Now that the new year is here, it’s a great way to press restart on your life, habits and routines. I’ve always felt torn about resolutions. How much can you really change in a year? Maybe I never took myself seriously enough to consider the possibility of changing over the course of a year. I’ve always thought that a year isn’t enough time to show growth.

2018 has been a unique year for me in every way. I grew professionally, both in finding a career path and branching out with writing. I still don’t consider myself a ‘writer’, but I am coming around to the idea of the label as an extension of who I am becoming. Personally, I took time to take the reins on my anxiety, recognize it and not let it control my world. Creatively, I tried to make time for the things that make me happiest, which are music and writing.  Therefore, I’ve comprised a short, little list of things I want to carry with me into the New Year:

  1. Drink more water: This may sound repetitive and unoriginal, but it’s important. No matter how much water I try to drink, I know it’s certainly not enough. We are suppose to drink roughly 2 liters (fact check for sure!) a day. Some days, I’m lucky if I get two glasses in. I know it’s bad. Especially since the benefits of drinking water range from healthier skin, energy boost, better digestion and much more.
  2. Less screen time: I hate to admit, but I am always staring at a screen. Between my work computer, home computer, phone, and television I bet I’ve spent at least 1/3 of my adult life staring at a screen. Sometimes it’s easy to get sucked into the craziness that encompasses social media, the envy of seeing everyone else’s accomplishments, engagements and pregnancy announcements, etc. It has a way of making you feel inferior. So, in 2019, I’m gonna try to make more time for books and people!
  3. Be more honest: I consider myself an honest person. However, I tend to have a lot of empathy, which usually works against me. I can be honest with someone, but it usually rips me apart because I worry about how it will make them feel. In 2019, I want to continue working on staying honest and finding the balance of empathy and doing what‘s best for myself.
  4. Make time for what you love: For me, I love music. A lot. It’s important because it has connected me to some of the most important people in my life. In 2019, I want to work on taking my music more seriously…for real this time, because I’ve said it in years past and never followed through. I want to have musical confidence of someone who can write a song that she’s proud of and willing to share it with others.
  5. Be present: I want to listen more. I want to learn more. I want to be able to give myself the opportunity to become a better person. The best way to do that is to be present. I decided to pick small, yet realistic resolutions that I know I am capable of including in my day. Sometimes, the most growth comes from the smallest change. Let me know what some of your resolutions are for 2019!

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