Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

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It's that time of year again.  I always find myself making new resolutions that I swear I'm going to stick to, but always end up breaking them.  I've made every kind of resolution you can think of.  I have promised to exercise more, drink more water, stick to my budgets, make new friends, etc.  For some reason I always end up breaking them.

I think one of the reasons I don't end up keeping my resolutions is because I don't have other people to hold me accountable.  When you share your goals with others, it's almost like rounding up your own set of cheerleaders.  They will be there when you need motivation, they will hold you accountable and pick up back up if you stumble.  No matter how big or small your goals are, having a support system is a crucial element to your success.

So with all that said.  I'm going to share with you all my goals and check in with you on how it is going.  I hope you will find some encouragement knowing that you are probably not alone.




1. EXERCISE MORE
Now I know this is one that I make every year, but I plan on keeping it this time.  I used to dance.  All day 3-4 times a week.  I loved it because it didn't seem like "excercise".  I believe that if you are doing something you love, it doesn't seem like just another workout.  And you will actually look forward to doing it!
I have my boyfriend working out with me 3-4 days/week.  I'm just starting slow walking on the treadmill, but even after a week, I feel sooo much better.  My mind feels less foggy and I just am more happy.  We love to hike, go to the gym.  And my personal favorite is dance classes.  :)  My ultimate goal is just to be healthy....the flat abs and lifted butt are just added benefits, in my opinion!  :)



2. THE "EMPTY BOTTLE" PROJECT
I can't tell you how many bottles of random cosmetics are half empty just chillin' under my bathroom sink.  I clean it out every January and I was able to fill two Target plastic sacks full of bottles of stuff I don't use anymore.
I want to use an entire bottle of moisturizer, shampoo, perfume, etc. before I go and purchase another one.  This just avoids clutter and allows me to give the product a fair chance.  I hate that I get distracted with the "latest and greatest" that I forget to use up what I have already.  This will, in the long run, save me time and money.



3. LIGHTS, CAMERA....VLOG!!!
I'm pretty excited about this one.  I look back on last year, and I don't have that many pictures.  I want to be able to look back and remember a year through lots of photos and videos.  Vlogging gives you the ability to capture your day-to-day life and share it with your friends, family and whoever else finds you entertaining.  haha.  You can capture everything form just cooking a Tuesday night dinner to vacations, events and other special moments.  I just got a new HD camera and I want to share my experiences with everyone!  :)




4. PUT MYSELF OUT THERE
I've always been a soft-spoken person.  I'm not good at sticking up for myself and I've found myself being more on the sidelines that in the middle of the action and enjoying myself.  It's strange, I feel confident on the inside, but it's hard for me to express it.  Not sure why.  I think my biggest fear is just being called "not good enough" or "dumb"or something along those lines.  Rejection is one of my biggest fears.

I'm the maid of honor for a friend's wedding this year and I'm going to have to find a way to be confident during my speech.  I'm going to land a job for what I went to school for by being confident in my skills.  I know others are proud of me.  I just want to find a way where I can be proud of myself.



5. SCARE YOURSELF SILLY
Ok, maybe not literally, but I believe in doing something that scares you at least once a month.  I don't mean like somebody jumping out from the closet, but something that gets your heart racing and gives your stomach butterflies and gives you that "I'm SO glad I did that" feeling after.  This takes the everyday-ness out of the everyday and puts that spice back into life.  Plus it will give you a good story to tell friends later on.
Here's a list of things I'm going to do that give me that "good scare".  I'm going kick my shy-ness to the side and try out for a pro football cheer team.  I don't care if I make it or not, but I just want to be able to say that I tried it & I enjoyed it.  I want to explore new places alone.  I want to nail my interviews and eventually land my dream job.  I want to try cooking new cuisines instead of the same old meat and potatoes I'm used to.  There's more, but hopefully that gives you guys some idea of what I'm talking about.


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What are some of your goals for the new year?  Comment below and tell me!  :)  Somebody else to reads this might have the same goal as you and you guys can keep each other going.

Happy Saturday Everyone!!  :)
xoxo.
Laura

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