Inspiration for the New Year: A Breakdown of New Year's Resolutions

With just 5 days left of 2016, I would love to say that this year went so quickly - but it was just as long as every other year - 365 days! With 360 days already gone, I'm sure both myself and you are thinking about what we wish we could have done differently this year and thinking about those pesky New Year's resolutions. Some stick and...well...others don't. I always try to make resolutions that aren't out of reach - for instance, I would never make a resolution to never have chocolate - for me that's impossible. I'm generally a very positive person and on a day to day basis I take pretty good care of myself. In the grand scheme of things, I don't think anyone's New Year's resolutions are completely life altering. Most of the time they are made to make you feel better about the things going on in your life at the turn of the new year. Read on for my 5 resolutions for 2017...maybe they will inspire you when you make your own!

inspiration for the new year: My New Year's Resolutions

  1. Work Out - You may be thinking that this is one of the most overused New Year's Resolutions - and you are certainly right! For myself, though, I just want to consistently do a little cardio 5 days out of the week. I just want to do this for 30 minutes a day and I am not specifying certain days. I am naturally thin, but that does not mean that I am naturally fit - I don't have an amount of weight that I want to lose, I just want to feel better about myself. 
  2. Spend More Time with my Grandmother - This year has been a tough year for both my family and I and unfortunately it takes a tragedy to, sometimes, make you appreciate what you do have. Long story short, I lost two grandparents this year - gone too quickly and too soon. We have now moved my grandmother closer to where I live so that we can see her more and be there for her. This gives me no excuses to see her at least once a week and I plan to do just that. Don't get me wrong, I have always loved my grandmother, but losing two grandparents this year definitely put things into perspective for me. 
  3. Create a Routine - As some of you may know, I work strictly from home. In addition to The Sophisticato, I also run my own web design and VA business. This gives me great flexibility with my schedule, which has become a double-edged sword. There are some mornings where I forget to finish my coffee, other days I am in sweats until 3PM, and then there are days where I have so much personal stuff to get done that I get no work done whatsoever. My goal for 2017 is by the end of January, I have a routine that works for me. Something that gives me that "9 to 5" routine, without the 9 to 5. If you have any ideas, definitely let me know in the comments. 
  4. Eliminate Negative Influences - This resolution may be a year long feat, but I definitely plan on doing it. This is also probably one of the most difficult resolutions on my list. There are certain people and things in my life that are definitely not the best influences and I plan on slowly, but surely eliminating these from my life. This is all about having a fresh start in 2017 and not continuing to let the people and things that bring me down in my life continue to do so. 2017 is all about positivity and growth - that is the theme. 
  5. Travel More - Here at The Sophisticato, both Kathy & I love to travel. Experiencing new cultures and seeing new places is definitely one of our favorite things to do and I plan to do it even more in 2017. I already have two possible trips planned out and I can't wait to plan more out. Whether it is a short trip or a longer getaway, traveling always gives me a renewed energy and I come back home feeling better than ever. As you have noticed, 2017 is all about feeling fresh & renewed and traveling will definitely add to my goal feeling! 

These resolutions are nothing that I know I can't keep - most of them just require a simple lifestyle change. Something that I know I can easily do come January 2, 2017 - after I recover from New Year's Eve! When coming up with your resolutions, there is no need to quantify them - notice, I wrote "work out", but I didn't write lose 5 pounds...I wrote "travel more", but I didn't write go on 7 trips. Numbers can sometimes make tasks like these seem more daunting and the whole idea behind New Year's Resolutions is to give you a fresh outlook on life - not scare you into the new year! What are your New Year's Resolutions? Have a happy & healthy new year!! XO, Rebecca.

Live Fab, Repeat - XO, Rebecca

Inspiration for the New Year