It’s a new year!!! 2017!! The new year always brings about feelings of renewal and longing to bring on a whole new YOU. While half the time people only make resolutions because they feel like they are obliged to, resolutions aren’t really necessary. It’s healthy and encouraged to try to better yourself in any way you may choose, but not when it sets you up to feel discouraged.
The new year can be intimidating; everyone is making resolutions and goals and broadcasting these goals to their friends and families. But is it necessary to make specific resolutions? Why not focus on making personal changes that are a sure way to better yourself while still allowing you to feel happy and accomplished come the end of the year?! The tips below are meant to make you feel like you are LIVING life, so when the end of 2017 rolls around you can feel like you accomplished something, even if it isn’t the ‘typical’ goals everyone normally works toward.
How to LIVE more in 2017!
Travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.
It may be within the state or across the country.
Give to 5 new charities that have personal meaning to you or that you simply think are an amazing cause.
Giving to deserving organizations not only helps them out, but it nourishes your soul. People sometimes say that it’s not really a good deed when it makes you feel good too, but what’s wrong with that?! You are doing something nice, and you should feel good about that! If you can’t give money, consider volunteering your time to help put gift bags together for needy families or serve at a food kitchen on a busy holiday.
Try a new workout you never thought you’d like.
You may find a new passion. You never know until you try!
Leave your phone at home.
How many amazing sunsets have you spent looking at them through the screen of a phone? How many awesome nights with friends have you spent with your nose in your phone? I’m guilty of it, and you’re most likely guilty of it. Try putting those phones away more in 2017!
Don’t fret on “the norm”.
Why do you have to do things simply because that’s what everyone else is doing? You don’t. Start being your own person, and quit fretting on if you are doing things the same way as everyone else. It’s okay and absolutely healthy to be different! Other people’s opinions don’t define your reality.
Stop saying ‘no’ to social activities.
Start saying ‘yes’ to that date, ‘yes’ to that girls weekend, ‘yes’ to dinner with colleagues. Saying ‘yes’ opens your life up to different possibilities and interactions.
Start saying ‘no’ to social activities; you need some time for yourself too ya know.
Haha, I know… but it’s all about balance.
Learn to let go.
Start letting go of people who have hurt you or that give you negative thoughts. Let go of people who consistently try to one-up you or put you down, and learn to forgive those who have wronged you. Try to see the bright side of their situation. Just take a deep breath and exhale anything or anyone that doesn’t suit you this year. Focus on making friends that actually care about your well-being and want to see you succeed in life! …And friends that you can have awesome adventures with!
Take the leap on something you’ve been smoldering on for a while! Go after what you want! Be fearless!
Stop putting it off until tomorrow! Life is too short to wonder what might have been. I don’t know what this means to you, but I bet you do. 🙂
Research how you can live your most healthy life possible, then take baby steps to get you there.
This may mean diet alterations, lifestyle choices, or mindset modifications. Working on yourself on your own terms and at your own pace can feel empowering and give you new energy and maybe even new experiences!
Try to make at least one stranger smile every week.
They are someone’s sister, brother, mother, father, grandparent, etc. If they look like they are having a bad day, a simple smile or conversation can shift their whole day. Always remember – smiles are contagious and kindness is free!
Compliment people on their personality and character instead of on their clothing or accessories.
This shows that you notice them for THEM, not their superficial belongings.
Eat what you want.
Well, in moderation of course. You only live once, and there’s no point in fretting on diet all day when you could be spending your time out living! Yet don’t go overboard either. You can’t really enjoy life if you are ill. Food is what nourishes you and keeps you healthy after all. It’s all about balance! 🙂
Introduce yourself as the hobbies you enjoy rather than as your work “title.”
For example…. My name is Chelsey, and I’m an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys researching the secret life of plants while engaging with humans that make my soul smile and activities that get my heart racing.” And then state your title, if you so desire. You are more than your job and your degree!
Focus on being positive!
Don’t let negative thoughts be your downfall. I personally feel that there is so much more to life when you are positive. Plus, positivity is contagious, and that smile looks good on you! Check out this post on how changing your mindset can change your life!
I can’t say this one enough! Be thankful for your family, your home, the food on your plate, the smile on your face, the air you breathe and the clean water you drink. Be thankful for the pollinators, the sun, and the kind old lady at the supermarket. Be thankful for those people who may have life rough, but that keep a smile on their face and continuously show us how to be brave and strong and just how beautiful life can really be even at our darkest hours. Be thankful that you can buy a winter coat and boots, that you can choose what you want to eat for dinner, and for the fact that you can hear the birds singing or see the fall colors. THE WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL, and for that, I personally am thankful.
Now disregard this entire article if you so choose, and do whatever makes you feel like you are LIVING life! Be fearless folks – there’s a lot of life to live out there! 🙂