It’s my favorite time of year! It’s the time of year where everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions and I am the type of person that follows through on them. Every year is a clean slate for me and I look forward to being able to start fresh with the new year. This year is special because it’s the start of a new decade as well. Every year, I set about 3 to 5 resolutions depending on the size of them. When I set a resolution, I stick through with it and I do monthly checks on my progress (or lack thereof) with them. This year, I’ve decided to set 5 resolutions and here they are.
1. Read at least 3 books that aren’t for class
I like to read articles, blog posts, and short excerpts, but I am terrible when it comes to reading books for fun. It is embarrassing because I love writing so much, but I can’t sit down to read a book unless it’s for class. It’s not something I like to do when I have a day off. In 2020, I want to change that and I want to grow as a writer. My mom always tells me that the best way to grow as a writer is by reading more, so in 2020 I am going to read at least 3 books that aren’t for class. Hopefully, I read more than 3, but I can’t make any promises. First up on my list is The Writer by Stephen King. I like more non-fiction/memoir books, but am open to anything, but fantasy/science fiction. DM me any book suggestions you have for me on my Instagram @dayswithdebois.
2. Journal to myself at least once a week
This was my resolution for 2019, and I was successful in doing it. However, I wasn’t proud of some of the entries I had because sometimes they were only a paragraph for the week. To me that’s not satisfying the purpose why I journal to myself. I journal to myself to give my future self an unfiltered look into my current life. I share everything, the good, the bad, the ugly, and it is how I process everything that is going on in my life. Writing only a paragraph isn’t sufficient because it doesn’t my future self what I was going through for the week. This is why in 2020, I want to write at least a page to myself once a week every week. I know that some weeks are going to be busier than others, but journaling helps me with my mental health. Taking the time at least once a week will be beneficial towards my mental health because I can be truly unfiltered in these entries. The only person who reads them is myself, so I can spill any emotion or event that I am processing it the time. It’s amazing.
3. Start going to the gym on a schedule
In 2019, I would go to the gym in spurts. I would go for 2 weeks here and then stop for a month. Then I would go for another 2 weeks and stop for whatever reason. Whenever I worked out, I loved how I felt physically and emotionally. I want to get on a more consistent schedule in 2020 and make it a routine in my life. I know it would be good for my mental health and my physical health. My reasoning for this isn’t to lose weight (although that is a plus), it’s to continue bettering my mental health because sometimes writing doesn’t help me process whatever emotion I am feeling at the time.
4. Learn to crochet
This is on the bucket list, and I want to learn how to crochet for so many reasons. Primarily, this seems like a useful skill to have it when it comes to being affordable come around gift-giving season. Also, I love beanies, scarves, and blankets, if I can make my own that would be amazing. My goal is to be able to make these 3 things and I think that’s attainable. Who knows, maybe I will start a business where I sell them? I will be documenting this whole process and once I can say that I’ve successfully learned how to do it, I will post a blog post about that journey!
5. Try at least one new thing per month!
In 2020, I am expanding my horizons by not only gaining new skills, but by trying new things. I want to expand my taste in music, food, tv shows, and more. I believe that in order to grow, you need to leave your comfort zone and you can do that by trying new things. At least once a month, I want to try at least one new thing in 2020. Whether it’s listening to an artist, doing something I’ve never done before, trying a new food, or something else. At the end of the year, I will post a blog post about everything that I’ve tried and when I tried it! It will be a cool timeline.
These are my 5 resolutions. They’re all intended to help me grow and leave my comfort zone more. Whether it’s by creating a routine, giving me a new skill, trying something new, or forcing me to do something I’ve notoriously hated in the past. In 2020, I am letting go of all the negativity that happened to me in 2019 and the past decade. I am starting fresh in this new decade and it will be an entertaining ride. I know this year will be a lot of fun for me and I am ready to endure anything that comes my way.
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