Lifestyle,  mental health,  productivity

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

I have a number of New Year’s Resolutions. But who is really surprised by that? Literally, no one. It should be noted that these resolutions are in no particular order. I’m thinking of resolutions as I go along, so take that as you will. 

One | Take My Meds Consistently 

I am terrible about taking my medications every day, and obviously that’s really important. So I WILL get better about taking my meds!

Two | Hike More Often

I love being outside – hiking or walking, but I don’t do it enough. I recently went on a “hike” with some kids from my school to Halibut State Park in Gloucester, MA. It was such a great way to bond with my classmates and visit a park I hadn’t visited before.  

Three | Eat My Veggies

One thing I’ve gotten progressively better at in 2020 is eating more vegetables. Recently, I’ve been drinking a lot of green smoothies and one of my goals for 2020 is to have a green smoothie every day (when possible). Although, I’m not sure how feasible that is going to be in college, so stay tuned!

Four | Exercise More Often 

Yeah, I’m just way too sedentary. It’s just hard when the sun goes down at 4 pm, ya know? For example, it’s 6:30 pm, the sun has been down for at least an hour (probably closer to two hours) and I just finished speech and debate practice. Now, I can start my homework, curl up in bed and watch youtube, read, crochet, pester my mom, or work out. Literally all of those options sound better than working out. So, maybe I just need to work on my incentive system for working out.

Five | Meditate Daily

I really think meditation holds the key to my life. I took a class this fall about stress relief and the science says that mindfulness is key to long term health. High stress is damaging to your psyche and your body. I aspire to a high power (and likely and unfortunately high stress) career. I need to get better at dealing with stress. A strong meditation practice will led to increased mindfulness which will make me better equipped to deal with the ups and downs of adult life. My goal is to get good at mindfulness now, so that I don’t keel over from a heart attack when I’m forty because yikes – so not the way I want to go. 

Six | Be More Frugal

If I’m more frugal, I can give more money to charity. Also, I’ll have less crap that I don’t need. And I’ll be able to save! I am very fortunate to have parents who are able to pay for my college, car, and other living expenses, but eventually that financial support will end. I have to prepare myself for going to college in which my parents will be paying less of my day-to-day expenses which means I’ll have to be a lot more thoughtful about my spending habits. Also, I will eventually have to work and live on my own dime, so it doesn’t hurt to: a) have some savings and b) be accustomed to living on a budget. 

Seven | Do More Community Service

I love volunteering, but I haven’t done a good job at making time to do so. I’m not sure how I can do so safely, but I intend to find some avenues for volunteering my time in the new year. 

Eight | Maintain a Stable Sleep Schedule 

Yeah, my sleep schedule is kinda all over the place which just isn’t ~great~. In fact, it’s pretty bad. My goal in 2020 was to go to bed around 10:30 pm and wake up around 6:30 am, but I think 11:30 pm to 7:30 am will work better for me especially since my school doesn’t start until 9:15 am. 

Nine | One Buy Per Month

This will be interesting. I’m thinking of a challenge in which I only buy one superfluous item per month. I’m not sure what the restrictions will be yet though. Stay tuned for that too! I got the idea from Jasmine at Studyquill on YouTube.

Ten | Read 36 Books

My reading goal for 2021 is to read 36 books! That’s 3 books per month which is .75 books per week. So far, in 2020, I’ve finished (I say finished because some books I started prior to 2020) 25 books which is the most I’ve read in one year since I began high school. I love to read, and I love sharing what I’m reading, so I’m excited to embark on this new reading journey! Friend me on Goodreads see the latest on what I’m reading!

Eleven | Live More Sustainably

A lot of my goals overlap with this goal, but in short, I want to be more conscious of the environment and do my best to take responsibility for being a better steward of our environment. 

Twelve | Go to Church Consistently

I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’ve been failing at going to church as often as I should. I just am having a hard time connecting with my church’s newest pastor, so I just don’t love going to church anymore. I’m kind of at a loss for what I should do, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. 🙂

Thirteen | Be More Optimistic

This is a work in progress for me. I’m not a naturally optimistic person. I am definitely a worrier, weigh all the pros and cons, type-A sort of person. But when I’m able to let go and just be in the moment and push aside all the worries and just be happy in the moment, then I’m ya know, happier. So I want to improve at finding for the best in a situation and being in the moment. 

I’m excited to be starting a new year. In 2021, I will graduate from high school, begin college, and start taking my first steps towards adulthood. Scary, I know! I just want to be the best person I can be and set myself up for a successful life in future (both near and far). 

Here’s to new beginnings!

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