My three 2017 resolutions
Below are three short, simple and to-the-point resolutions I'm holding myself accountable to do in the upcoming year.
1. Write for kicks.
For a Christmas gift, a friend of mine gave me a notebook with a note attached to the front, encouraging me to write more: "One thing I encourage you to do is take a step back from your busy life and simply write. Not for anyone else — just yourself. You deserve it."
- Utilize this site.
- I want to use this blog space as a creative outlet to write about and share what's going on in my life, what I'm learning about and what I'm interested in at the moment.
- Send more mail.
- I have a few friends at a other colleges I don't get to see as often as I'd like but would still like to communicate with in a more thought-out way than commenting "YAS GURL!" under their latest Instagram photo. Although we've been sending mail back and forth since we began college three years ago, I'd like to do it more frequently and get more creative with the packages and cards I send.
- Share writing with others.
- Whether it be my writing or someone else's, I want to share more good articles with my friends and family, whether that means printing them off and mailing them or simply sharing it with them through a Twitter direct message.
2. Read more.
This year, I want to read more articles, periodicals and books — something I've loved to do since I was little but have a hard time setting aside time to do now.
- Subscribe to my local paper.
- Buy more print.
- Go through my bookmarked articles.
- A long time ago, I started bookmarking an excessive number of articles on Twitter by liking them to refer back to. It's gotten crazy, but I want to continue setting aside time each day to read a few to lighten the load. Here a few from the stash I read recently I found interesting: (1) To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation about the presidential mail room, (2) Inside the New Teen Vogue, and (3) Meet the Designers Behind Your Favorite Dolls’ Clothes.
3. Continue meditating.
I began my mindfulness and meditation journey when I took a class this past semester, and I've already seen enough of a change in my behavior that I'd love to continue my practice. I have a lot to learn.
- Do it every day.
- I want to keep myself accountable to meditate daily, even if it is in a small way, like deep breathing in and out 10 times when I'm sitting in traffic.
- Utilize guided resources.
- My instructor introduced my class to an app called Insight Timer, which is full of guided meditations for any time and any reason. I like the talk-through full body scan ones best. I've also liked the moment of peace I get when I check my virtual succulent plants on the app Viridi, which is available for your desktop, iPhone or Android. You get to see the plants grow and tend to the garden each day — which is unusually serene and calming for an app.
- Get others into the practice.
- I want to work on getting those close to me into practicing meditation along with me. Through our in-class practices, I learned that I like the powerful feeling I get when I meditate with others, and I'd love to continue practicing with someone else sometimes, even if I'm not meeting with a class now.
Thanks for reading. Here's to a 2017 full of happiness and growth!