Wait! This isn’t another one of those “New Year, New You” spiels.
I rarely stick to my New Years resolutions yet I find myself making them every year. I make excuses, get lazy, and spout the words “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “next year will be better”. What’s more, I genuinely believe it will be so. Ultimately, my (occasionally) one-track mind gets distracted by a new episode of Hollywood Game Night and my life-altering plans are put on hold because Jane Lynch and answering trivia questions seems more important.
By no means am I saying New Years resolutions are a waste of time. My own personal mistake each year is setting wildly unrealistic goals. Cut out all junk food and never taste the beauty of McDonald’s again…but what about girls nights or 2AM drunk food? Exercise after work no less than five days a week…but what about quality time with my family and How I Met Your Mother before bed?
What I don’t take into account is my current lifestyle. When it comes down to it, my lack of free time outside of work and three hour commute makes grand resolutions hard to stick with.
It’s exhausting to place demanding restrictions on yourself but it’s what we do each year because we want to be better. Really, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s natural (and almost expected) that we all put too much pressure on ourselves to change in the New Year, become the ultimate version of ourselves, and to chase the “new you”.
Don’t be the “new you”—just a better version of you with bigger dreams, more confidence, and maybe a hobby or two that doesn’t involve lurking on Facebook and living vicariously through others. Laugh more, make more of an effort with your friends, and try to find that work-life balance that’s been a harder task than carrying the ring to Mordor. Your New Years resolutions should be fun, and that’s exactly how we’re going to roll with it.
Here’s my list of easy, do-able resolutions for 2016, because hey, what better time is there to try something new than now?
- Learn a new word every week. (Merriam-Webster has a pronunciation tool that makes it easier to flawlessly incorporate your newly expanded vocab into a conversation).
- Watch more documentaries. To be clear, I don’t mean binge-watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
- Be a tourist in your own city. If anything, do it for the ‘gram because half the 6ix does it anyway.
- Sing and dance loud and proud during your drive home from work until someone in the car next to you notices. Intense, prolonged, and uncomfortable eye contact is also encouraged.
- Buy a morning coffee for the person behind you in line.
- Make the chop. You’ve been debating it for months, just do it. It will grow back.
Take that vacation you’ve been saving up for and be free. Go topless for a day! I can’t think of a better place to #freethenipple than on the beach. Eurotrip anyone?
- Be that invaluable friend who makes the first move to rally everyone together for group dinners or nights out. It’s well worth the work and they’ll thank you for it.
- Learn how to make one grown-up cocktail really, really well. As much as I wish it weren’t true, you can’t host an adult dinner party with a tray of vodka crans and Jell-O shots (well, not every time at least).
- Dance naked in your bedroom or apartment, Molly Ringwald style. Up to you whether you close the curtains.
- On that note, spend less time wearing pants. Pants are the enemy.
- Unfollow anyone who makes you feel small and less accomplished (only you can end hate stalking).
- Once you do that, spend less time on social media because comparing yourself to others is inevitable. Focus on your friends and the food at dinner rather than documenting what it looks like, or spend one day on transit without looking at your phone once.
- Invest in shower speakers. I’m waiting on a study that proves that listening to music while bathing is good for your mental health.
- Stop taking Instagrams of your legs on a bed with a cup of coffee and your laptop. Please. The world has seen them all. THERE ARE NO MORE ITERATIONS OF THIS SHOT LEFT.
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