Week two of 52 in the books. We’ve officially broken in the 2018 planners (or bullet journals?) and are feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to attack the new year. Honestly, that refresh and recharge part took a little longer than usual after we spent the last bit of 2017 in Italy with family! Pasta, pizza, wine, repeat. It was everything and more, but we were surprisingly ready to return to a routine come January.
As we reflect on 2017 and look ahead to ’18, the topic of resolutions undoubtedly pops up. I’ve never really been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to change something…change it, why wait for a day on a calendar? Easier said than done, I know.
While goal-setting is important year-round, I do appreciate that the beginning of a year provides the blank slate sometimes needed to set your sights on what to achieve or change in the coming months.
Although, I’ve noticed a theme with some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. They’re full of restrictions and based off “don’t’s”! Do less of this. Eat less of that. BORING. One of our favorite bloggers, Lee of Fit Foodie Finds, recently touched on this idea and how it doesn’t work for her. Same, girl, same.
So, we’ve reworked a few of the most popular resolutions with more of a positive spin. Sure, you may still reach the same ultimate goal of say weight loss or personal growth, but to me, these resolutions seem more attainable!
Renovated Resolution #1
Instead of “Drink less alcohol” —> “Drink more water”
To those of you who committed to Dry January – I salute you, and I’ll drink a glass of champs in your honor. I’m totally on board with less booze, but we genuinely enjoy a mid-week happy hour with friends, or drinking wine while cooking at home. Quite frankly, a glass or two keeps us sane some days. So, rather than saying “no” to your favorite cocktail, just commit to increasing H20 during the day. Hydration and moderation are key.
Renovated Resolution #2
Instead of “Lose weight” —> “Gain strength”
This HAS to be one of the most common resolutions in the book. We all know a friend or coworker who swears they’ll lose 30 pounds by June and thinks eating rice cakes and diet shakes will do the trick. STAHP. I’m no professional, but I promise your body will hate you for it. The past few years have taught us just how meaningless the numbers on a scale can be. Focus on feeling mentally and physically strong and ditch the weight goal. This could mean setting a fitness goal instead. For instance – if you’ve never been a strong runner (me), maybe aim to decrease your mile time or increase the distance you can run. Strong > Skinny.
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Renovated Resolution #3
Instead of “Save money” —> “Spend smartly”
Saving money is something Kelsie and I have always struggled with. We try, we really do. It’s just there’s always something to spend on. And, online shopping is enemy #1. Although, I’ll admit we’ve done a much better job recently of spending or investing smartly. While we may spend the same amount we always have, what we spend it on has shifted. Less stuff more experiences. Before you add that item to your cart, think if you’d rather shell out another $50 for another black shirt OR save that 50 bucks to put toward a plane ticket. Four dollars a day on coffee OR $20 at the end of the week for dinner with friends. The little things add up, yall.
Renovated Resolution #4
Instead of “Get a raise or promotion” —> “Find a side hustle”
TBH, I DID start the year with a new job. But, I spent the majority of 2017 frustrated with my career and praying for new opportunities. I know it all depends on what industry you’re in or the company, but we can confidently say in agency world – raises and promotions do not come often. Doesn’t matter how hard you work. Most of the time, these decisions are totally out of your hands (or even your boss’s hands), and it can be incredibly frustrating. Channel that frustration into a side hustle or new hobby. It’ll give you something to work for other than the typical 9-to-5 deal. Also, being your own boss is everyone’s goal, amiright? Check out this article if you need a little motivation.