By: Dana Zillgitt, IATG Contributor February 27, 2016
I’ve never been one for making new year’s resolutions, because I know I’ll always break them or I’ll forget about them by March only to go “Nerts!” in December. But every January, I think to myself, “20-whatever is going to be different. I’ll totally keep my resolutions this year!” False.
So this year, I’m doing something a little bit different. I’m setting general themes for the year that I’d like to see come true and then breaking each one down with different attainable goals. I’ve never done anything specific for resolutions-it was always something general like change the world or save the rainforest and maybe a whale pod, too.
This year, I’m setting goals surrounding self care and taking care of my #1 fan, me. At the risk of sounding selfish, the past few years have been draining and nowhere near where I saw myself in my 20s.
I’m taking this year, in each of my attainable resolutions, to get back on track and start actually being the woman little Dana always wanted to be. Cheesy and cliché? Yes. But is it much needed at this stage in my life? You betcha it is.
So what are some of these goals I’m setting for myself this year?
Keeping It Real
To hold myself accountable to strangers on the Internet. I’m cutting out the apologetic language I’ve become accustomed to using as well as the majority of unneeded negativity and BS that comes with growing up. Going off that last part, I’m continually putting effort into actual real friendships in my life where we talk about more than just who the ugliest Facebook baby is. Because in all honesty, growing up, I thought being popular and having an insane number of Facebook friends was more important than having a group of friends that actually had my back. I thought quantity was better than quality, and come to find out, just the opposite is true. Funny how life works out that way, isn’t it?
2. Letting Happiness RULE
This year I’m focusing on what makes me internally happy instead of what makes me look the happiest. It’s a funny line, because we’re taught from an early age that we’re supposed to be glowing outside without much thought to what’s going on internally. Other resolutions include taking strides towards a career I’m actually excited about when I wake up in the morning and start making my online presence less about what I’d like to project and more about what’s actually going on in my life. I have a good feeling that 2016 will be only as good to me as I am to myself, and I’m keen on being as loving as possible towards myself. I’m surrounded by a stupid amount of love, passion, and support, and it’s about time I started letting some of that seep into my skin.
3. Loving What’s Perfectly Flawed
But when it comes down to it, I think my main theme and goal for this year is to continue being happy and understand that every day isn’t going to be as perfect as I want it to be. I have some really great things in my life right now, and I’m taking a lot of strides to bettering my mental health in a way that makes sense for me, not for somebody else. Hopefully, everything else will fall soon into place. I’ve got a small feeling that everything’s going to work out just the way it’s meant to if I continue fighting for myself as well as continue to surround myself with the best people I can.
Got a theme for the new year? Share it here, with friends, or on a safe, online space to inspire others. Why do you think it’s more manageable to work on improving areas of your life instead of one, singular thing?
Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.
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