So this year, I'm going to try again and perhaps get a little further along. I came across a quote the other day that said "If No One Else Does, I Still Will". I cannot remember who said it but I plan to use this as my basis for 2014 and though it is a resolution in itself, I'll apply it to my other resolutions.
Now, coming up with resolutions was actually quite difficult. I have forever been trying to one up myself and many of my friends will agree that I say "always try to improve" a little excessively. But when it came to choosing an aspect that I'd like to focus on in 2014 I had troubles. See while I do want to eat well and exercise more these are very common and I'd much rather come up with something special. At the same time I wanted others to be able to follow the same methods (or learn not to use them) to achieve their same goals. So how do you pick an original resolution that is shared by others, well...you don't. My 2014 resolution is to be a better me. I know, not very original and very vague...but true nonetheless. I did break it down into a few areas where in particular, I'd like to focus on to achieve my goal.
Planning is another area where I have fallen short many times, I wish I could say I have never procrastinated but like many, I'll often push things aside to go out and do something else. So what I've done is set out a plan for any of the important things (for me this includes writing posts and creating/updating webpages ). I wrote this all into a calendar and by following this day by day to do list, I can ensure I stay on track finishing everything long before it's deadline. I plan to do this each month, sitting down at the beginning of each to plan out my main goals and then fill in anything else as it comes up. Following this plan will ensure I do not forget anything and it will allow for time to reflect on what has gone well and what still needs improvement. In this way, I will also create a sort of New Years day feel to every month when I sit down and plan in the calendar which will help with motivation and ensure I truly am always working to improve.
Another popular resolution is the hope to eat healthier. I realize that for myself this will be difficult seeing as I am in college and will most likely fall into the typical college diet as I did last year. However, I have been making sure my fridge remains stocked full of vegetables and fruits and as a gardener I'm not too worried about having to make the proper choice between these and some less healthier food as I have always held an appreciation for fruits and vegetables (especially those that are fresh and locally grown). In the summer this will become a very easy goal to fulfill since my garden will provide more than enough healthy food. For now though, I will continue to plan out what I will plant where to ensure a continuous supply in summer and focus on eating meals which, last semester, I would occasionally skip.
One can not simply set resolutions and ignore the obvious one to spend more time outside enjoying nature and the fresh air. I have many goals for 2014 that have to do simply with my gardening and implementing those will get me outside plenty however, during my studies I find that I spend more time at this desk than I do outside. Therefore I plan to do something outside each day. Of course, this ties into many other goals such as increased activity and my resolution to begin running again so for me it is not a problem however I challenge you to get outside at least once a day no matter the weather and do something, even if it's only for a few short minutes as you walk around the block.
My final goal for 2014 is to put others before myself. I have always tried to do my part and help out whenever I've had the chance and will always stop what I'm doing to talk to anyone who needs someone to hear them out. This year however, I am hoping I'll get the opportunity to do even more. Who knows what will rear its head in the coming months (I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the year has to offer) but in the end I'm sure that 2014 will be a great year and hopefully, by the end of it, we can all be happy whether we achieved our resolutions or not!
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