New Year, Not So New Me?

Whew, a whole year has gone by, and I can hardly recall any of it. Let's be real, 2020 was tough! I have endured so much emotionally, mentally, physically than I have ever in my entire life. But guess what? We made it!

Today I wanted to share a traditional take on how I normally celebrate the new year, except this year, it's a bit different. I don't want to be too hard on myself by setting drastic goals. 2020 was a crazy year in itself. This year I thought about setting small reminders for myself instead, we can still call them resolutions, but these can be interchangeable throughout life overall, so let's get into it!

1. Be thankful/grateful for the little things

  • I say this in the most humble way possible. I can admit, 2020 was not my prime year. I kept thinking, what did I accomplish? But then I realized, everything doesn't have to correlate around achievements. How about celebrating the fact that I was able to have a warm meal every day, able to stay on top of my finances, had a roof over my head, etc.

2. Treat people better than they treat you

  • I live by this concept vigorously. My grandmother always told me to treat people how'd you want to be treated; however, I added my own spin to it and say treat people even better. There's no harm in that!

3. Use social media less

  • This one may be a little wary coming from a blogger whose main goal is to post online/social media. However, have we thought about how much time we spend behind these screens? Even taking an hour a day to live in real life can be beneficial to not only your sanity but also your wellbeing.

4. Spend less, save more

  • Weirdly enough, surviving a global pandemic made me realize that I do not need a lot of "things" that I would typically purchase on a regular basis (i.e., new clothes, shoes, accessories). In fact, I was grateful enough to save money by switching to quarantine, haha.

5. Pay it forward

  • I strive to be a giver and helping those who may not be as fortunate as I am. This year I would especially like to donate more, whether it's in ways of clothing, supplies, food, or any simple act of kindness.

6. Read more

  • Quarantine has had me stuck in a rut. In fact, I purchased a few books throughout the year that sadly didn't have their pages turned. Let's change that!

7. Stop procrastinating 

  • Stop making excuses, as simple as that, now hopefully I can get that through my big head.

8. Meet new people

  • This has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. I'm one of those introverted extroverts where I love the idea of meeting people but would prefer to venture out on my own. As a push for myself, I'd love to step out of my comfort zone, and although miss rona is making it a bit of a challenge to start introductions, hopefully, this year, I can gain a new friend!

I hope this is helpful for anyone who may be stuck in a rut or just needs a little nudge of motivation. You don't have to go above and beyond to achieve any "major" goals; start small and see where that leads you. Happy new year!