Happy New Year! I've been thinking a lot lately about what my resolutions will be, and I think I've come up with a list that can work for everyone. I'm a fairly lazy person. Sam says it nicely: I'm not a details person... It's true. In my old apartment that characteristic manifested itself in what he called "the illusion of cleanliness." That is to say, if you didn't have your glasses on, it looked pretty clean! But there was a thin layer of dust around the whole place. This happens when you live somewhere awhile, but I regret being less than clean.
All that to say, I ALWAYS complete all my New Years resolutions because they're easy to do. We're busy people! We don't need to make goals that are crazy unattainable! The secret to feeling accomplished at the end of the year is to make reasonable resolutions that will make you grow in an abstract way, but also be attainable. You don't have to lose 50 pounds, but you can totally lose ten... You don't have to say you'll exercise every day, but you will absolutely be able to get a fitbit and pledge to be more active. Maybe your goal is to buy a house, but how about setting one like saving ten percent of your income for a year. Those are doable! And they're not small either.
So I've made a list of attainable, somewhat lazy resolutions...
1. Complain Less. Preferably never. But less will work. I spend so much time complaining at work and not enough time being thankful. I have so much to be thankful for! Everyone does! Let's not forget those things and think of them often instead of dwelling on our have-nots!
2. Learn something new. It can be anything! Maybe you learn how to play guitar or make jewelry. It's always so much fun to put time into something new and exciting. Especially when you can get so caught up in the mundane every day.
3. Say YES. In Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic she says "Most of their lives, most people just walk around, day after day, saying no, no, no, no, no." She's so right. I have so many fears and insecurities about pursuing creativity that I often find myself ignoring inspiration when it comes. That's my big resolution this year. I want to say yes to helping others, to following my creative inspirations, to open myself up to new and sometimes scary experiences! Elizabeth Gilbert goes on to say "When you say no, nothing happens at all." That really struck a chord with me. More than anything, I want to be a person that says yes.
4. Be generous with your likes. That's right. That means when you like something on Instagram or Facebook (even that embarrassing picture of your mom with food in her teeth) you press that heart button. It makes you feel good when someone likes your photo, and I want to spread that feeling to others! I got this advice from Joy the Baker's blog awhile back and it never left me. Don't be stingy! Spread the love and actually press the like button!
5. Put down your phone. Just do the thing. Stop looking at your phone when you're around people. Give everyone your full attention because they deserve it!
6. Spend 15 minutes a day cleaning. If you clean a little every day, your house stays clean! It's the little things that make a huge difference, and once you get into a routine, it turns into habit. Then you won't be like me and have the "illusion of cleanliness."
7. Be thankful every day. I've already started this one. When I wake up in the morning, the very first thing I do is write down everything I'm grateful for in my gratitude journal. It has already made my days so much better. Also since I do this first thing in the morning when I'm barely awake, it can be funny to ready my drowsy ramblings later in the day.
Thank you for reading my resolutions. I hope you find inspiration here and create your own list of things to accomplish in 2017. It's going to be a great year! What are some of your resolutions?