YOUR New Year’s Resolutions

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Snail Mail

This is something that I’m really into.

For real. If you are my friend irl, I probably at some point have asked if we can write old fashioned, hand written letters to each other. Even if I see you every day at school. There’s just something so cool about getting letters in the mailbox that your friend took the time to pen and stamp and send. You get to see their actual handwriting and everything about it is awesome.

Reminds me of this comic: 



I forget where I was going with this…

Oh yeah, closely related to writing letters is pen pals. I have always wanted one of those. But seriously, how do you get one? Where does that start happening? I remember I had one in grade 2 for English class but we only exchanged like two emails and then the teachers were like “okay that’s enough let’s move on to the next unit.” So hey, Olivia, if you’re out there, that was a very beautiful picture of a cat you sent me back in grade 2.

In conclusion, letters are about the most personal method of communication you can have with someone. It’s easy to send a facebook message but it actually means you care if you handwrite a letter and send it to someone. Currently, I’m corresponding with most of my camp friends who are spread throughout the world in Australia, British Columbia and the same city as me! Opening the mailbox and getting to see what they’re up to is literally the best feeling on earth.