January 09, 2014

80 Resolutions for 2014

I read this post originally from Stephanie over at Diary of a Debutante, and it inspired me to make my own list of 100 resolutions for the year.

I know, I know. It's been a little bit more than a week of 2014 already, but hey! at least I'm making resolutions! So in order to become the best me in 2014, I'm breaking down six different sections of my life that I want to improve and resolving to do so. I'm gonna start with the disclaimer that there's a high possibility that I won't be able to do half of these in the next year, but I'm going to try and that's the most I can do. Plus, I figure if I make it public then I feel bad to break them now. So, for the next 365 (minus a week) days..
For My Health: 

1. Exercise at least 3 times a week. This one can be really difficult at times and I know there may be some weeks where I'm swamped and physically cannot workout, so I'm allowing myself to make up for the days I've skipped the following week. But at least three times a week every single week.
2. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. 
3. Try a new gym class every month. I live on campus and have our campus gym - although small and usually packed - available for free, with a ton of fun classes for me to try, so once a month I'm promising to try a new one.
4. Go a full week without a cheat meal. Sometimes if I'm cutting out carbs and I'm really craving, I'll allow myself one meal with it. I want to go one full week a month without cheating at all. Hopefully the week turns into a month and then eventually a lifestyle choice.
5. Cut out soda/diet soda from my diet. I'm not a huge soda drinker, but diet coke gets me every time. I hate drinking coffee so my caffeine fix comes from diet coke or coke zero, and I really need to cut it out of my diet and flush my system
6. Try to be in bed before 1 on weekdays. Most people are in bed before midnight on weekdays, but I have a really hard time sleeping when I'm at school and I find myself just doing random things until 3 am until I'm so exhausted I could pass out. This year, I want to regulate my sleep schedule again.
7. Prepare more meals at home. I'm lucky enough to have a kitchen in my suite on campus, and I really don't take advantage of it enough. This year I want to cook more food and stop relying on the campus cafeterias.
8. Take medication when I'm sick - something I never do!
9. Give myself a rest day when I need one.
10. Keep a journal filled with only positive thoughts. Positive energy brings positive things. 

For The Blog:

11. Try to do OOTD/fashion posts at least once a month.
12. Comment and discover a few new blogs every week.
13. Rebrand my blog and officially move across to Blogger.
14. Grow my Bloglovin' and Facebook followings by another 1,000.
15. Sponsor a new blog every month. This month, it's The Rachael Way!
16. Take more photos. I want to actually use my expensive DSLR, and not just my iPhone anymore!
17. Get more personal on the blog. I really haven't opened up much on the blog except for a few posts here and there, and I really admire bloggers who are able to do so. So this year I want to try that, although it's gonna take a while for me to get there!
18. Better my design and Photoshop skills. Hey, I'm taking a Graphic Design class this semester anyways!
19. Participate in linkups at least once a month!
20. Post and participate in my Facebook blogging groups at least once a week.

For My Education and Campus Life: 
I combined both of them, so this one's a double whammy - big money! 

21. Get the 4.0 this semester. It's possible - I know it is. 
22. Spend at least 10 hours a week extra just revising my work. That's outside of studying for tests, doing homework and going to class. (gotta get the 4.0!) 
23.Get up by 9 am everyday. My earliest class this semester is at noon, and I got really lucky but I want to make sure I'm up early enough every day to still be productive.
24. Work on assignments the day they're assigned.
25. Go to my professors' office hours.
26. Actually utilize my dean. I mean, she works in the field and she knows what she's doing.
27. Limit my panic attacks to once a week max. This one is hard to admit but my panic attacks come so frequently that once a week is an improvement.
28. Figure out my minor. I still have no clue what I want to minor in. I really want Marketing but I'm required to take a math class that I know I won't be able to pass. So this year I need to figure that out.
29. Land myself an awesome internship for the summer. I've got my eyes on NYC and Boston like every other journalism major so let's hope I actually land one of them. If you have any connections, hit me up!
30. Respond to emails as soon as I can.
31. Respond to texts when I get them. I'm a horrible texter.
32. Actually read the required readings when they're assigned.
33. Go to the learning centre if I don't understand something instead of trying to figure it out myself.
34. Get to work five minutes early instead of one minute late.
35. Get work done on Fridays. this semester I'm lucky enough to have no class on Fridays, so I wanna actually be productive.
36. Hold a leadership position in my sorority. I already hold a chair position but I wanna grow more.
37. Attend another journalism/media conference.
38. Have my entire week planned out on a Sunday.
39. Reorganize my dorm room at least once a month.
40. Spend less time at the library. Yep, you read that correctly. Less. I currently live in the library at school so I want to balance a little more.

For My Bucket List:
41. Visit London and Lebanon.
42. Live in a big city for the summer.
43. Head to New York whenever I can. I'm literally an hour and a half away from my favorite city and I don't go nearly as much as I should.
44. Go to another concert. This year I saw John Mayer and Fall Out Boy, and B.o.B and a country first at school but those don't count.
45. Visit my brother for Thanksgiving.
46. Go skydiving. And not tell my mother until after.
47. Go to Six Flags and ride the biggest rollercoaster.
48. Go on a ski trip with my friends.
49. Apply to Study Abroad.
50. Go to an EDM festival.
For Everyday Life:
51. Be happier.
52. Complain less.
53. Learn to say no sometimes.
54. Learn to say yes sometimes. or at least take some chances.
55. Cut down on my online shopping addiction. No thanks to Sheaffer
56. Keep binge Netflixing to a minimum. In September I watched the entire season of GREEK in one week. No bueno.
57. Redecorate my room.
58. Collect experiences rather than items.
59. Read at least one book for fun a month during the school year. I read so much in vacation but I never pick up a book during the school year.
60. Read 50 books in 2014. Three down, 47 to go!
61. Skype my family more often.
62. Try something new every month.
63. Become fluent in Arabic.
64. Say thank you every day.
65. Learn to say thank you in as many languages as possible.
66. Go one full day without touching my phone or laptop.
67. Write handwritten thank you cards and mail them.
68. Craft a little more. It's good for the soul.
69. Track my finances - don't just spend for spending's sake.
70. Surprise someone. I already know what I want to do for this one, it's just to make it happen now.

For The Soul:
71. Pray more.
72. Read a bible verse at least once a week.
73. Continue going to church every week.
74. Count my blessings. I have many!
75. Let people in sometimes. I have a habit of not letting people into my life or pushing them away.
76. Do as many random acts of kindness as I can a week.
77. Forgive and let go of the past. It's a really hard one.
78. Open my heart a little more.
79. Smile.
80. Genuinely be happy for others. Remove all jealousy from my life.

So there's my list. It was supposed to be 100 but I couldn't think of twenty more. They'll come to me over the year.
Oh and I wrote this entire post on an iPad so apologizes if it looks like crap.


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  1. Wow, this is one amazing list! You have some really great resolutions in here and I think they are all doable. You got this, girl!!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  2. This is a great post! And these are a lot of resolutions, so good luck in achieving them! I hope you do as many of these as possible this year!

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