After a great holiday season it’s time to buckle down and get back to reality! This past week I took the time to really think of a few goals for myself and I am ready to kick off the second week of the new year. I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions (or at least ones I commit to), but this year I decided to really make a plan. I came up with some simple healthy habits that I hope to cultivate this next year and that I think anyone (especially those of us in college!) can implement these changes as well!
Here are my 17 healthy habits for 2017!
- First and foremost I decided to make Phillipians 4:8 my verse of the year. It says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” Although this isn’t a habit per say, I wanted to have a reminder everyday of what my focus is and this verse stuck with me. So often we get caught up in negativity and unimportant drama. I set this verse as my lock screen screensaver so that it is the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning. I am so blessed, but often forget it. This year I am going to make it my goal to focus on whatever is lovely and pure in my life!
2. Be present in the moment. I will be the first to admit that my phone is attached to my hand and that checking Instagram is one of the first things I do in the morning. However, this year I want to enjoy the moment more and worry about social media less.
3. Compare yourself to others less. As a freshman in high school during a girl’s weekend retreat I remember a discussion we had about confidence; we were told comparison is a thief of joy. Almost five years later and this saying still stands out in my mind. So this year, I will work on being content with what I have.
4. Eat healthier snacks. If you were to open my desk drawer at work you’d probably find some candy and popcorn. I hope to make a simple change to eat healthier snacks in between school and work.
5. Drink more water. Mountain Dew is a gift from the gods. But as we all know drinking water has innumerable benefits, so grab a water bottle and let’s get started.
6. Get enough sleep. As a college student this will be a tough one, but like drinking more water, it is also very important and I’m going to make it a priority.
7. Make a realistic exercise goal. I was debating even putting anything about exercise on the list because let’s be honest, the last true workout I had was in high school during cheer season. I know I won’t go to the gym every day or even every other day, but I hope to set out a realistic plan.
8. Save money and also spend it wisely. Of course I had to include money on the list because my life motto is “treat yourself”! But in 2017 I vow to treat myself less and save more! My closet may hate me, but my savings account won’t.
9. Wash my face every night. We all know there are times we come home from a night out and taking our makeup off seems like too much. But this is another simple change that is so beneficial!
10. Procrastinate less. I would like to say that I am a detail oriented person who plans everything perfectly. But we all know we do it, especially on class readings. Enough said.
11. Make long term goal lists. And reference them. I have long term goals in my mind, but they are often vague and I have no set plan of action for obtaining them. I think writing down a goal list and referencing it occasionally will help keep me on track as I look forward to next school year as a senior! Omg!
12. Make time for fun. As great as setting goals and exercise are, it is also SO important to make time for things you enjoy! I will be intentional about making time for girl’s nights out and Netflix nights at home.
13. Stress management. Between school, jobs, and extracurricular activities, we are often busy people. Just like making time for fun, it is so important to make time for yourself too.
14. Watch less Netflix and read more books. Netflix is great, but I am a believer that books are better. I hope to create a list of at least 20 books to read in the new year. Suggestions are welcome!
15. Stay organized and clean. A tidy desk makes for a tidy mind, so they say! I would also like to pride myself on my organizational skills, but again, we all know we could clean our rooms more and put our laundry away instead of on a chair.
16. Don’t take life for granted. This year I don’t want to miss the small things! I will be more thankful for all I have.
17. Start fresh each day. There will be days I don’t eat healthy and that I binge Gossip Girl. And that’s okay. I may get a bad test grade or lose sight of what’s important in my life. But just like Scarlett O’Hara says, tomorrow is another day, and that’s a beautiful thing!
Although some of these habits may seem silly and small I am looking forward to this next year and focusing on a few little things. Here’s to 2017 and a fabulous year!