What's the Significance?
I chose these 12 resolutions to work towards. The following post will tell you more about them!
1. Walking My Dog
My family has two miniature dachshunds that were gifted to us by a rescue organization. Buzz, my pup, is about 5 pounds overweight for his size!! Oops.
2. LEarning a New Skill
Learning new things keeps the mind young and leads to greater opportunities. There are a lot of things I haven't learned and will never learn unless I take the initiative to learn them. I'm never going to magically start knowing Italian or be able to program apps or master a new form of art until I face it head on! This resolution will push me to expand my knowledge and bring me satisfaction as I improve (or at least have fun trying) these new skills.
3. Making Time for those Who MAtter
There are a lot of people who matter to me: my parents, sister, friends, boyfriend, and coworkers. Unfortunately I am a homebody. Even when my friends message all excited about a sleepover they're having, I can't get myself to feel as excited until I'm actually there with them. I enjoy spending time with all of these people, but hardly ever make the move myself to actually arrange to do something.
How I will make time for those who matter: I will arrange to get together with my friends more often, make sure I have nights to stay home with my family, brainstorm interesting date ideas, and make time to hang out one-on-one with my sister (a rare occurrence).
4. Finish a Long-Term Project
Nearly all of us have some sort of project we've been putting off for way too long! Whether it be finally sorting out your clothes closet to finishing a creative project you started months ago to reading the stack of books you checked out from the library and forgot about, there is unfinished business that needs to be taken care of!
Long-Term projects I will finish: finish a 50,000 word novels (I've been working on one for years, so close yet so far away), read my stack of library books, and sort through all of my closets and drawers.
5. Practicing Mindfulness
Sometimes I get a little caught up in my own affairs. Sometimes I let this seep into my interactions with others. Occasionally I have a tendency to interrupt while others are talking, don't filter enough of what comes out of my mouth, and have trouble seeing the other side of disagreements.
How I will be more mindful: filter what I say, complain less, listen when others are talking, consider the wants and needs of others.
6. Commiting to Volunteer
Volunteering can be done on many different levels. It can range from helping out at community events, assisting family members when they move homes, offering to do dishes, or being that one person who finally agrees to answer the teacher's question so class can move forward (this seems to happen a lot!)
How I will commit to volunteer: get signed up as a dog walker at the Humane Society, do more household chores without being asked, be more willing to help when others ask for it.
7. Managing My Emotions
This one will be a toughie. I experience rather extreme highs and lows of emotion and my actions are very much persuaded by how I feel. For example, when I don't like how far my boyfriend wants us to run, I simply don't talk to him the entire way. Now that's mighty immature of me! When irritated I stop talking to those who irritated me. When I get sad, angry, or am touched (such as by a happy movie ending) I cry. This will be harder to work on than the others because I have little control as to when I'll be emotional, but I will do my best! :)
How I will control my emotions: learn about calming techniques, learn ways to stop crying (such as pressing my tongue into the roof of my mouth), imagining how other people feel when I don't talk to them out of anger.
8. Thinking of Other People
Keeping others in mind is a great way to have successful social interactions. I've realized other the years that I sometimes have trouble getting excited for other people when good things happen to them. I also forget on occasion to remember birthdays and the importance of empathy.
How I will think of other people more: be excited for others, empathize, make note of all birthdays.
9. Being More Neat and Tidy
This is more about personal cleanliness for both home and body. I don't like doing laundry, but I also don't like having dirty clothes all over the floor. Sometimes I don't feel like washing my face twice a day, but I also don't like breaking out. Through this resolution I will work at keeping both my space and my person more neat and tidy.
How I will be more neat and tidy: pick up bedroom daily (after an initial big clean this shouldn't take too much time), follow skin care routine twice a day (even if feeling lazy), do two household chores a day (breaking up over the week as opposed to all on Sunday), use lotion and chapstick before bed.
10. Learning More About the WOrld
The world is a large and colorful place. There are also parts of it that are dark and sinister. However, I am not highly informed about either. I recall virtually nothing from history class, don't keep up with world news, and do not know much about different cultures or lifestyles. I have a desire to keep expanding my knowledge outside of the classroom and throughout adulthood.
How I will learn more about the world: read more nonfiction (it's actually a really exciting section of the library- so many topics!), read more world news each week, learn more about different cultures and time periods (this can also be accomplished through nonfiction).
11. Practicing Moderation
This resolution is mostly about no overeating. I love food and love eating, to put it simply! Sometimes when things taste good, I eat way more than I should (basically at some point of every day)! Unfortunately because of my height and body type, my estimated calorie maintenance point is only about 1700 whereas with my current eating habits would need to be more around 2300. So I need to start paying more attention to food labels to make sure I don't gain more weight (I've gone up about 6 pounds since January- oh no!!!)! I also want to moderate my screen time because I do more productive things when not in front of a screen!
How I will practice moderation: try out eating three square meals a day (a lot of my overeating comes from snacking), create meal listings that total about 500 calories (this way I won't have to worry so much about calories and it gives me a 1400 calorie safety net each week if friends want to go out for ice cream, we make s'mores over a campfire, etc.), limit screen time (apart from blogging and writing).
12. Working Towards Better Fitness
I feel as if this is a common goal among many people. I want to get leaner and stronger (I knew there was a problem when I broke a sweat trying to carry a watermelon from the car to the house). I can accomplish this by dedicating more time to physical fitness. I also want to improve running. It's getting better, but I have a ways to go yet!
How I will become more fit: do arm workouts with dumbbells, be more diligent about doing pilates (I started a fitness instagram!), and continue running with the goal of adding distance.
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!