HAPPY NEW YEAR! Holy cow, I can’t believe we’re already in 2018! It’s seems like 2017 had just started. So many amazing things happened to me in 2017, from getting a job with the Houston Astros to traveling to so many new places, it’s been an amazing year filled with so many good memories. In addition to the happy moments I felt, I also had my fair share of learning opportunities throughout the year.
What I learned in 2017:
- YOU control your destiny. The moment you accept responsibility for all of your decisions, you take back control of your future.
- There will always be people who try to use you for their own gain. Be kind anyway. But never under any circumstance should you tolerate it.
- You will have rainy seasons. This is okay. More than okay, it is necessary. You need the difficulties in order to better yourself.
- You will never regret being kind. You will always regret being mean.
- Progress > Perfection
I guess what I love about the start of a new year is that it kind of forces you to look at the transformation that’s taken place within yourself. My 2017 was far from perfect, but it certainly gave me my most personal and spiritual growth. I’ve loved growing deeper in my faith and seeing a revival of my self-esteem and confidence. But something that I still have to consistently deal with and work at is, my ultimate flaw; perfectionism. It’s something I really struggle with, but little by little, I’ve been learning how to overcome it.
Now that we’ve come into a new year, a quick glance at social media will show you just about everybody’s New Year’s Resolutions. But when we make resolutions like, “I’m going to get skinny” or “I’m going to get a better job”, we’re only setting ourselves up for disappointment. These are great aspirations, but they are far too vague and don’t include tangibles. Instead of making lofty resolutions that you know you’ll probably give up on before you even start, set small goals that are measurable. I like to call it the Plan of Progress. This is especially helpful for those of you who struggle with perfectionism like myself. Making realistic goals with time frames helps to keep you on track to achieving your ultimate vision.
This is the reason why I don’t believe in making new year’s resolutions. They are so vague that they can become paralyzing. While they are made with good intentions, more often than not, they become detrimental to our mindset and prevent us from seeing any sort of growth.
So, Beth Pride, since your not making any resolutions this year, what are your goals? Glad you asked 😉
My Goals for Progress in 2018:
- I will become more consistent with my blog. I love writing and being creative, and I have so many ideas for this year, but I have to become more mindful of the process that goes into blogging. Keeping that in mind, I plan to make outlines in advance for posts to keep my thoughts organized during the writing process. I also plan to segment the other various processes so I don’t get overwhelmed trying to get everything done for one blog post (meaning I’ll do pictures one day, blog post outlines another, blog post scheduling, etc.)
- I will take my health more seriously. It is a privilege to be healthy, and I will be more conscious about the food I eat. My plan of action for this is to start meal prepping during the week. I have already cut alcohol out of my diet, and I plan to cut out caffeine as well.
- I will get out of my comfort zone more often. I will spend less time overthinking situations and become a person of action. While this goal applies to several different aspects of my life and seems pretty vague, I can practice achieving this by starting to do more of the things that scare me (ex. starting a YouTube channel. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, would y’all be interested? Let me know!)
- I will travel and experience more. I plan to travel to many different states in the coming year, and my goal is to go to every single MLB stadium. I also want to be more present in the moment and experience more, so I plan to spend less time scrolling through Twitter and Instagram and more time observing the world and those around me.
- I will overcome perfectionism. This is a work in progress, but I am getting better every single day. I plan to continue setting small, reasonable goals in all aspects of my life in order to help achieve this. I also plan to read more books and listen to more podcasts on the subject. I find that when I do this, my anxiety surrounding the issue lessens. I also realize that I am not alone, that my Savior is with me, and that He wants to take on my burden for me. (Man, Jesus is SO good.)
So there you have it! Those are my goals for the new year, with a peek into my Plan of Progress. I hope you found this post to be helpful! Do you make new year’s resolutions? Why or why not? Let me know your thoughts! I love hearing from you 🙂
Here’s to an amazing 2018 filled with growth and love!
Until next time babes,