Hi Everyone!

So, it’s that time of year. Where everyone makes a list of things that they want to accomplish within the coming year. Pretty much every year, everyone’s list eventually gets thrown to the side to focus on other more important things.Let me start this off by saying, I am so one of those people. Every year I make a resolution for myself, it usually revolves around losing weight or just doing better…  Being a better person, student, daughter, friend, etc. Every single year I fall short of my goals, I have one too many cheat meals or I fall behind in homework assignments, I lose touch with a friend. It’s so funny that these little things stop all of the progress that we have made! Instead of standing up and brushing myself off, I would feel guilty. I would let that guilt eat me alive and it would result in me feeling depressed or eating too much or falling even more behind. So, why do we let these little failures overcome us? This year, that is all going to change!

By the grace of God I found out about a girl named Lauryn, I believe one of her scopes was shared by someone I follow and I watched the one about New Year’s resolutions. I watched it and I was immediately inspired! She reminded not only me, but I’m sure tons of people to let go of all of our guilt we have been harboring from uncompleted resolutions in the past. Just let it all go, it’s a new year, we deserve a fresh start, we have to forgive ourselves for our past shortcomings. She went on to explain all of the key steps in making sure that you keep your new year’s resolutions, I will share those below. She even gave the viewers this amazing printable to help start their resolutions. She goes on to instruct us to pick a word to be the theme of our upcoming year.

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So, she starts off by asking:

  1. What would you do if it was your last year on Earth?
  2. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

She then gives her viewers some advice to cement their goals:

  1. Write them down
  2. Make them visible
  3. Share with others

She also gave some great motivational phrases:

  • There is no substitute for a decision
  • Frustration is a positive emotion. Ambitious people get frustrated!
  • Comfort zones are UNCOMFORTABLE!

Then she goes into the details of her printable…

First, you pick your word… Mine is Overcome. I want to overcome my past shortcomings. I want to overcome being self conscious all the time because of my weight. I want to overcome my fear of losing weight. I want to overcome my fear of succeeding. I want to overcome all of the nasty words said to me in the past about my weight. I want to… and I will.

Next, she has a couple of sentences for you to complete:

  • What I want in 2016 is: to live a happier, healthier, and more organized life.
  • What I need in 2016 is: to create a healthier version of myself and to learn to love myself
  • What I will share in 2016 is: my journey. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I will share my authenticity.
  • In 2016 I will succeed at: being happier, healthier, and more organized. I will not give up on myself.

The other side of the printable has some more questions. This side of the printable is meant to be read as an affirmation to yourself… For yourself.

It starts off like this:

In 2016 I will…

Overcome

I will make more time for myself, building my blog, and becoming a better version of myself.

And spend less time wasting time (procrastinating) and watching tv

I will create an amazing, authentic blog

I will focus on mine and my partner’s happiness and health

I will learn to have more patience and motivation.

Laziness will be a thing of the past!

This is my year!

Hearing all that Lauryn had to say was really uplifting. I have always been a person that has focused on her shortcomings rather than her accomplishments and to hear someone say that those shortcomings don’t define you was really inspiring. It helped me to remember that everyone has shortcomings. Everyone experiences these feelings.. AND that’s okay! It’s okay to have failed in the past, because failure doesn’t define me. How I pick myself up and dust myself off and keep moving is what defines me. So, I am ready to make this year my year!

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So, I am working on a solution that seems right to me! I have always just given up on resolutions before… This year, that all changes! I had this huge corkboard in my office and I split it down the middle with ribbon, I made one side for me and one for my boyfriend and this has become our vision board! I have put pictures of all different things that inspire me. I have some quotes, I have a picture of a Biggest Loser contestant’s before and after. But I did have one focal point: Ronda Rousey. Many people have harsh opinions of her… I don’t. She truly is, in my opinion, a feminist icon. She shows that women are allowed to speak their minds and not be apologetic and she shows that strong is sexy. Women can have muscles and be built and still be beautiful, and being in that kind of shape has always been one of my goals! Along with having the vision board, my boyfriend and I have decided to make four goals each week for ourselves. For our first week my goals are:

  • to meet my water goal every single day – my goodness, it’s a lot of water.
  • take 2 big walks daily – each a mile long – one with the dogs and one without the dogs.
  • track all my food – write it in my Erin Condren Wellness Planner – then at night put everything into the Fitbit app for calorie counting purposes
  • Measure all the food I eat

While these goals are not huge, they are big for me. These steps are steps that I have failed to take before and honestly, they are vital when it comes to my overall health.

So, were any of you guys inspired by Lauryn’s periscope? What is your word for this year? How do you plan to carry out your New Year’s Resolutions? Please, let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for weekly updates on my New Year’s resolutions!

LoveMariah