Why I'm Not a Fan of New Years

It’s January 12 and I’ve already forgotten my New Year’s resolutions. I think they were probably like those of most girls my age… eat healthier, go to the gym, become a morning person… you know how the list goes. As the days are passing by, I’m starting to realize that once the ball drops and the year changes, your New Year goals don’t magically happen. Shocking, I know! After reading all the “How to Really Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions” and “The New Year’s Goals You Really Need to Have” articles (I know you read them to), I’ve come to the conclusion that New Year Resolutions are, simply put, stupid. Let me explain.

We count down the hours, minutes and seconds until the clock strikes 12 for the “New Year, New Me” to go into effect. We go into a fresh year with our thoughts consumed by what we “need” to change about ourselves; the most common ones relating to body image. How terrible is that? I don’t know about you, but I’m quick to compare myself to those around me and bring myself down, but I want to begin a change of season in my life with positive, empowering thoughts. I want to bring in the new year with a celebration of how far I’ve come and where I’m going, not buying into the lies that I need to earn my worth through a change of habits.
So, instead of telling myself what’s broken and needs fixing, I’m starting 2019 with a different mindset.

I’m not going to eat healthier because I want to look like a Victoria’s Secret model, but because I want to feel good from the inside out because my body deserves to be treated well.
I’m not going to go to the gym because I have to have toned arms and abs, but because I’m blessed with a healthy, able body and I want to keep it that way.
I’m not going to work on becoming a morning person to use it as a social status but to discipline myself and be the most productive I can be.

Whether you’ve been crushing the 2019 goals you set for yourself or you’ve been feeling defeated, I challenge you to take a step back and reevaluate your mindset and motivation. If your goals make you feel poorly about yourself or are trying to fix your “problems”, stop. Not only is this unhealthy, but they will ultimately fail. Use this new start, to realign your body with your mind, be kind to yourself, and work on being the best version of you. You’ve got this.