I set out in 2017 to change my mentality, get in better shape, strive to travel more and see different cultures, try new experiences, take risks and save money to potentially buy a house. Looking back today on December 31st, 2017. I did most of them?! HA-HA!
Looking back via photos:
My favorite thing now is to take photos/selfies/videos/boomerangs anything that you can look back on and remember exactly what you were feeling, thinking, doing. There’s no shame anymore, so yes I get looks all the time at stop lights. LOL! Throughout this post I’m going to post my year in review with photos. I’m also going to share a few tips on how to keep those New Year’s resolutions going strong.
Look I know keeping resolutions are hard most fail after the first month. Some tips I can provide you with is to be realistic with yourself, have someone hold you accountable, and if you don’t do it… well there’s always next year.
Be realistic with yourself:
- You know yourself better than anyone so don’t strive for unattainable goals
- Ex: don’t set a 50-pound weight loss goal start smaller maybe 20 or 10!
- Write down small goals throughout the year to keep you in line
- Ex: by June you lost 6 pounds, you have 6 more months to hit your goal of 10! J
- You have to start somewhere so don’t overwhelm yourself, just take it day by day!
Have someone hold you accountable:
- Ask a friend to join you if it’s doable
- Ex: lose weight together, don’t drink as much, etc.
- Tell someone about your goals
- Ex: I find when I tell someone my goals, its real and I can’t just say “oh well, no one knows”
- Make sure whoever you choose is willing to see you succeed
- Ex: if you don’t want to drink as much, don’t make the person who holds you accountable the biggest drinker you know. Be smart!
And IF you fail:
- Oh well, it’s only a goal you wanted to attempt. Try again after a little break to keep it going. Don’t actually wait until the next year.
- Don’t beat yourself up. It happens. I started horribly at the gym and it wasn’t until September/October that I actually started going like 4-5 times a week.
- Change the goal up a bit, maybe you strived too high or for too much, step back and readjust. That’s totally cool.
Looking back on your resolutions, you have to be happy with yourself, confident in yourself, and proud of what you did do! Maybe you did something you never thought you could do. Maybe you got that promotion, graduated school, or got engaged? Conclusion: those are all amazing goals maybe not a resolution but super amazing accomplishments. Be proud of what you did do, don’t look back on what you could have done 2017 is already over. I always look back on my year and reflect on what I did, what I can work on, and how to get better. You learn from the past, don’t live in it. Make it happen in 2018!
- Things take time. You can’t go from A to Z in January, you have 11 more months to get there.
- Don’t take anything for granted. You never know when our time is up, so LIVE every day with a purpose.
- Comparing yourself to others is a KILLER! Love yourself, you have A LOT to offer.
- Believe in yourself, have confidence.
- My friends are the real “MVP’s!” Love every second you spend together.
- FamILY is EVERYTHING! Cherish every moment you have and love them unconditionally.
- “I don’t need somebody to complete me, I complete myself” – Jessica Simpson
- Most importantly, follow your heart. Trust your instincts.
- Balance work, play, family, and life better
- Travel MORE and get another stamp in that passport! (I just can’t get enough)
- Save MONEY (I didn’t go that this year, gotta GROW that savings)
- Expand my blog (stay tuned), post more often and bring you guys new content.
- Get involved with my COMMUNITY: charity work, fundraising, supporting the arts
- WORK OUT consistently!
- Literally FILL UP every line in my Lauren James calendar. (Best calendar ever! BTW)
- Drink more WATER (I’m so bad, I used to drink 4 water bottles a day)
- Cook a meal ONCE a week and eat better.
- GET back into dance, I’ve missed you.
- Listen to Dale Smith Thomas, she’s such an inspiring woman and truly changed my thinking and how I see myself in just 4 days of hearing her speak, preach, and motivate. Go CHECK her out!
- ALWAYS REMEMBER. . . there’s always someone who is less fortunate than you.
I want to hear from you whether its looking back on 2017, setting new resolutions and lets getting ready to SMASH 2018! …
XOXO- Karen Giuliana