Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a fun and safe start to 2015. Now that many of us have entered 2015 with a bang, it’s time to get to work! Every year I make New Year’s Resolutions that I intend to follow through on but somewhere between the end of January and the beginning of February, those plans go by the wayside. I didn’t want to do the typical “New year, New me” type of post because I don’t plan on becoming a “new” person. I just want to change some behaviors and characteristics to improve the foundation that I’ve already laid in my life. I feel like the only way that this will work is if I start making realistic New Year’s resolutions that work for me and my lifestyle. I have a list of things that I want to work on but my top 3 goals for this year are to eat healthier, think and act positively and to take risks to get to where I want to be in my life.
As far as eating healthy goes, I like going to spots like Jamba Juice for smoothies and this health food place called HLS for healthy wraps and the best sweet potato fries EVER! (if you are in the north NJ area, you definitely have to visit!) but I really don’t watch what I eat when I’m at home. I told myself that jumping into an all healthy 3 meal a day lifestyle won’t work for me at this point but I can eat what I like in moderation and start juicing as a way to balance my diet. My mom bought me the Nutribullet for Christmas and for the past few days, I have had at least 1 smoothie a day with fruits like strawberries and pineapples and veggies like spinach all blended together. The results were surprisingly good! Many of my Facebook friends juice as well and have given me some great recipes to try so I am looking forward to my juicing journey. If you have any great recipes, feel free to share in the comments section below:)
I strive to be a positive person in both my personal and professional life but sometimes, negative energy creeps up on you and throws you off track and that has happened to me a lot in 2014. I threw a lot of pity parties and cut myself off but I told myself that this year when I start going down that path, I would immediately do something to snap out of it. Something as simple as listening to a party song (Turn up for what!) can bring me out of that mood. I also like googling positive quotes and watching inspiring stories on YouTube that bring happy tears to my eyes. Little actions like this can make a big difference and although it is okay to cry and let it all out, to stay in that depressing state is no good for the mind, body or soul and I intend to make sure that I evoke positive energy for all the world to see!
When I think of myself and all that I have accomplished, I am very proud of many of the goals that I have achieved thus far (graduating college with a 4.0, interviewing various celebrities, relaunching the site under a new name on my birthday) but there is so much more that I want to do and I know that rejection and fear are my biggest deterrents when it comes to achieving my goals. I don’t like hearing the word no although at times, its inevitable and I take those nos personally and start to doubt myself instead of using it as motivation to drive me even more. I let fear of the unknown and fear of failing stop me from going to that next level in life and although I believe in the saying “The great the risk, the greater the reward” , I never applied it to my life and instead settled for mediocrity in many ways. That worked for a while until I started seeing people I grew up with and met at various social events and engagements doing these amazing things with their lives and I thought to myself “Why cant that be me?” The answer I received was that it wasn’t me because I was sitting around hoping and wishing instead of getting up and putting in the work that it takes to get to all of these amazing things. I don’t want to waste another moment wondering “What if?” so my biggest resolution for 2015 is to be a go-getter in every sense of the word 😉
Other resolutions are to stop cursing (there are so many words in the English language I can use to express myself) and to learn how to save money (a foreign concept to me lol) but I know that by taking little steps each day and changing patterns and behaviors will help me make those big steps when the time comes. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe and productive 2015 and beyond!
Always remember to love and live luxuriously!