I have a confession - I'm the absolute worst when it comes to keeping my New Year's resolutions. I've failed countless times before - losing a certain amount of weight, breaking the habit of biting my nails, saving a set amount of money. Yep. But this year is different! I have goals, game-plans, and rewards!
To recap, my resolutions are:
1) Grow in my career. This includes my job at Twelve Chairs, my blog, and working to launch jeune amour events!
2) Find a hobby to keep (or get) me in shape. I hate diets and hardcore workouts. I fail at them repeatedly! I want to learn to enjoy running, or yoga...or tennis! Anything active, really.
3) Strive to be creative. I want to challenge myself to take on more crafts, designs, and artistic activities.
So - how will this year be any different from the others? STRATEGY!
First, I wanted to keep my resolutions vague enough that it left enough room for error. For example, I didn't say "I want to lose 50 lbs and drop 3 pant sizes", I just said I resolved to be more active and enjoy it! Sure, it'll still lead to a lot of "I don't want to do this. Why am I not a size 2 yet?", but at least I'm not setting myself up for disaster. Baby steps!
Second, I set up resolutions that I'm looking forward to! I love pushing myself to be a little more creative, or a little more active, or a little more professional! It's so easy to fall into a routine and a pattern, but there's always room for improvement. Choose areas in your life where you're looking to grow! Whether it's spending more time with your family or more time at the office - be sure this year is about doing the right thing for you.
Lastly, I set rewards for myself! If I grow in my career I'll let myself work with a graphic designer to define my brand. It's something I've been dreaming of doing, but there's no point if I don't keep with my writing and crafting.
If I find an activity or workout I enjoy, I'll forever have something to keep me moving. Eventually (slowly, but surely) that means I'll lose a few inches. That means shopping for new clothes is in the future! Each time I go to workout, I'll add a dollar to a jar and spend it all when my pants feel a little loose. I refuse to be too hard on myself!
If I push my creativity and design skills, the opportunities are endless. My events will be much more adventurous, crafty, and intriguing. I'll allot enough time to make sure I'm giving my brain enough time to work and play! I refuse to stop myself from making mistakes, because sometimes they're the best teaching tools.
Haven't set your resolution(s) yet? It's not too late! Hopefully these pointers will help you reach your goal. If you need an accountability partner, I'm your girl! Cheers! xoCourtney