Friday, December 28, 2012

Make a Fool-Proof New Year's Resolution

Raise your hand if you've ever made a super exciting new year's resolution, gotten pumped up about it, told all your friends and family about your new goal....only to end up in March with thoughts of your resolution far in the abyss. Don't be ashamed. We've ALL done it.

Here are some tips on how to create a fool-proof new year's resolution.

# 1: Make your resolution SPECIFIC.
Lose weight. How much weight do you want to lose exactlyBe healthy. How so? Do you want to eat more fruits and veggies? How many times a week do you vow to go to the gym? Save money. How much money do you need to save per week? What exactly is your goal?
Put a number on it. Put a time on it. Specify your goal instead of making a blanket statement.

#2: Make your resolution MEANINGFUL
Just because your best friend's goal is to lay off the sweets in 2013 doesn't mean it's the right resolution for you. Sure, limiting sugar in the new year is a great goal, but are YOU honestly & truly excited about the prospects of missing out on Hershey's, Ben & Jerry's, and your favorite homemade cake? No? Then, don't make that your goal. You won't persevere. Make a resolution that means something to YOU. Don't follow the crowd and do something just because it sounds good.

#3: Make your resolution REALISTIC
Look, I'm all for "reaching for the moon," but there's a difference between reaching for the moon and reaching for another universe. Don't spread your net too wide. You won't catch any fish. Get my drift?

Good luck with your resolutions!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thoughts for Thursday #7

"I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary... it has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. it goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always." - Piscine Molitor Patel (Yann Martel), Life of Pi

Thursday, December 6, 2012

25 Before 25

I turn 24 in February, so I'll have 1 year and 2 months to complete this list! 

1. learn how to crochet
Gotta make sure I look way hotter than this while doing it though.

2. crochet a blanket
3. teach someone how to crochet 
(preferably an unlikely candidate, such as a 6'4" football player or a 7 year old child)
4. go on a hike
5. learn how to swim (don't judge me)
6. complete another 1/2 marathon (under 3 hours this time)
7. taste 5 "new" kinds of food
8. read 25 books
9. travel outside of the country 
10. improve my Spanish
11. make a point to watch the sun rise or set as often as possible
12. go on a spontaneous weekend vacay
13. start pursuing another degree
14. take myself out on a date
15. paint a masterpiece and hang it up in my home
16. help someone have a revelation
17. do something that scares me
I know this sounds weird, but let me explain. In essence, I want to do something that I know makes me uncomfortable because it is in this space that one can truly grow. Too much comfortability breeds complacency and that is not a space that I'd like to be. So...bring on the challenge!
18. make a 3-course meal COMPLETELY from scratch
19. get a really nice camera and become a self-proclaimed photographer
20. donate blood
This one is very important to me. I've tried before but my iron count was too low. So bring on the spinach....and the needles. YIPES!
21. go zip lining
22. volunteer more often
23. ride a horse 
24. submit at least 1 story to Chicken Soup for the Soul 
This should be easy. The real goal here is to have it be published
25. Plan an out-of-this-world super amazing fantastic wonderful 25th birthday celebration!
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