It’s the new year and time to put down some goals. Work out more, loose weight, sharpen brain, blah, blah, blah. Why are all these “New Years Resolutions” all so stereotypical? Because our so-called “culture” has told us that every year we need to strive to be better than who we are and become what society wants us to be.
When in fact, starting a new year should be about WHO WE ARE and WHO WE ARE BECOMING. Society says I should be a skinny waisted feminist with 5,000 Instagram followers who conforms to the “new normal.” And a lot of girls out there’s New Year Resolutions will be based on becoming that. But that has nothing to do with who I am now.
Right now, I am a amateur writer, a growing artist, a new blogger, a dedicated Christian, and a girl with a new interest in politics. Society says I should change everything about who I am to become what they want me to be. When in reality I should take who I am and become even more ME.
Get ready, 2021, you’re getting more ME.
I’m going to share my New Year’s goals and how you can make your own based on who you are NOW and how you want to become even more YOU.
MY 2021 GOALS ~
- Keep desk and room organized
- Get driver’s license
- Save more
- Support more local businesses
- Go to bed on time
- Write a short story (new, Woodland Whisperer, fanfic) every week
- Develop book idea (😉)
- Start writing book when Camp NaNoWriMo starts
- Study more classic literature
- Memorize more poetry
- Work on landscape and scene art
- Create planner sticker sets
- Create new bookmarks as often as possible
- Take more art classes on Skillshare
- Stick to blog schedule (Post every Monday and every other Thursday)
- Make website more user friendly
- Make Instagram more consist
- Share more poetry
- Add Woodland Whisperer page
- Start a prayer journal
- Take more notes during sermons
- Daily devotion, prayer, quiet time and poetry
- Start doing more evening studies
- Start a website (separate from business…no politics in business!) for political purposes
- Listen to more podcasts from Prager U, Will Witt, etc.
- Study the Constitution in depth
Your goals will obviously be different from mine. Why? Because you are a different person! You are totally unique! You may be in a different stage of life than I am, you have different experiences than I do, and you are so perfectly YOU.
Here is how to do more you, boo.
- Know Who You Are
Before you can know who you are becoming, you must first be sure of who you are. Take some time to meditate on this, search scripture, take some reflection time. Who are you? What do you love to do?
This not only makes a great start for New Years goals but is also great for mental and spiritual health. When you define who you are, remind yourself everyday. Put it on a post it note and stick it in your mirror. Let it be the first thing you tell yourself.
Every morning, I wake up and tell myself; I am a talented and creative Christian girl who loves her family and friends. I am blessed of God, I am called to bless others, I am who God says I am and I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. And then I make my morning cuppa and do my devotion and poetry reading.
Doing something like this every morning will honestly give you a great start. I promise.
2. Think of 2022 You
Or 2023 or 2024…I don’t know how far you are planning ahead. Where do you want to be? Not WHO you want to be, because you should never be anything but yourself, but WHERE you want to be.
Write out your perfect day. What does it look like? Chances are, your perfect day isn’t getting 100 likes in your post or having the paparazzi follow you. It will probably end up much more simple than that. That’s good, much more healthy.
My perfect day is that I wake up in the morning with my clothes already set out, no clutter on my floor or desk, and slip into my cozy house slippers. Boom, I already have goals. Set out clothes before bedtime, keep room and desk organized, and buy a good pair of house slippers.
In my “perfect day” afternoons, I would like to drive myself to the park or to Tree of Life (shout out to Tree of Life (@treeoflife), my favorite coffee shop) and work on my latest book. Now we have more goals. Get driver’s license, save up for a Chromebook, and support more local businesses. And of course, keep writing.
So envision your personal perfect day. Don’t think of what others want you to do but what you think your healthy, relaxing day looks like.
Write out the goals that will help you to make that day possible.
3. Think Of What You Aren’t Doing
What could you be working on? What things in your busy life are you forgetting? I find that for me, that thing is usually setting aside time to relax and study the Word or read poetry. To relax without agenda but with purpose.
What are you missing that you could work on. Sometimes this can be hard to pinpoint because it takes a little bit if self realization. If you don’t know what you are missing, keep an eye out. If you just go throughout your day just paying attention to what you AREN’T doing, you are sure to find it.
However, while doing this, it is important to stay positive. Don’t beat yourself up just because you aren’t doing something. Stay positive. You are going to work on it, you will improve it, and it will be fine! After all, that’s why you are discovering that missing piece in the first place.
4. Be Consistent
Everyone who makes New Years Resolutions forgets them eventually. We are human. We fall short of our own expectations all the time. The thing is that if you forget your goals, don’t throw the list in the bin.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Keep on going, no matter the failing. That’s what life is all about.