New Year, New Me, But Like Actually
Yes, New Year's Resolutions have become a big cliche. But they're a good cliche, and when did it become okay to knock people's goals down? It's fine to set goals in February but Pandora's box is opened if they happen the last week of December? Boy bye!
I hold strong to trying new things and setting goals for the incoming year, 2018 being no exception. I was at the Apple Store in November because my iphone was HARDCORE glitching up (as iphones tend to do when a new one is coming out, but that's a conversation for another day), I literally couldn't use it for anything other than talking on the phone. Ironically, it's the thing I do the least. The man helping me said the only solution was to wipe my phone clean and start over. I thought for a second about what I'd lose, from texts where I didn't save someone's number, a plethora of photos and screenshots of things I needed to do/try/got inspired by, videos of concerts I'd been to, calendar reminders, notes, etc. I really didn't want to lose my notes, that's where I jot down goals to keep myself in check, ideas that need to come to fruition, and poetry. I didn't want to lose my contacts either, I've managed to meet a ton of amazing people in the past year. The man managed to back up my notes and contacts on icloud, which I couldn't even do because of said glitch, and I said "Screw it. I have what I need, everything else can go." before he went to my settings, and everything disappeared. It felt great to have my phone working again once I left the Apple store, but it also felt nice to start over with a clean slate, the only things literally taking up space in my phone being my notes and contacts.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
Drop the baggage, drop the bullshit. Leave it in 2017. Keep only what's important. Whatever it is that keeps you looking towards a greater purpose, towards a future, toward goals, keep what's going to make you a better version of yourself. Write down a list of goals you want to reach in 2018, no matter how silly they may seem, and keep checking in. Did I reach all the goals I wrote down for 2017? No, but having a physical reminder really helped to make most of them happen. Also, the reason I didn't want to lose my contacts is because I've met people who also have big dreams for themselves, who are killing it in their respected careers, who are more advanced in their respective areas than I am. I truly believe surrounding yourself with like-minded people not only helps you focus on the big picture, it helps you become the best version of yourself. Where do you see yourself this summer? What about the end of the year? Do it right now, it's only the second week of January.
That being said, I told myself I was going to try edgier clothes in 2018. I've been hesitant in the past to jump on overalls, simply because I wasn't sure if it'd be flattering on my plus-size body. But I decided to leave that negativity in 2017, no room for that here. I also chopped 5 inches off my hair and got new glasses because #NewYearNewMe.
Tell me one of your goals for 2018! Leave a comment below or on Instagram, I want to see what everybody wants to accomplish this new year.
Photos by Noah Berg Photography