How to (almost) keep a New Year’s Resolution

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Last year seemed to drag on at times and yet I would turn around and two months had disappeared. Time is a funny thing.

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Anyways, I know this is the time of year when a blogger is supposed to give you all sorts of helpful hints so that you might keep your 2018 resolution but I can’t do that.

I’ve never really kept a New Years’ Resolution. Shock, right?

However, I have come pretty darn close. And as far as New Year’s Resolutions go, that’s amazingly awesome. 🙂 And as I try to keep it real and light here on my itty-bitty corner of the world wide web, I think I’ll keep the almost.

So, how did I almost keep my resolutions?

Let me tell you!

1.Be realistic

I am really good at setting ridiculously high standards for myself. Goals that I’m supposed to accomplish in a year are more like 10 year plans. It’s nuts! And I did away with that thinking last year when I almost accomplished my goals

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New Year’s Resolutions are supposed to be about becoming a better version of self but if goals are too high we create stress (even it’s only for a few days) and stress is bad.

Goals need to be simple and realistic. Keep it simple and do-able. For example, in 2017, I had one goal — be more self-aware of when I’m starting to live stressed-out and anxious.

Of course, I failed at times but when I started to sense multiple days of anxiety, I would take a day to unwind and process my stress in a healthy manner.

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This year,  I’m striving to be live more purposefully. Okay, so I know that sounds super cliche but it is what it is. I don’t want to spend time running around chasing a thousand different dreams. I want to spend my time on purpose.

One of the more purposeful things I’m doing is signing up for Amazon’s Associate Program. I’ve never really attempted to make money from my blog before but I’d like to try. Granted, I really hate seeing a million ads on other pages so I’m sure that I won’t make a great deal (just being realistic) but a simple click from a reader and maybe I’ll make a bit.

A reader clicks on that image, buys something from Amazon, and I make a bit of cash. It charges the reader nothing but Amazon pays me.

I’m not going to make much but I’m trying to be more purposeful in growing my blog — in readers, content, and financially. It won’t happen quickly but if I’m realistic in what real growth looks like, I’m less likely to quit.

2.Be forgiving

Resolutions are going to be broken. Duh!

However, if goals are realistic then a few bad days, weeks, or even months can be overcome with a bit of self-forgiveness.

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Maybe it’s just me, but I wanna scrap the idea if I fail a few days in a row but that’s not helpful.

Mistakes are always made when something new is being put into place. Mistakes have to be accepted and learned from.

With trying to be more purposeful in 2018, I’m already making a list of things that need to be purged or re-organized in my home. And I’ve already explained to Jay that we should invest in Amazon Prime this year to help in the process. 🙂

The wheels will fall off at times (especially with all the cool stuff on Amazon) and I’ll get lost in the hundreds of new things I want to try but with a little self-love and a bit of forgiveness, I can get back on the horse and finish my 2018 strong!

3.Be flexible

With my goal being to live more purposeful this year, I’m planning on spending less time on Instagram and more time on my blog. I know that the Instagram is kinda becoming a mini-blog atmosphere and I’ll explore that but I want to work on my writing.

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Time is being set aside for art practice, post scheduling, and personal health. I’m working on being more deliberate with my time.

Life is surely going to intervene but a little flexibility goes a long way.

Maybe once I’ve signed up for Prime, I should invest in a Panda Planner. This thing looks amazing and with daily, weekly, and monthly check-ins, this thing may work for me. 

Life is rigid in the fact that it is ever changing. I cannot prevent hiccups, changes, and detours but I can control how I react.

To keep a resolution, flexibility is key. An adjustment may need to be made here or there but that’s how anyone can almost keep their New Year’s Resolutions!

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