For those who believe in second chances and clean slates, a new year can be like a second Christmas. Unfortunately, it can also be a reality check. And there is nothing so frustrating than being stuck at a fork in the road that will define your outlook of your new year.
I’ve grown to dislike New Year resolutions during my high school years, because they became a list of hopes and not realistic goals. Like becoming famous. Or perfect. Or beautiful. My high school resolutions weren’t the most optimistic and smart. But annoyingly typical of a teenage girl. Despite my lack of lists since then, I’ve decided to get back into the tradition of writing down resolutions. Realistic resolutions. Hence, here is mine…
1. Get more comfortable in the kitchen: cook or bake or make homemade goods, just learn something new
2. Sell something on Etsy: crochet scarves, make crochet hooks, or other crafty whimsical things that you enjoy creating. It’s not about how much money I can make from others; it’s about how many people can I touch through my creations.
3. Create an art portfolio: I have to constantly remind myself “I’m not just rusty, I have potential” Don’t draw within the flow of where others are. Art isn’t meant to look the same - it’s a place where people go to be different.
4. Out of any of the resolutions, this may be the most tricky (and it frustrates me to no end): choose and settle in the field I am passionate about. If I’m not sure about my passions yet, then don’t be afraid to try out different activities to find out what it is.
5. Think less pessimistic thoughts and refrain from swearing at all (this past year has been a horrible attempt at stopping). Those words don’t give other words more profound meaning, it only makes one sound childish.
6. Finish one book each month: choose a book that will question the way I think and view the world, choose a book that will spark a greater imagination, choose a book that will help me feel less alone.
7. Take more pictures of my life: just for fun. Capture moments that define who I am. It’s nice to look back on them when you’re feeling down.
8. Understand to not buy cheap things that break so easily and invest in expensive items that last long.
9. Never stop being inspired to live a good life.
10. Last but not least, transition into the life you want & need. Don’t be the one who settles for a life that’s just “alright, I can’t complain.”