At the beginning of every year I feel almost sick to my stomach with anticipation, nerves, and excitement. This year, I felt none of that. 2017 held some of the best moments in life so far. Perhaps I didn't feel nervous leaving 2017 behind because I knew 2018 was a new beginning with even greater moments to be made.
If you have been reading my blog for quite a while, you know that my resolutions have always been a checklist. Something that I can do and then checkoff, but this year I want to cultivate feelings more than a checklist. I want to truly live better by living, not by making my checklist longer.
Of course, there are some 'bucket-list-esque' resolutions this year, but most of this years resolutions are to help live more simple and healthy.
So, every year I have a couple words and phrases that I want my 2018 to embody.
Words/Phrases of the year:
-Nurture- care for and encourage the growth and development of.
-Embrace- act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically.
Wide Open Spaces- Who has never struck out? Room to make a big mistake. New faces. Just like the Dixie Chicks, we all need wide open spaces to grow and learn lessons.
I am starting a new habit this year. It is called "moments of the year." These are moments that I want to experience more in 2018.
Moments of the year:
-Big belly laughs
I want to have those moments of pure happiness. Laughing so hard you are in tears. I want to seek the friendship that cultivates true happiness. I didn't have enough of these moments in 2017.
-Soul and Kitchen Floor conversations
I love deep conversations. Those conversations that aren't easy, but the person your sharing with gets it, so it doesn't feel like a burden. Those dreamer conversations over coffee. Those spontaneous text messages saying "you are brave, you got this." More of that in 2018!
I am NOT a hugger, but I want to be. I want to be that "I'm coming in (for a hug)" person. I will get there.
-Grocery Store/Hallway/Coffee Shop Impromptu Dances
@iamhertribe on Instagram has really been an inspiration to me. She calls her resolutions 'intentions'. One of her intentions for 2018 is movement. This morning she posted a beautiful, seemingly poetic post.
"movement without a care of what it looks like, with only one intention–to feel something." Ahh, I love it! Seriously, go follow her!
Nurture my body.
-I really believe cutting out meat in 2017 did a lot of good for my health, so I will continue this in 2018.
-Running is something I have learned to enjoy in the later half of 2017 and something I intend to stick with in 2018.
-Drinking lots of water
-Drinking water is a natural way of ensuring that your body is well taken care of and cleansed.
-Taking your vitamin after you eat lunch
-Some nutrients can be missed out on when eating vegan and since health is my top priority I will take a vitamin to make sure that those nutrients are not skipped out on.
-Cleansing your skin and self pampering
-Cleaning and caring for your skin is a very good habit to pick up while in college. The habits that we form now are ones that will stick with us throughout our life.
-Wear clothes that make you feel confident! -Dont waste your life wearing clothes that are drab and don't make you feel fabulous!
Nurture my faith.
-Read scripture everyday and journal.
-A verse a day or a book a day. Either way, I want to make sure that I stay grounded in my faith by reading scripture everyday.
-Pray everyday. -As well as reading the scripture, it is important that I begin praying everyday. Prayer is how you begin to grow your relationship with God. Even though He knows everything about you, you can never know enough about Him.
Nurture my soul.
-Listen to more music. -Listen to more music, bad or good.
-Be around fun people. -Don't waste your life around toxic people.
-You are starting so many new things and you should go into this year with no fear. You are amazing. HE WILL PROVIDE!
-Run a 10k.
-Do something that scares you every month!
-Travel 3 NEW places.
-Who knows where God will take me this year? Philly? California?
-Do one thing alone each week.
-I need to work on my independence!
-Learn something new!
- Learn something crazy, new, fun, weird, but just learn!
-Listen. -Be quiet and still long enough to allow another person to be heard!
-Start a ministry.
-Be on the lookout.
-Start a YouTube?
This is a new beginning! Remember, life doesn't wait. Be fearless.
If you made it to the end of my borderline excel spreadsheet 2018 resolutions post, then leave a comment. Let me know what one of your resolutions are! Is this year a year of new beginnings for you?
Thank you for reading!