Inspiration for the New Year: Resolution Check In
I have always felt like February is a weird month. It is the last full month before Spring starts (yay!), but can also be the snowiest month over here in the northeast. Since February is kind of just...there...I wanted to share some inspiration for the new year with all of you. I want all of us to remember back towards the end of 2016 - when new year's resolutions were on everyone's minds. There were the people that are very vocal about their resolutions, were against resolutions and others that were just confused as to whether they had to have resolutions or not. But how many of those people actually thought out their resolutions? You may recall that I hopped on the new year's resolution bandwagon, too. I had never actually created resolutions until this year, but there had been so many changes in my life (good & bad), that I decided now was as good a time as any to make my first set of resolutions. Now, one month later, I am sharing where I am at with my resolutions - did they actually stick?
Before we dive into my resolutions update, I wanted to share some facts that I learned about resolutions. It turns out that 75% of resolutions will last the entire first week of January, but only 46% of the resolutioners only make it past six months. Age also plays a big role in whether or not people keep to their new year's resolutions. The University of Scranton held a study finding that people in their twenties have a 39% chance of achieving their resolutions compared to only 14% of people over 50. Now, with that being said, I want to share what worked and what didn't when it came to my new year's resolutions.
Before you read any further, if you want a refresher on what my New Year's resolutions were, click here.
Inspiration for the New Year: New Year's Resolution Break Down
- Work Out - I have consistently worked out every week since January started. I only worked out for 20 minutes, not 30 minutes and most weeks I worked out 4 instead of 5 days, but I took time out of my day to work out and THAT'S what counts! I happened to hurt my knee during week two, which worked out for me since that is when I went to Florida, so the extended break was beneficial. My goal in February is to actually work out for 30 minutes - even if it is only 4 days a week!
- Spend More Time with my Grandmother - This has probably the hardest resolution to keep, but not because I don't want to see my grandmother! The middle of the day works best for my grandmother, but for me, that is just about when I am sucked into my computer working! I learned to call her the night before I planned on going, therefore she could plan around it and so could I. I almost missed a week, but I took time out on a Saturday to see her - which certainly made her day since she isn't used to that.
- Create a Routine - I didn't necessarily create a routine, per say. I built a Trello board to keep my to-do lists organized every day. Blog items go on my Trello board along with my business items and of course personal items. Since everyday is different, it was hard to create a true routine (i.e. write blog posts every Monday). The most "routine" part of my day is that I work out every morning around 10AM or 10:30AM - I prefer to do this after my first task of the day.
- Eliminate Negative Influences - I knew that this would be a tough one, but I make it an everyday effort to "soften" the noise from these people in my life. I have learned that less is more and I am okay with that. I may switch this around and say "surround myself with like-minded individuals" - I will get back to you on that.
- Travel More - Well, as you all know, I spent a weekend in South Florida with my cousins during the second week of January! This month, I am spending a weekend in NYC - not too far from New Jersey - but it still counts as a weekend away from "real life"! My goal with this resolution was to just get away more to refresh, nothing more - although I am planning some getaways to lands I've never been to! Stay tuned!
Overall New Year's Resolution thoughts?
I would say that they are, for the most part, a success! Yeah, there were some slight misses, but I didn't miss out on one resolution completely and that makes me happy. I truly hope that I am able to keep these through the rest of the winter and then the rest of the year. My goal is that you learned that the right resolutions can be kept and that you can alter some as time goes on. These are between you and yourself, no one else, so if your routine only consists of a to-do list, that's okay. Or if you wanted to work out and never set foot near a treadmill or gym, don't beat yourself up over it - there is always February! Half of the battle to keep your resolutions starts with your mindset. It may sound cliche, but you can do anything that you set your mind to! Stay tuned for the next update in March!
What is your New year's resolution update? I want to inspire you for the new year!
Now - I want to know - how are your new year's resolutions going? What have you missed? What have you stuck to? What can we help you with? Let us know in the comments - our goal is to inspire your for the new year and into 2018!