With each new day we have the unique opportunity to start over. I’ve read a number of blogs in the past week and one sentiment has stayed with me – working to create your best self every day, not just at the beginning of the year. After some thought, I’ve decided to share a few more “resolutions” or goals, some of which I found off my new favorite website, Thought Catalog, and others coming from my dad. He always writes the most beautiful letters and after re-reading my graduation letter over the holidays, I decided I needed to share some of these.
- When things get tough or awkward, don’t hide behind your phone or social media. This goes with my resolution to take a step back from technology and not check my phone immediately when I get up. Live more in the present.
- The grass is not always greener – in our world of social media and FOMO (fear of missing out) we may think people are having a much better time or life than we are – just take a step back and enjoy the ride – they may feel the same way about you. We must become confident of ourselves and our decisions. Life is about creating experiences and it will all work out in the end. If it does not, it’s not the end.
“Instead of living in fear that you won’t fit some prescribed mold, embrace the fact that being different opens you up to different opportunities.” (Thought Catalog)
- Take time to connect with loved ones. For me, calling home occurs every day. I’ve also made a point throughout my life to connect with my grandparents on the weekly, by phone or email as they are quite tech-savvy. Lastly to keep in contact with friends.
- Find a way to give back – I didn’t spend much time volunteering in high school but realized I wanted to find a way to get involved in the community while living in New York. When I do volunteer, I find myself oh so much more grateful for the opportunities I have and the relationships I have. This could mean volunteering at road races, homeless shelters, the humane society, or even taking care of a friend when they least expect it. I’m a strong believer in karma.
- Celebrate each day even if it means sub-freezing temperatures or endless commutes. It’s all part of life and I’ve come to learn, we can’t all have 75+ weather year-round – that’s just my hometown in Southern California 😉
- No regrets and focus on the things you can control – Always try to look forward. Learn from your past experiences but don’t dwell on them. Don’t worry about things you can’t control. What will be, will be.
- Slow down. This is something my family has always told me but of course I never really listened to. It can mean at school, work, in everyday life – take the time to appreciate what surrounds you. If you have seen the movie, About Time, you will understand what I mean. Every day may not and will not be perfect but it’s these days that make you grateful for those truly grand moments.
We must become confident of ourselves and our decisions. Life is about creating experiences and “it will all work out in the end, if it does not, it’s not the end.” – Tracy McMilan