Hello! (It’s me).
Tomorrow is 2016! I seriously cannot believe it. They say that time flies when you’re older, but c’mon, I’m only 19!
That being said, let’s talk about resolutions. At the beginning of 2015, I wrote up a post about my resolutions for the year. Let’s end that conversation right there; in other words, I didn’t follow through with my resolutions very much at all. I was going strong for the first couple of months, but then it really kind of died out as I lost track of my resolutions. That’s what typically happens.
But it’s the New Year, and I want to do something better, and obviously making yearly resolutions didn’t work for me. Luckily, I stumbled upon this blog post written by Maxie McCoy (LOVE her stuff, by the way), and it changed my perspective on resolutions. It’s so well-written, and it really resonated with me. I love Maxie’s idea of picking a word to set the year. In the blog post, she says, “Even when you’re not consciously thinking of it, it sets a tone of who you are and how you show up.” I thought about my word for 2016, and I’ve decided upon jump in.
Jump in technically is a term – but this is the word that I want to define my 2016. I’m in college now and it’s all about trying new things. I’ve held back more than I should during my first term, so I really want to do all the things in 2016. Examples:
- go set up an appointment with my adviser so I can start planning study abroad!
- make plans to hang out with friends who I won’t have class with anymore. Go out of my comfort zone and don’t stay in and read all the time.
With jump in as my word of 2016, I hope I really branch out and just jump in to many exciting events and activities.
That’s one way I’m making a “resolution”. But also, since starting college, I did learn one thing about myself: I’m someone who breaks down huge tasks into little parts. And without even knowing, I make to-do lists every day and in a way, that is making goals – the only difference here is that my goals are huge, yes, but I break them down to little parts that are more manageable and easier to focus on.
I bought a new planner for 2016, and I am more than excited to use it to make all of the lists (I’ve upgraded to a 8.5 x 11 size planner! Blog post coming soon on that..) and cross off everything on my to-do list every day.
So what are your resolutions for 2016? Are you like me and don’t really fulfill your yearly resolutions? Are you more goal-oriented like me? What’s your word for 2016?