them to take on at once. The new year roles around and we feel ambitious, inspired, and motivated to change our lives for the better once and for all. So we make a long list of every little detail we want to change about our lives, then a few months into the year we feel defeated and overwhelmed, sucked back into our old habits. While I think it’s fantastic to have a vision of how grand you’d like your life to be, to dream big, I also think that we need to be a bit more realistic with ourselves and realize that great changes take time, patience, and a lot of effort. So instead of expecting to change your whole life around in just 12 months, I think that we should focus on the short-term, what we can do right now to better each day as it comes. With that in mind, I’ve decided to make up a few short-term goals for myself each month. Little things that I can implement each day, that don’t take a ton of effort, but over time will actually wind up making a huge difference in my life.
- Read one new book - I love to read, yet for some reason I go through periods where I don’t read a new book for months. It’s mostly due to my laziness and not wanting to just start reading, because once I get into a book, I usually can’t put it down until I’m finished. So instead of giving myself a goal such as “read 20 new books this year”, which can quickly feel very overwhelming, I’m going to start small and aim to read just one new book this month.
- Meditate for 10-15 minutes each day - I’ve been getting more into meditation as of late, and I’m really loving it. I think that no matter what way you choose to meditate, whether it’s in the traditional style of sitting cross-legged on the floor and saying “ommm”, going for a walk, painting a picture, or just sitting with your thoughts, meditation is so important and can really help you better understand your thoughts/feelings.
- Go to bed at a decent hour and wake up early - If you know me at all then you know how much of a night owl I am. Usually I am going to bed when the rest of the world is waking up. I’ve found that most creative individuals tend to stay up late, that’s usually when we feel most inspired. However over the past couple of weeks I somehow got in the habit of going to bed between 9pm – 11pm and waking up around 8am or 9am. At first I was a little bit ashamed of myself, I had acquired a “normal” sleep schedule, and I want nothing to do with normality ;P. However, as much as I tried to fight it, I realized that I felt really great throughout the day, I felt more motivated to be productive, had more energy, and just felt happier all around. So even though I will never give up on my love for staying up late, which I think is fine to partake in every now and then, I am sadly reaching a point in my life where staying up until 6am takes a toll on my physical and mental state. It’s not the same as when I was 13, which I’d have to say is the worst part about “growing up” so far.
- Work my way off of crutches! - It’s been 3 months since I broke my leg, and I am finally at the point where I can start working on walking again, which is so exciting. I’ve already taken a few steps here and there (while holding my crutches for comfort, but not using them), which I’m ecstatic about. So this month I am hoping to keep working my way off of my crutches once and for all.
What is one thing that you can incorporate into your every day life, right now?
- Savannah ♥