There’s a million reasons why I love New Years, and of those million, my favorite is that “renewed” feeling. You know, that first week of the year that everyone posts those Facebook statuses asking people to forgive their misdeeds like the time they insulted your baby bangs or pointed out your sideburns. And then you want to stay mad, but you realize that you yourself are trying to clean the air, so you forgive them. Ahh, that week.
And you can ridicule me all you want about being the “new year, new me!!” person, but I believe it! You can drone on and on about how you don’t need a new number behind the “201” to start going to the gym again, but come on...it would be nice. You’d actually feel like something was changing, and that would be EVEN BETTER.
Obviously, as you can tell, I can go on and on about this, but we all know you’re here for the meat and potatoes that are my New Years resolutions, that should probably be on your list too.
2. Get healthy, yo.
I can hear the groans and moans already.
But come on: how did you not expect this? This is your year to get the blood flowing to all parts of your body! This is your year to be able to caption your spicy gym selfie “Do you even lift bro?!”. This is your year to stop worrying about being unconfident or uncomfortable, to stop the excuses and give it all you got: drink more water, write yourself a workout routine, invest in a gym membership, wake up for those morning jogs (think about how cool you would sound bragging to your co workers!!), and pull your yoga mat out of your trunk.
For those of you looking for some extra motivation, here’s some tips that work for me:
3. Be more confident.
Yes, laugh all you want. Duriba Khan needs more confidence!
All jokes aside, I feel like recently i’ve been struggling with my confidence at work because I’m still fairly new and don’t know how to mail envelopes and I have gross hair and sometimes when I answer the phone I get nasty gross stuff in my throat and I just sound like a croaky frog. Yeah, I need to get better at that. If you also struggle with this, I’ll write up a funky and cool post where I come up with some ways to help you out.
4. Look comely and presentable, all the time.
I know at this point everyone will rush forward with the “you are beautiful just the way you are!!” business, and I appreciate it. I really, truly do. But this resolution plays simply off the “look good, feel good” principle. If you feel like you look presentable, you’ll definitely start more conversations, not worry about stains on your “Gone to Texas” shirt, not be so timid, and be your best self. That’s the stuff I like.
5. Don’t be looking for love.
Because of all the Bollywood films and love songs I encounter on a daily basis, I’m sure you see why this is a resolution. In general, I feel like society puts a lot of pressure on us to have a significant other, to be searching for someone to pose with at the “I love you so much” wall in Austin, etc. But guys, we don’t need other halves. We’re already whole! It really is as simple as that.
6. Don’t let your emotions control you.
If I said that I wasn’t reactive at all, I would be lying. For as “practical” and insensitive as I am, I’m actually super emotional. I mean I cried of happiness one time in my advertising class when my professor showed us an ad about veterans. I randomly will almost be asleep, and then I’ll start crying because I remembered how flowers are a miracle of life. And yeah, it makes a cute story, but it can also be bad when somebody yells at me and I start crying. Or if somebody flips me off while driving and I get butthurt and sad the whole day.
7. Self branding.
As you guys can probably tell, I’m very big on publicizing my life: from vlogs, blog posts, instagram posts, tweets, etc. This year, I want to work on creating my own brand and solidify my “style”. Obviously, not everyone is into this, and that’s perfectly okay. Personally, my goals are to post more of my work, create meaningful content, and be better at putting my passions up there on my to-do list with my goals.
8. Stick to your morals.
Make a list if you have to. I know with all the changes in life with college, work, etc, that sometimes we don’t have time to work on our relationships with ourselves, and that needs to change. If you promised yourself that you’d stop cursing, or that you’d never drink alcohol, or that you’d grow your hair out, and be yourself more, then maintain that promise. In life, a lot of people won’t be honest with you. Don’t be one of them.
7. Read for leisure.
I know it can be hard and sometimes even boring, but I have found that the best way to fuel your imagination and creative skills is to read. Read about dogs, Steve Jobs, the history of spoons, whatever! Just don’t stop.
8. Become more politically/socially active.
Hey, I’ll give myself some credit for attending a handful of protests at school. But in general, we’re supposed to be the ~woke~ generation. Let’s actively work together to put an end to classism, racism, sexism, bigotry, and hate. The power of awareness is a gift after all.
With that being said, there are my nifty dandy resolutions for 2017! I hope you guys could #relate, and that this year, you’re striving for optimum success and prosperity. Here's to more dank memes and good vibes.