When I looked back at my New Year’s resolutions from last year, all of them pretty much failed. I didn’t learn to speak French and certainly didn’t work out five days a week. However, this year has been the best year of my life.
I traveled, left my dead end post-college job and moved to New York City for grad school. I took my career to the next level by interning at two national magazines and for designer Christian Siriano. I have taken more interviews, meetings and risks than I ever have in my life and it has paid off(so far). Along the way I’ve met amazing new friends/mentors and maintained strong existing relationships with friends, family and an LDR.
I’m so excited for 2017 and what it will bring for me professionally as well as personally. For my resolutions this year I’ve decided to not try to measure what I do, but how I do it. Check them out below:
1) Love my body and treat it right
My fitness routine has been slacking since I moved to New York. Before I left Connecticut I was boxing almost 3x per week and going to the gym when I could. Now I count my walk to and from the subway as exercise (It still counts right?) This year I don’t want to say “I want to lose 20 pounds” or “I want to fit back into my college jeans”. It’s about making a commitment to my body to change for the better, not just to lose weight. Simple changes such as eating whole foods and cutting out processed junk (RIP late night McDonald’s) can really make a difference. I’ll start by creating a routine that works with my schedule, whether it’s Jillian Michaels in my living room or Pilates before class. Of course, the end goal is to improve and tone, but mostly to be healthy. I’m 5’4, I’ll never look like glamizon model but I also know what my body looks and feels like at its best and I’m determined to get there.
2) Keep up the grind
I’ve learned that I’m the kind of person that thrives in chaos. When I have a million things to do, I’m more on top of it than if I only have a few. I’ve come so far from where I was last year, and this year will be all about gaining the experience I need for the future. This industry is competitive, and the more you have to show for yourself, the better your opportunities will be. When I started my grad program I promised myself that I would do as much as I could during this year long process.
3) Be consistent in all aspects of life
In previous years I’ve been all play and no work and now I feel like I’m all work and no play. I need some consistency in all aspects of my life. Keeping relationships close while also kicking butt at school and work. Reaching my fitness goal, while also keeping this blog and my Instagram up to date. I’m also living in one of the most amazing cities in the world, and I want to enjoy it. Life’s a balancing act and this will be the year where I find my perfect balance and make it a lifestyle. (Thank god for planners).
4) Give back
When I was working as a marketing manager for a restaurant group in New Haven,CT, I ran a lot of fundraisers. Working with local nonprofit organizations and charities was something I really enjoyed. I’ve always wanted to work with or for a company that is socially responsibly, so I want to make the effort to give back some of my own time. We should all do our part to give back, this is another resolution I will be making a priority in 2017.
What are your resolutions? List them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!