Well hello there 2017. Wow. Cue: all the 'this year has flown by' comments, which are totally true - it has.
A few days before New Years Eve, I took a spin class at the Y. Finding a great instructor who can not only kick your booty, but simultaneously motivate you at the same time is a hard thing to come by, especially one that motivates the entire class. I'm talking about the ones that get the whole class to stay upbeat, sing to the music, and get in a great workout. Well, I found one. If you go to any of the YMCA's in the Charlotte-area, DM me and I'll let you know her name!
During her class, Drake's 'One Dance' came on and she told everyone to stop dwelling on the negative things that happened in 2016, but focus on one positive moment/thing/memory that we'd give 'one more dance'. As small as the comment sounds, it was quite refreshing to think about something positive that happened in 2016 rather than focus on the negatives. I'll get to my favorite moments of 2016 in my next post, but it might be some food for thought for you all.
As I compiled a few of my own New Year Resolutions, I made sure they were not only attainable, but ones that could stick with me throughout the entire year. So here we go:
- Worry less. Go with the flow more. | My brain is always thinking, over-analyzing, worrying, you get the picture. Maybe it's because I'm in the creative field? Who knows, but it's something that I continuously have to work on.
- Stay in the moment. | I'm guilty of being too consumed with my phone. The other week when it was broken (for oh you know, the third time), it was actually pretty liberating to not have it at my side for every minute of the day. Whether I get the chance to read for 30 minutes a night or just shut my phone down before I go to bed (that whole scrolling endlessly through Instagram at night could really mess up my sleep schedule) can greatly help me stay in the moment rather than being consumed by my phone.
- Buy coffee out less. | Ok, ok, I'm guilty of buying coffee out...a lot. I'm not even sure if it's the coffee I absolutely must have or if in fact, it's just the habit of going to a coffee shop. Whichever it may be, spending money out on coffee a few times a week can add up, quickly. Instead of grabbing a cafe au lait before work, I'm opting to make coffee at work.
- Stay in your own lane. | This might sound a little odd, but one of my favorite bloggers mentions this mantra a lot in her posts. It's so easy to get caught up in everyone else's lives, their paths, their careers, their engagements, weddings, vacations (you get the idea) - that it has the ability to really put me down. It's easy to feel like you're not on the "right" track or to compare yourself to others, especially with the power of social media sharing, however, being content with where I am right now is something that I'm going to work on.
- Drink more water. | I drink a lot of coffee and sometimes go throughout the day without drinking a glass of water. Definitely something I'm going to push myself to do.
- Focus more on my creative outlets. | As many of you know, I'm a writer at heart. Since I write all day at work, it's so easy for me to put down my laptop and take a breather post-work. Since writing is really the last thing I want to do when I get home, I'm planning on pushing myself to power through that creative void.