A new year marks a clean slate that we’ve been given. It gives us hope at starting fresh whether that be improving ourselves, tackling a problem, or simply just doing better than we had the previous year. Resolutions are a fun way of setting goals for the new year. Regardless of whether these resolutions stay intact for the entire year or just for a few months, I find that in my case it’s much better to have resolutions than to not. With that said, here are my resolutions for 2017!
Meditate Every Day
I dug a little deeper with meditation in 2016 and really found it to help me and the slight anxiety I began to have. Just a quick body scan and a check in with yourself have proven benefits! It wasn’t until reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris that I began to seek ways to meditate.
I already attend Urban Zen classes when I’m starting to stress and yoga has been god-sent – I literally think I’d be a crazy person if it weren’t for yoga (I blame living in the city for the craziness) so I will continue to sprinkle those in my week. To help me meditate every day, I’ve downloaded a few apps to help. I’m using Headspace, a subscription-based meditation app that guides you through daily and subject-specific (Relationships, Performance, Health, etc) meditations. Another app that I plan on using is Stop, Breathe, and Think – a free app with a list of meditations (both free and to buy) to help you through almost anything (insomnia, gratitude, sadness, etc).
Keep Doing Things
I’ve become addicted to taking group fitness classes through Classpass (you can get $30 credit for signing up here). Though I’ve lost the option to do Classpass Unlimited I plan on staying as a member with the 10 classes/mo option. In addition to those 10 classes, I was lucky to be gifted a class pack at my favorite studio, Skyting! I’m not working out to lose weight, I’m working out for my general wellness. There’s something about wrapping up a challenging class and feeling accomplished at the last hour you spent getting your butt kicked! And it’s not just classes that I’m planning on increasing my attendance with; if I can opt to walk more than cabbing or taking mass transit I plan on doing so! Because even the littlest of things like walking home or stretching helps with the bigger goal of doing things.
Journal Every Day
When I say ‘Journal Every Day’ I don’t necessarily mean the ‘Dear Diary’ type of journaling. Within the last year or so I bought one of those 5-year Journals where it prompts you to write a quick blurb each day, lending a different topic for every day. I failed with that – about halfway through the year I ‘forgot’ to write my one sentence for the day. Whether it’s answering the question of the day or reflecting that day’s events and writing a quick recap – I’d love to jot down an idea or thought each day. I feel like this could be entertaining at the end of the year to read back on those thoughts.
This resolution is going to be challenging right off the bat but traveling is what I crave and I hope to jump at every opportunity to travel within the next year.
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix about Minimalism and it sparked this idea and resolution; not to become a minimalist (because that can be extreme) but to minimize. Minimize the amount of clothing I purchase and have.. minimize the amount of beauty and skincare products.. basically minimize the amount I spend on things that aren’t quite necessary. I was digging through my make up drawer and saw that I had 10 different mascaras and I’ve only been using 2! Granted that many were gifted, did I need to keep holding onto these if I had no plans to use them? They weren’t sparking joy in me, so why was I holding onto them? I have about 5 different face moisturizers currently sitting in my drawer – all have never been opened and have been stocked for the future. But would I remember that I had those products waiting for me; would the temptation to purchase the newest product still overcome me? I plan on going through all my belongings and Konmari method my entire closet. They say one of the keys to happiness is a cleaner and more organized living space, right?
Do you create resolutions when the new year rolls around? What are your resolutions? I’d love to hear! Whether you have one main resolution or a laundry list of things you want to accomplish for the new year, I hope 2017 treats you well! Happy New Year!
Till next time.. ♥Mariel
Hi! I'm Mariel, a thirty-something working & living in Manhattan. I write about my lifestyle in the city, beauty, and wellness! - xo, MM