Human beings are notorious for not keeping New Years Resolutions.
I fully accept that I fall 100% into the category of those who fall off the wagon before the end of January. Shortly before every New Years Eve, I tell myself that I’m going to get healthy and pay off debt in the coming year. I always seem so sure that the next year will be my year! Yet every year, after a few weeks into January, I’ve lost all hope that things will change and I go back into my same patterns: living outside of my means and using food as a source of release from stress and anxiety.
This year, my Resolution is a different. This year, I am 100% confident that I will achieve it. Instead of having a huge lofty Resolution like losing 60 pounds or paying off $10,000 in debt, I am starting off small. This year, I am resolving to love myself more. It’s not very often you hear of someone having a New Years Resolution to love themselves more. Hear me out for a second. One thing I’ve realized in this last year is that it all comes down to loving ourselves. If I love myself more, chances are high that I’ll eat more nutritious food. I’ll eat better because I’ll know that my body deserves the best. If I love myself more, chances are also high that I’ll spend less carelessly because I’ll have a better vision of where I want my money to go.
In 2018, I am resolving to slow down, be more kind to myself and show myself more love. I’ll show myself more love in whatever ways feel right to me. This could be sticking to yoga, eating more vegetables, changing my mindset around money. If it doesn’t feel good to me, I will have no part of it. Sometimes we can get so caught up in constantly running around, doing things for others and forgetting to take care of ourselves first. If we don’t fill up our own cup first, it’s impossible to give to others. I am confident I will keep this resolution to love myself because by the end of 2017, I had reached the point of exhaustion and I realized that self love truly matters more than I’ve ever given it credit for. I know I can keep it because for once, my Resolution feels possible. It feels exciting and gives me something to look forward to. In past years, my Resolutions always seemed like I was punishing myself. The days of punishing myself for past mistakes are over. Instead, I’ll be showering myself with love.