Monday, December 7, 2015

What I learned from my New Year's Resolutions

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I don't know where this year has gone! It's flown by and it's hard to believe Christmas is only a few weeks away. Last year around this time I posted about my 2015 New Year's Resolutions. I used to try to start those before the new year so that I would see some results and be more motivated to stick with them come January. This past year threw me quite a few curve balls and I learned a lot more lessons than I thought possible, some of which relate to these New Year's Resolutions.

For a quick refresher, here were my goals for 2015:

  1. Pay off my student loans and credit card
  2. Exercise atleast 5 days a week
  3. Learn to be a better cook
  4. Eat healthier (the home cooking should help that a little)
  5. Blog atleast four times each month
  6. Be consistent with my other social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Time has given me a lot more perspective and my first thought when I pulled up that old blog post today was: 'CHILL OUT!! Don't worry about it so much.' So there's one thing I've learned this year.

To hold myself accountable, let's see how I did on these goals, though: I did pay off my student loans (YAY!), I'm a MUCH better cook and am more involved and consistent with my social media.

I think the most important thing I learned this year was to not be so hard on myself. Of course, I know that things don't always go according to plan, but just listening to what I want to do instead of always what I 'should' do is important. I don't exercise every day. Maybe a few times a week. More so in the summer when it's warm and I can spend a lot more time outside. If I want to run, I do. If I am exhausted and want to go to bed early instead, I do that. Life is so much less stressful that way.

I implemented something new this year. I wrote down one or two goals for the month on my calendar. Having these smaller goals helped me tremendously to achieve the bigger goals. It may work for you too! The constant reminder throughout the month also helped.

In an effort to save money to pay off those student loans, I've been cooking more in the last 12 months. It's a lot easier to eat healthy when you are the one preparing it. There are a lot of good cookbooks out there, but I've started just using what I have on hand and whipping something up. Ha, now I'm starting to sound like Granny!

I don't know what the next year will bring, but if it's half as good as this year turned out to be, I'm really excited to see how it unfolds. I do have a few New Year's Resolutions for 2016, but they are a lot different than past years.

1. Make time for what I want to do
2. Don't be hard on myself
3. Enjoy the moment

What are some of your New Year's Resolutions and/or a few things you've learned from past ones?

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