With 2017 coming to a close, the women behind Sparkles & Sports decided to share their New Year's Resolutions for 2018.
I’m usually a little crazy with my New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of January, but forget about them by March. This year, however, instead of making a lengthy list of how I want to be better at X,Y, and Z, my overarching goal is to just be more present. As someone with a Type-A personality that loves planning and can barely sit still, I’ve learned in the past year that when I make plans, God laughs. So this year, instead of planning out my life to the T, I hope to live a little bit more in the moment and be happy with where I’m at instead of constantly thinking about goals, opportunities, and the question of “what’s next?”
I would like to be more creative in 2018. I think that being open to all creative possibilities will allow me to continue to learn. Whether it's truly getting the hang of Spanish, improving my digital skills via Photoshop and Premiere or finally sticking to a line/doodle a day. (Can you tell I am trying to plan out my Bullet Journal for 2018 right now too?) Little things that might also play into being more creative would be getting off of my computer and phone to look around a bit more, practicing mindfulness or attempting to stick to a Couch to 5K plan. If I can learn to be more open to different types of creativity, maybe it will also allow me to be open and to jump at other opportunities that come my way.
I’ve learned over the last few years that I don’t always carry through my New Year’s resolutions. So, I actually start them before the holiday season. If I can keep up whatever I’ve been doing through the craziness of the holidays then I know it’s a habit that will stick. So what have I been doing the last few weeks? I’ve started running regularly again and think I finally managed the mental capacity to run on a treadmill (I ran cross country and usually can’t focus on a treadmill). I have put more thought into my daily routine. I’ve stopped snoozing and started getting up earlier and put on SportsCenter while I get ready to keep tabs on what’s happening in our world. I’ve come to learn my mornings are busy so I’ve stopped doing a devotional in the morning and now do it before bed. Most of my resolutions are things to keep me mentally and physically healthy. I want to habitualize healthy habits now to cement them into my routine for the rest of my life.
I don’t think I’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution but this year, I’m making a lot of plans to better myself, and I am using the new year as a jumping off point. I’ve had a lot of major life changes in the past two months; I embarked on a new career path and got engaged, so I’ll be planning a wedding! My New Year’s resolution is to, in the middle of all of that craziness, take time out for myself and really focus on self care. Life can throw you some crazy curveballs; My resolution is to withstand those curveballs better through more self-compassion and, really, cutting myself some slack. Oh, and I’d also like to be able to fit into the wedding dress of my dreams, so I resolve to adopt a healthier lifestyle. ;)
For me, I’ve realized that basic New Year’s resolutions are the most effective. This year, I want to commit to taking more chances. The times I have gone out on a limb whether it was completing an Americorps year or applying to grad school have positively impacted my life. I want to be a person that embraces challenge and uncertainty because I want to stretch myself. I want to continue to grow and learn. Self-confidence is something I’ve always struggled with. A great way to get out of my own head is to do things that scare me a bit. So in 2018, I want to go to more networking events, meet more people, try new things and be positive. By taking chances, I know I can remind myself of what I’m capable of.
I’m not usually one to set New Year’s resolutions, but I’m all for goal-setting, and there are goals that I’m working towards. In 2018, I aspire to proactively re-prioritize my life. By this, I mean that I will make an active effort to bring the things that matter to me back to the forefront. Whether it’s an extra FaceTime once a week to my extended family, sending out actual, physical birthday cards, or planning a visit to a friend in a nearby city, I want to get back to prioritizing people first in meaningful ways. It’s easy to feel like I’m connecting with friends and family through texts or on Facebook (and believe me, I’m grateful for these technologies so that I can stay in contact with everyone in different parts of the country and world), but I want to take get back to spending real time with these people, too. Sports can keep us busy and make this priority a difficult one to uphold, but when you boil life down to its core, these special bonds with our people are what really matter.
I love New Year’s resolutions. Although in the past I have been 50/50 on sticking with them, I know in 2018 I would like to continue with my weight loss goals, I want to run a half marathon with my sister, and I would like to travel a little more. On January 3rd I start a new job at Syracuse, and I am so excited for the new opportunity. I’m also terrified. I’m scared to start over in a new city, a new home and to start a new job. I’ll be doing it all alone. My mom will be watching my dog for the first few months while I travel with basketball and adjust to my new job. So I guess my biggest goal is to not get stuck in my introverted ways and make the most out of my new move and job from the very start.
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