With the new year approaching fast, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on 2018. This year has brought me so many incredible memories that I will be forever grateful for. I was lucky enough to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain for the spring semester of my junior year. I traveled to places I had only dreamed about checking off my bucket list & did things I never thought I would do (like skydiving!). However, what goes up must come down & I definitely experienced my fair share of lows this year as well.
BUT, the new year brings a ‘fresh start’ & an opportunity for change. I’ve really never been someone that makes “New Years Resolutions” & the one time I tried to all I could think of was ‘eat healthy’ & ‘exercise more’ (#basic). But this year I’m all about trying new things – and this is one of them. I hope you guys enjoy my top 5 resolutions for 2019!
Don’t stress over the things you can’t control. This is probably my most important resolution because it’s something I really struggle with. I am such a perfectionist & when a small inconvenience occurs, I can make it into a huge ordeal. As I get older though, I’m learning – slowly but surely – that not everything can, or will, go as planned. There’s no reason to get upset over something you have no control over. Instead, focus on the things you can control, like the things that make you happy.
See the good. The inspiration for this resolution actually came from one of my really good friends, Kait. The other night a bunch of us were talking about what our New Years Resolutions might be, & she said “I want to be happy everyday. Not all day, but just once a day because obviously not every day will be a good day.” I really liked this because it’s important to note the good things, & the things that make you happy, even when you’re going through something rough. Everything has a silver lining.
Be afraid and do it anyway. For me, these two resolutions go hand-in-hand & they definitely stem from experiences I had while studying abroad – like skydiving. There are so many chances people don’t take because they’re too afraid of what might happen, or what other people might think. But if you don’t act on an opportunity, you may never get the chance to again. Everything about this resolution sounds so cliche, but it’s true. Don’t be afraid to take some chances! & if it comes back to bite you in the butt, then consider it a learning experience.
Be a better person. Last, but definitely not least. I like this one because it’s broad, but personal. There are so many ways, big & small, to be a ‘better’ person. Whether it’s being nicer to people in general, or lending a helping hand to those in need, or even letting go of grudges that are long over-due. Being a better person is beneficial to you and those you surround yourself with.
What’re your New Years Resolutions?
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