I’ve made my resolutions, now it’s time for me to help you make yours!
These, of course, are suggestions that you can take or leave but if you’re looking for inspiration or confirmation, this is it.
- Find a type of exercise you actually love. Story time: my mother is one of those people that wanted to do something about her current fitness level and tried to sign up for gym memberships and even beginner volleyball classes but nothing stuck and all motivation would peter out quickly. Just 3 months ago, she signed up for some aquafit classes at the local YMCA because she heard it was good for your back and she’s been going around 3 times a week since then! She’s become one of those people that complains when she had to miss a class! So you CAN get fit or lose those pounds, you just need to find your method! The gym is not for everyone, it might be competition or environment that gives you a reason to keep coming back to it.
- Read one book per month. Reading is something that people feel like they don’t have time for but books are, in my opinion, a great part of life and important to expand your imagination. So by setting aside your commute to listen to audiobooks or before bed to read a chapter or two, it is definitely plausible to get through at least one book each moon cycle. Definitely try to get a diverse selection from fantasy to non-fiction because the world is huge and there’s no telling what you might learn.
- Invest in friendships. You have no idea how important this is. It’s so easy to let great people slip out of your lives or to not initiate getting to really know someone because you already have your family to talk to. Coffee dates are easy to plan, letter writing is not dead and potlucks are really fun. You don’t have to become a social butterfly but do hold on to the friends you have and make sure they know that they are important to you! That isn’t done enough in my opinion.
- Create. Totally open-ended, totally depends on what you enjoy and what you’d love to try. I believe we all have something inside of us that needs to create things whether it be an elegant computer code, your very first knitted scarf or a story. I’m sure there’s something that you’re passionate about and if you’re passionate about it you will totally be able to make the time for it in this coming year!
These are my tips to making your year a success (hopefully), let me know what you would have added to the list or what you’re taking from mine!
Unpopular opinion: I’ve never been a fan of tea or coffee.
Both of them just don’t appeal to me in any way and I do know some of the draw for drinking them is the caffeine and energy boost but they’re both so nasty I don’t know why you would do that to yourself. (Obviously because everyone is different and doesn’t have identical tastes! How magical!)
But hear me out, when we’re talking coffee, most people say it’s an acquired taste. That’s just fancy talk for desensitizing your tastebuds to a flavour that you don’t actually like until you’re able to drink it. It’s so bitter and gross looking and the only way I’d be able to drink it myself is with tons of sugar and milk until it’s at the point of being really unhealthy. Not to add the fact that caffeine is a drug that you literally get addicted to and while that in itself is not the end of the world, you have to deal with finding coffee for yourself regularly or face the consequences. I don’t want to be dependent on a drink for how well I can function! That’s unreasonable! (A lot of people get told that you become a coffee drinker in university and it just happens to you there’s no way to change it and while I did see it happen to a bunch of my friends, a lot of us stuck it to the man and managed to pass 3 semesters of mechanical engineering without caffeine)
As for tea, I like to think of it as slightly flavoured hot water. Mmmmm delicious. Not really. The flavours that tea comes in are not the problem here. In this case, it’s the fact that there’s only a hint of it usually and that what you can mostly taste is hot water which is just an unpleasant experience for me. It’s almost cruel that you get the barest idea of the flavour instead of getting the full effect which isn’t what tea is all about.
All in all, it really doesn’t matter to me what other people choose to drink, I just seem to have very strong opinions on why I won’t be jumping on to either of those trains anytime soon.
Tell me in the comments whether you’re with me on this, vehemently against me on either one or both or literally don’t care.
I read a lot.
I didn’t get to quite as many books as I wanted to this year thanks to not reading at all over the summer and being super busy with university but I did get through quite a few and a lot of them were awesome. So without further ado, here’s a list of my Top Books Read In 2013:
Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
Catching Jordan – Miranda Kenneally
Shades of Earth – Beth Revis
The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
Taken – Erin Bowman