I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions so this year I decided to try something different. I chose growth as my word of the year. The idea being that rather than coming up with resolutions I may or may not keep, all of my goals for the year will center around my word of the year for 2016: growth.
I think focusing on a word of the year rather than a bunch of resolutions is a great way to approach goal setting in the new year. Choosing word of the year will help when deciding which goals I actually want to accomplish this year because they will all have a common theme. Why put effort into anything that doesn’t center around my word of the year? Read more for specifics on how I want to grow this year.
Grow in my relationships
I plan on putting a lot of efforts into my relationships this year. Especially with Justin. As we rapidly approach the one year mark, I want to make sure that our relationship continues to grow and blossom and that each of us do as well. I want to make more friends in the area, strengthen my relationships with my friends from home, and focus more on family (both mine and Justin’s).
Grow as a writer
After my miserable NaNoWriMo attempt in 2015, I’m going to renew my focus on writing in 2016. This is one of my favorite New Year’s Resolutions and will probably (hopefully) be one that I strive towards the most. Not only do I want to write a novel in 2016 (I’m determined) but I also want to grow more as a blogger. Blogging has really been important to me in 2015 and I can’t thank you all enough for the support you’ve given me. I hope to make 2016 even better for the blog (complete with less random hiatuses, I hope).
Grow in my health
Another big moment for me in 2015 was becoming a runner and loosing 20 lbs. I hope to continue this new found fit life in 2016. While I won’t really be striving to loose anymore weight (I’m actually happy where I am currently), I do plan on bettering my running and even begin competing in races. I also really want to break my addiction to Diet Coke. I think I would feel 100 times better on a daily basis if I didn’t drink as much pop. (This is going to be even tougher than writing a novel, honestly). For me, this also means taking care of my mental health as well. While 2015 has been significantly better for my anxiety and depression, mostly in part to my amazing boyfriend, I want to make sure that I stay on top of the bad days in 2016 and to ask for help if I need it.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? How do you plan on remembering them? I personally, am going to start a bullet journal, so keep an eye out for a post to come on that! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next year, and I wish you all the happiest of New Year’s!