It’s that time of year again. The time when we’re more motivated than ever to better our lives and take the steps we need to, to become the person we strive to be, but forget about. And of course, it’s also the time of year we all talk ourselves into getting a gym membership we don’t use nearly as much as we should. I think the main reason a lot of us end up falling through with our resolutions is because we all get stuck in ruts. We are creatures of habit and once we get into a routine, it’s over. We forget about what we truly want. Don’t let this happen or else you will wake up one morning and realize you’re 75 and all you have in life are your 45 cats and a bad caffeine addiction you can’t seem to shake. So take the steps you have to take to make your life something to be proud of. Something you’reproud of. Here are 15 tips on how to do that. (Because it’s 2015 and I’m fun like that. Okay. Onward.)
Give yourself a fresh look. It doesn’t have to be drastic. For instance, whenever I say I got a “fresh look”, I really just mean I cut off an inch of my hair and re-layered it. So I now have a hair cut that no one will notice but me, but will still get incredibly offended if no one says anything about it when clearly my hair used to be an inch longer and did you not notice I angled it a little bit too? My god.
Apply to jobs or internships that have to do with the career you hope to have. Maybe you can get a really good internship that will one day get you that job you’ve always wanted. Even if it’s not something you can get right now, wait for it. For example, I’d like to have the job of being Ryan Gosling’s wife, so every day I check online to see if he’s broken up with his girlfriend yet. Patience is a virtue.
Learn every single word to yet another rap song so you can remind your friends why you aren’t a rapper but at the same time also show them how great your memorization skills are. Rapping is hard. If you can sing along to a very fast, lots-of-slang rap song, you will be proud of yourself. I swear.
Do not hang around people who bring you down. You want to surround yourself with people who support you and motivate you to be the best you, you can be. Like Taylor Swift did. And if you can right a bomb album while you’re doing that, go for it.
If you have free time, try to be somewhat productive. Get some work done or pay your bills or scream along to “Uptown Funk” until 4 in the morning hoping your neighbors are in a very deep sleep and cannot hear you.
Eat healthier. Even if it’s just a little healthier. Cut something bad out of your diet that you typically have a lot. For me, that was soda. No more soda for me. I think what really helped was that drink, Zevia. It’s supposedly a healthy alternative to soda with no calories, so of course I tried it. And I hated it. It ruined soda for me. I haven’t had soda since.
Work out. No you don’t have to join the soul cycle cult to get in shape. Just try to bring exercise into your daily routine. For instance, instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Instead of driving through the drive-thru, run through it. Instead of sleeping, go for a hike. Instead of hanging out with your friends, do 500 push ups. Okay, I think you get the point. Just be active blah blah blah. But, seriously.
Meet new people. No, not on tinder. In the real world. So you might have to leave your apartment for this one, sorry. But this could be great! You never know who you’ll meet! So on that note, does anyone know where Ryan Gosling likes to hang out?
Drink a lot of water. You’ll stay hydrated and keep up energy to do productive things or finish that Friends Marathon you started. (Because it’s on Netflix now!)
Stop keeping up with the Kardashian’s. They just keep ‘taking over’ different cities and going on Vacations you’ve only dreamed of going on and it’s getting aggravating.
Throw out clothes you do not wear anymore. I am the worst with this one. But we can do this. Together. Be honest. Will you ever really need that zebra print turtleneck you got 8 years ago?
Try to go to bed earlier. That way you wake up earlier. Or just stay up late and wake up early. Or just don’t sleep. Go for a hike instead. But really, don’t sleep your days away!
Make mini goals for the day that are so easy to accomplish that by the end of the day you had to have done them and then you can be proud of yourself. Like, “actually go to the mail room and check your mail.” Boom. Done.
Keep the space you live in clean and organized, because your life will feel more clean and organized. If you don’t have a lot of cleaning products, just get the basics. You will need: A vacuum, a Swiffer, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and some sort of cleaning spray that you can use with the paper towels you bought. Boom. Get cleaning.
Love yourself. You’re great and perfect and unique and great in your own way so don’t try to be anyone else. Just feed your cats, follow your dreams, and never stop drinking coffee.
Happy New Year Everyone!