Another year has come and gone, and once again, it feels like it went by in the blink of an eye. Already it’s time to talk about New Years resolutions. Have you thought about making any New Years resolutions? Sometimes it seems like such a chore. Which is why I’m coming to you with New Years resolutions that don’t suck. Because I feel like, for women especially, every year we’re bombarded with resolutions like “lose weight” and/or “try this juice cleanse!” and I’m like, well, this sucks. I want something real, something I can sink my teeth into, and a juice cleanse isn’t going to do that.
So here are some resolutions, and I hope you find them helpful!
Are you still smoking? Why? You know it’s bad, m’kay? Make this the year you quit. I know, it’s nice to have smoke breaks. It’s nice to have an ice-breaker. You know what’s not nice? What smoking actually does to your body and mind. So without getting too preachy about this, I’d like to humbly suggest that you make 2015 the year that you quit. If you’re worried you can’t do it, just know that I believe in you — and sometimes, all you need is one person who does!
Or, if you can’t love yourself, learn to at least accept yourself. Because the thing is, if you don’t love yourself, you’re not going to be able to love anyone else. it’s cliché but it’s true. Have you tried to love someone when you hate yourself? It’s difficult. If you can’t love yourself then at least accept yourself. And if you can’t do that without losing weight or something, then hey, that’s fine — just don’t make it an unhealthy obsession. Lose weight because you want to feel better.
It’s so easy to put friendships aside with everything we’ve got going on — like work and relationships — but you need to do more than just keep up via Facebook and Instagram. You need to actually see them in person, and often. What’s the old saying about friendships being like a garden — you have to keep them watered so they can keep growing? Did I just make that up? But anyway, you get the point. You gotta go out there and see your friends!
It’s time to get an especially “adult” resolution in here, and I’m making it about money, because what’s more adult than that? But really, if you’re bad at budgeting, make this the year to start being good at it. Because it’s important. If you can’t make a simple budget, you’re gonna have a bad time in life. Start small. Start by making a budget of groceries and move on to bills. It’s boring as hell, but important to do.
Stop procrastinating!…tomorrow. Ha ha ha, no, but seriously, procrastination is the devil, and it’s time to overcome it. If you must procrastinate, then put this off until the 2nd of January, but no later! One way to get over procrastination is to offer yourself two options when it comes to performing your dreaded task: you either do it, or you do nothing. You just sit there and literally do nothing. When faced with doing nothing, doing your task becomes all that better.
What New Years resolutions are you making, and more importantly, keeping?
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Almie Rose is a writer from Los Angeles. She has a blog, Apocalypstick. In addition to Dating & Hookup she also writes for Hello Giggles, The Frisky, Thought Catalog, and Genlux Magazine. Her book, I Forgot To Be Famous, is out now. You can follow her on twitter @apocalypstick. Her favorite pastime is eating and drinking and sleeping and then eating again.
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