* all pictures are credited to the amazing Gaby Compres. I borrowed them from her inspiring Insta feed. Check it out !
New Year resolutions are hard to keep and even hard to remember by the time spring emerges. And to be honest, the feeling of a new year resolution feels a little insincere to me. So I went on a hunt for some other things I could do in the new year. Of course, like everything in my life – I’m a bit late on sharing my findings.
But who’s to say you HAVE to start on Jan 1. I’m not starting til Monday 😉
Check out these ideas if you’re looking to ditch the concept of a new year resolution. (Sorry NY resolution, it’s just got to be done)
Select a single word. Focus on it. Breathe it. Be it. You can choose anything. Great examples are… Grow. Present. Vulnerable. Confidence. Find a word that suits your best self and who you want to be.
Create a mission statement. A mission statement may seem a bit formal, but you could have fun with it. Plus it’s a great form to guide you through 2016. I found this neat-o website that can help you build a personal mission statement, and it’s free!
Choose a quote. Embody it. Live it out. Breathe it. Be it. Make it your mantra.
Create a Dream Journal. Let your mind and your soul be free. Scribble all your dreams. Fill the white pages with color, with life, with love and aspirations. Doodle the places you want to go, paint what you feel in your chest, in your gut. Collage yourself and your life. Speak. Feel. Be. – in that journal.
Try something for JUST 30 days. I watched this amazing TED talk by Matt Cutts. Watch this video, get inspired, and test his theory. Only 30 days and you can try something new, make a new habit, and even change your life.
List 101 in 1001. If you find one year to be just not enough time to do all the things you want to do. This popular challenge asks you to list out 101 tangible things (but don’t be afraid to dream a little!) and make a goal of completing them in 1001 days. Try to look ahead, but also think of how you can make your everyday life enjoyable if you take up the challenge of making one of these lists.
Create a bucket list. Make a list of all the places you want to go and the things you want to do. Check out mine for inspiration!
Make a change. New year, new you, right? You don’t have to flip your life upside down in the new year, but consider making a change. Do something a little daring you’ve always wanted to do. Dye or cut your hair, get a tattoo, change your job, move, or whatever will make your heart sing. Change is good, even in small amounts.
The most important part is to write it down, type it out, paint it, color pencil it, whatever – Just get that New Year goal into writing and somewhere where you will see it. I plan to hand letter and water color mine, then frame it and put it on my desk at work.
But what I chose? You’ll just have to wait to find out 🙂
Have you made a New Year resolution or are you considering taking up one of these alternatives?