01/ 01/ 18
2017 was a year full of ups and downs, none of which I would trade for anything. I’ve reached many goals that I set going into 2017 but also failed to reach some goals I set. It was a year full of waiting to discover some of the plans God had for my life but I never really came to any realizations. However, I am so thankful for the hope and peace that comes with trusting that Jesus knows what he’s doing even when I don’t have the slightest clue of what’s ahead. All in all 2017 was a year of blessings, health, family, and growing in my relationship with God and I am so grateful for all of these things.
I’ve never really been a New Years Resolution type of person but this year just feels different. I feel changes coming on stronger than ever and I am so flipping excited to see what’s in store for my life and to discover my purpose. I’ve decided to share with you some of my resolutions so that I can A) have them written down so I can come back to this post to remind myself of what my goals are for this year and so B) I can be held somewhat accountable. You guys may also get some ideas if you can’t think of any New Years Resolutions for yourself!
Hit Fitness Goals
As many of you know in March of this year I finally hit a big weight loss milestone by losing fifty pounds. While this may seem like a huge number to some people it wasn’t that incredibly difficult for me because when you’re at a point where you have quite a bit of weight to lose it sheds off pretty quickly. However, once your body has dropped so many pounds it can plateau which is what happened to me. I let it get the best of me and got discouraged and while I didn’t completely blow it I just wasn’t as motivated as I previously was and let myself eat more “bad” foods. I kept working out religiously (I love working out so much it’s the best therapy!!) and I’ve stayed the same weight for this entire year and I’m bey0nd ready to start taking my fitness seriously again. This time around though I don’t want to get caught up in the number that shows on the scale. I definitely think being aware of my weight is important so I’m going to try to weigh only once a month and see where it gets me!
Put Myself Out There More
This one is kind of deep and personal but I thought I’d share it anyway. As a kid I always was so aware of what people thought of me and was so self-conscience. I would tell myself that I could never talk to or fit in with certain groups of people because they would think I was too weird or too ugly. As I’ve grown up I’ve gained more and more confidence but at times I still find myself psyching myself out when people ask me to go to lunch or shopping, etc. and I’ll end up coming up with any excuse to stay home. This year though I really want to work on just being more confident and realizing that literally NO ONE CARES about what I look like or what I’m doing and just go branch out and make new friends.
Get Consistent with Blogging and Social Media
One of my life goals is to eventually be able to create a business out of my blog and social media accounts. However, considering the amount I’ve been posting on them, it’s not going to happen anytime soon if I don’t step my game up. I love blogging but starting college classes last semester seriously weighed me down and I had no time at all for anything. This semester, however, I took one less class and one online class plus I only have to go to school Monday-Thursday so I have much more time for posting more frequently. So if you guys have any ideas at all of what you would want to see devo/lifestyle/fashion/beauty/fitness wise, let me know by either commenting on this blog post or DM’ing me on Twitter or Instagram!
Start a Youtube Channel… Maybe 😬
Okay now, this is a far stretch for what I’m even remotely comfortable with but I feel like if I really can get consistent with blogging that this is something I would definitely consider doing. I think it would be cool to do vlog style videos so that I could kind of talk to you guys “face to face” instead of you just reading written posts all the time. What do you think?
This is also a difficult one. I’ve really wanted to do this for a long time for multiple reasons such as: to get healthier (clear my skin/weightloss), to help put an end to animal cruelty, and to reduce my footprint by ceasing to consume food products that aren’t ecologically sustainable. I’ve attempted to switch to a vegan diet multiple times but is just so hard. On a vegan diet it’s important to consume a hefty amount of beans, legumes, quinoa, etc. to maintain healthy protein levels but along with these foods come carbs. And while they are healthy carbs, overeating these foods can slow down weight loss which is what happened to me. I really just need to do my research and find balance because I’ve seen many people lose weight by going vegan.
Grow in my relationship with God and be more genuine.
This is something that I should want at any point in any year but the new year is always such a great reminder of what’s really important. The only way I will ever fulfill any of these resolutions is if I know who’s in control of them and if I’m true to myself with what I’m posting. It’s SO HARD to not get caught up in the world of FaceTune, and trust me at one point I definitely was, but it’s so important that I don’t alter myself in hopes of altering peoples’ view of who I am because they definitely wouldn’t be getting a true depiction.
Thank you so much for reading through this entire post. I definitely encourage you to make your own New Years resolutions and to get motivated to make 2018 the best year of your life! It’s truly up to you if you want to remain comfortable or if you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone and grow in any aspect of your life.
Stay Fit, Fab, and Faithful!