Wednesday, January 10, 2018

10 New Years Resolutions That I Intend to Keep

I'm only a few days late, but
HAPPY 2018 !

I know I haven't posted a blog in about a month or so... but I swear I'm not the worst blogger. I've been spending some time to work on myself, but also think about where I want to take my blog in the upcoming 365 days.

"Resolutions are for people who messed up last year" -- Quoting my "Advice from A Unicorn" desk calendar that my boss gave me. If you follow me on social media, you probably saw that I shared my resolutions like every other person in the world. But, since I have a blog, I wanted to go into a little more depth for my own accountability.

I'm not admitting that I messed up last year, per say, but more that I wasn't specific enough with my resolutions so it was hard for me to keep them. Reading this New York Times article about how to make the perfect resolutions, I think I've put together my specific, achievable, and relevant resolutions.

Say yes to more opportunities.

I hate to ruin the surprise if you don't know me in real life, but if you do, you know I'm pretty boring. I work a lot. Other than that, I don't do much besides sit at home, eat, and go to church. Towards the end of 2017, I realized that I needed to change this. No one wants to be friends with a boring girl.

This year I'm challenging myself to say "yes" more. Push myself out of my comfort zone. Don't look back on an opportunity and regret not doing something about it. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who needs to do this. And if you are reading this and thinking that you do, what's stopping you?

Stick up for myself more.

Kind of the opposite of my first resolution, I've realized that I'm very submissive. I tend to just let things happen, even if it doesn't happen the way I want. This year, I plan to change that. I'm going to voice my opinions and (try to) not feel bad about it. Fingers crossed for me.

Take more pictures of my face.

I tried to start 2018 off strong with this one. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I love taking photos of myself from the neck down. Around Thanksgiving, I got together with my local girl gang and we talked about our strengths and weaknesses. Mine got a few giggles, but I admitted that my weakness was that I hate the way my face looks.

Of course no one is going to tell me that they hate my face, my goal this year is for me to like it more, starting with taking more pictures where it's not cut off or covered up. So if you could like those pictures, it would make me happy. Thanks.

Don't be afraid to share the good and the bad.

When I scroll through my feed, whether it be on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, I love how much positivity there is. Everyone's lives look so perfect, but we all know that isn't realistic. Your kitchen isn't always clean, you don't always count your macros, and some days you don't want to put makeup on at all.

Typically on an "off day", I just won't post anything. No one needs to know that I'm having a bad day. But recently I've learned that the people who read my blog and follow me do because they care about me. Inspiring only when times are good gets boring. I want to show my friends that my life isn't always picture perfect. So this year, you can expect a hell of a lot more "unfiltered" content.

Glow up.

WTF is a "glow up"? I didn't know at first either. Urban Dictionary defines it as going "from the bottom to the top" "when puberty didn't do it's job". This article from the Odyssey explains it a little better.

While the act of "glowing up" seems very physical at first, I plan to make it that plus some. From taking better care of my hair and skin, to getting back into shape, I want to show my body that I appreciate it. Along with that, I want to conquer more challenges, check more things off my bucket list, and appreciate life with all of it's quirks. Glowing up is like growing up, while looking and feeling fabulous.

Grow my girl gang.

When I moved to Columbus in October 2016, I never expected that I would settle down so quickly. While I tend to be a work-a-holic, I have my BFF Shane to thank for introducing me to the Bumble BFF app. I've managed to make more friends in the past year than I made in my five years at college. And the best part is that, because of me, they are now friends.

But just because I have friends doesn't mean I'm not looking for more! The Columbus Hive is always hosting events, for both Bumble and Bumble BFF. Catch me at a few of the events this year! I can't say no to The Bachelor and manicures! Some things I would rather not do alone. But if you're not into huge groups, it's ok! I wasn't at first, and I'd still rather have a 1-on-1 BFF date over a group date. Hit me up if you're local and we can figure something out, just the two of us.

Read more books.

Gonna be real for a second. The last time I posted a photo of what I was reading was on August 19th, 2017. The sad thing is that I'm still reading the same book. I think I might have a problem... I keep buying books and filling up my bookshelf, but I procrastinate actually reading the books.

I've made a Goodreads account, be my friend. Maybe this will inspire me to read more. My goal this year is to read 20 books. Which ones will I pick off my shelf? Stay tuned to find out.

Build my YouTube presence.

I know I said that I would get into vlogging last year... well this year I mean it. I've even filmed a couple vlogs, I just need to commit to editing and posting them. If you all nag me a little more, I might finally cave.

If you subscribe to my channel, that might inspire me a little bit more as well. (hint hint)

Use (and stick to) my planner more.

I've been waiting since halfway through 2017 to start using my 2018 planner. Someone please tell me that I'm not the only one who does that. The reason for my anticipation? I fell off the planner bandwagon after I graduated college and my life was just so boring that nothing was worth writing down.

But this year is going to be different. While I "say yes to more opportunities" and "grown my girl gang", I'll have plenty of things to write down (and maybe even decorate my planner for).

If you're curious as to what planner I'm using this year, it's called Personal Planner. In 2016, I won a planner from them for 2017 and I'm pretty sure they've earned a customer for life. Maybe one day they'll sponsor me. 

Get off dating apps.

It's not as easy as it sounds, I swear. While I love updating my dating diary, it's getting harder and harder to find a guy that I actually feel a connection with. Half of my friends tell me that dating apps are the norm now and it's ok, and the other half are just like me and want to give up. While the number of apps I'm on has decreased to two, the amount of energy it takes to engage with someone who just ends up ghosting is exhausting.

I do not know what the universe has in store for my love life, but I solemnly swear that this will be the year I delete Tinder and use Bumble strictly for BFF, whether or not I find true love.

As a follower (and a friend), I am holding you accountable for holding me accountable. While 10 resolutions may seem like a lot, not one of these resolutions is unachievable.

If you're willing to share, I'd love to know your resolutions. If you need someone to hold you accountable, I'm your girl. Just let me know what I need to do to encourage you to meet your goals.


  1. your face is BEAUTIFUL woman - you get it out there! beautiful little resolution, that one! :)

    im also a mission this year to glow up. eating better, exercising more, and taking care of my mental health one hell of a lot more too!

    wishing you all the best for 2018 lovely xxx

    katie. xx

  2. Love all of these! The only New Year's resolution I have ever stuck with was to stop using my debit card haha 7 years later I am still going strong! This year I vowed to invest more in my self with skin care, not wearing as much makeup and taking relaxing baths :)