Why is it that no one can ever keep their New Year's Resolutions? Is it because every year, we come up with resolutions that we know we probably won't keep? We give ourselves lofty goals that seem achievable, but usually require a complete change in our daily lives to accomplish. Maybe we focus our resolutions too much on the results, and not enough on the process. All we can see is the end goal, the place we want to be by December. But what about the baby steps we must first accomplish over the next 11 months? This year, I'm going to focus more on the process (which itself is one of my resolutions), setting myself small goals as the stepping stones to larger accomplishments. With that in mind, here are some of my 2016 resolutions:
1. Focus on the process, not the result: Sometimes, it feels like I have so many ideas and lofty goals of where I see myself going in life. It's easy to become swept up in fantasyland. To keep myself grounded, I want to focus on the process. Break down what I want and what are the steps to get there, and the results will come.
2. Find a workout that I enjoy: Instead of telling myself to lose weight or work out everyday, I first want to find a workout that I could see myself coming back to. A gym, a type of workout, or even a schedule that seems do-able are the first steps I need to take towards a more healthy lifestyle.
3. Embrace routines and schedules: A recycled resolution from last year, this one is especially important to me. Working for myself and often from home requires a certain amount of discipline which, let's face it, I don't always have. Getting myself on a consistent routine or schedule will help keep me focused and productive.
4. Be in the moment: Every year I vow to become a better listener, but this year I'm getting to the root of the problem. I need to be more in the moment. Get off my phone, computer, etc and just enjoy what I'm currently doing. I think this is the core issue when I'm not listening carefully.
5. *The Style Resolution* Focus on quality and get creative: I want to make 2016 the year that I stop shopping for cheap, fast-fashion pieces that fall apart and I give away in a year. While I made a lot of progress in 2015, this year, I want to focus my wardrobe on fewer, better-quality pieces that I can wear again and again. And because I'll have fewer, more essential pieces, I want to get more creative in my styling to keep my look fresh and up-to-date.