Happy New Year Everyone!
Another year has gone by, and I can’t believe how much we’ve done! There is something about looking back on the past year that makes you really reflect on your life. What have you done. Where have you been. What you still want to do now that you didn’t get to last year.
In the spirit of New Years, we decided to give you some insight into our world and our resolutions. So from 5 very different and unique women, here are our separate resolutions.
My 2014 resolutions! Bring it on!
Making resolutions has kind of always been a difficult thing for me because I was under the impression they had to be concrete, definitive and measurable which can be really hard when you tend to be a bit of a commitment phobe. That and I actually never could really define any good goals, they have been defined for me for the last number of years and revolved around just trying to live and survive some hardships. Well this year I can pick ones I want….and oh man there are so many! I’ve narrowed it down to 2.
1. Learn a new language. For years I have admired people who spoke multiple languages and wished I could as well, traveling has deeply instilled this desire in me and why wait. So now I just have to figure out if doing Rosetta Stone programs, or finding an actual course or even moving temporarily to another country is the best option. Either way I am going to learn a language!
2. Take more risks. When I mentioned this to some family they looked at me incredulously as I am known for living without fear in terms of driving too fast, bungee jumping, running off last minute to other countries on vacation, and white water rafting etc But I don’t mean this in terms of physical risks. I want to take risks in my every day life and truly live without fear and not always follow practical decisions and logic and do the safe thing because its what I know. I want to open myself more to more experiences and not just ones that are allotted to me due to circumstance. I found a list I created over a year ago about the positives of chemo before I went through it and one thing on it which really echoed this, was I want to live life without fear because if I can stare my mortality in the face and not have fear what can’t I do?
Hi, my name’s Jessica and I’m a nail-biter.
That’s why my 2014 New Year’s Resolution is to stop biting my nails once and for all.
I’ve been nibbling on my nails all my life. I know it’s a disgusting habit, but it’s a habit that I haven’t been able to break. It tends to happen when I’m a) stressed, and b) I’m wearing either no nail polish or chipped nail polish. I’m more cautious of it after having my nails done, but I don’t have my nails done often.
I came close to nipping my nasty habit in the bud one time, and it was by applying Jessica’s Nibble No More. I received this anti-nail biting polish for Christmas a couple of years ago because my mother just thought the name of the brand and product was way too hilarious to NOT give me.
I plan on purchasing this product again soon to help to kick my habit. It’s $10.50, and it tastes fantastically awful.
I’ve done a lot of thinking over the past week about what my New Year’s Resolution should be this year. I have always made New Year’s Resolutions and yes, I’ve done the “lose 10 pounds”, “only eat green, healthy, mystery foods”, and “get organized” routines. However, through many trials and tribulations resulting from these resolutions I don’t think that these things should be pressured at the beginning of a year. Getting healthier should be a lifestyle change regardless of what the calendar says. I want to look back on 2014 and see myself as becoming a better person because of my mind; because I’ve accomplished something that I can take with me through life. So, I’ve decided to do something that I’ve been putting off continuously since I was fourteen. I am going to learn how to play the guitar. I mean, I’m in the music industry! People ask me all the time if I play an instrument and I sheepishly tell them “no” or that “well I played flute and piano once upon a time”. Not good enough! The only thing that is keeping me back from achieving this goal is my willpower. More than just learning how to play the guitar, I want to prove to myself that I have the diligence to learn how to play an instrument. I’ll keep you updated on my progress, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that you will soon be able to say hello to the new rock star me!
I am addicted to junk food.
Now before you start predicting my New Year’s Resolution, I would like to tell you that I am NOT giving up junk food.
Everyone has a vice, and for me it’s a bag of chips and/or a bag of candy before bed. I know…awful. I guess you could say I’m addicted to carbs, and this gluten-intolerance diet I am on is driving me to eat more and more non-wheat based junk food.
So my plan? I’m going to change it up a bit.
- Instead of eating my chips before bed, I’ll eat them as an afternoon snack. We all know that eating before bed leads to a terrible sleep and for some, weight gain.
- Cutting back – not something that I really want to do, but it’s a resolution, and sometimes it’ll be difficult.
- Substitutions – believe it or not, my favourite junk food is “Organic Cheese Pops.” You can find them in almost any grocery store or health food store. Sure, I’ll polish off a bag of these in one sitting but they don’t have trans fat or an overdose of sodium which really isn’t good for anyone.
- Eat well – I generally eat very well around my junk food, so I plan to keep this up in the new year! (That was easy.)
- Exercise – this is a popular new year’s resolution. It wasn’t supposed to be mine but I got a fitness membership for Christmas so it just fits! Exercise is good for everyone, so I’m going to dig out my bathing suit from the bottom of my closet and get into some swimming fitness classes!
So that’s it…If I can do it, you can do it. Making small adjustments to your already successful life will ensure resolution success!!
Happy New Year, Snobs!
My resolutions are pretty simple. I’ve done a lot to change my life in the past year. I’ve opened up my heart and my mind to new experiences and if anyone a year ago had said I’d be living with a boy, running a website, working more than one job that I love, and that I’d be feeling as healthy as I do today, well… I probably wouldn’t have believed them. If someone told me I’d enjoy going to a cottage without electricity or would actually enjoy skiing (I hate the cold), I would have punched them square in the face. My mindset, my health, my heart and everything that goes with it have been completely transformed for the better in the past year.
To move on to my actual “resolutions”, to me there is only one real resolution. Be. Happy.
- Work hard at what you love to do but allow yourself to take time off.
- Let yourself fall in love, but love yourself enough to wait for the right person.
- Have enough respect for yourself to not just eat right, work out and take care of your body, but also by letting go of the people and the stresses in your life that are unnecessary. There are 6 billion people in the world, and I can guarantee you can replace the ones that make you feel bad with the ones that help you thrive.
- If you can change something that you don’t like, change it. If you can’t, learn to love it or find a way to make it tolerable.
- Try new things. You’ll never know what makes you truly happy until you try everything.
- Care less about what other people think because in the words of Dr. Seuss:
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
In any case, no matter how you say it, all of these things are just allowing yourself to BE HAPPY.
So this is my resolution to myself, but also a challenge to all of you. We’re all our own worst critics. I know I am. So this year, learn to love yourself and learn to let yourself be happy. Look at your accomplishments and not what you haven’t accomplished yet. Feel lucky to have the things that you have, and don’t stress about the things you don’t. It doesn’t mean to stop striving for more, and it’s almost impossible to eliminate all stress from your life, but when your mind is clear of all the unnecessary stress, it’s amazing the things you can accomplish.
Happy New Year