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My Resolutions // 2016

DenaJanuary 3, 2016

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For the past few years, the trend seems to be to declare that one “doesn’t do resolutions.” There’s been a whole lot of jumping on the bandwagon that says, new year resolutions are silly and we should strive to be our best selves, always. (Hell, I wrote a whole post on this topic several years back.) However, I like to swim against the tide. So I’ve decided to ring in twenty-sixteen with a resolution.

Also: You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want.

Take care of my skin. // I’m not sure whether good skin has to do with taking care of it (keeping it clean, moisturizer, out of the sun) or whether it’s purely genetic. I’ve heard good arguments on both sides. However, as long as you’re keeping your skincare routine simple & natural, I feel like it can’t do any damage. So if it does good, then all the better.

I’m grateful to say that I was blessed with great skin. I’ve never struggled with breakouts or any other skin concerns. Still, at thirty-one, even great skin begins to age.

Although my skincare routine has changed over the years, since having babies, it’s been nearly nonexistent. I wash my face in the shower every other day and I load up my face with coconut oil when I get out.

My goal is to begin using a moisturizing and lifting night cream. I’ll report back with a review in a few weeks.

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Do something new each month. // My life has become almost entirely monotonous. I crave adventure, new experiences, and magic. It’s what makes my heart sing. And yet, I can’t even tell you when is the last time I did something wonderful & new.

I’ve used having babies and having a lack of adventure-seeking companions as excuses for far too long. I’ve started creating a little list of adventures that I’m planning for the coming year. It needs its own post. I’ll share it here soon. Six of the list items will be things that I plan to do with the babies and six will be things that I plan to do alone. (…Wait. Doing stuff? Alone? Who am I??)

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Others. // 1. Drink more water–I’m going to start a gallon per day challenge tomorrow. 2. Stop waiting for a sign–I’ve spent a lot of time this past year praying to God for a sign, for guidance. This year it’s time to shape my fate instead of being governed by it. (Side note: Fortune favors the bold. Bravery is “my word” for 2016, but more about that another time.) 3. Photography–I’ve got a bunch of photography-related goals for the year including a series of self-portraits and a special landscape shoot.

So how about you? Are you about making resolutions or do you try to set goals throughout the year without giving much heed to the turn of the calendar? In any case, I’d love to hear your big plans & goals for 2016.


Comments (2)

  • Misty Carone

    January 4, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve noticed the same thing, seeing a ton of people abandoning the notion of New Year resolutions. NOT ME! I love making resolutions. Of course, I’m not perfect and don’t always keep them for as long as I’d like, but however long I stick to them is better than NOT having been making any attempts to begin with. There’s nothing wrong with setting goals and trying to be a more well rounded, happier person. Which is what I think resolutions are great at achieving or at least working towards. It’s a process and sometimes multiple attempts are needed. Yours are great! I also share your goal of working on our photography. I want to take a few classes along with some Lightroom classes. And I definitely need to drink more water! I’m embarrassed at how little I drink in a day….even in a week 🙁 I actually jotted down all of my resolutions and goals (they’re different I think, resolutions being things you want to start doing regularly like forming positive habits…and goals being more like one time events or accomplishments that take work and time and planning to achieve) in the very front of my new 2016 planner. That way, at the end of the year, I can easily see what I’ve actually accomplished and I can easily check in each week/month. All of this will be going into a post, btw, as well 🙂 My list is very long! But a few more: incorporate juicing and smoothies into each week. Begin some kind of fitness routine (no pressure, heck even just walking on my treadmill for 15 minutes a day is better than nothing!). Blog 2-3 times a week. Improve my sewing skills with a sewing class. Create a weekly routine for myself, on paper (but can be flexible day-to-day), that incorporates all of my responsibilities (like chores, bills, mom/wife stuff) AND hobbies/fitness/interests. I’m not getting as much out of each day as I could be and I know that if I plan out a weekly routine, I can get more done and also include myself as a priority. I’m really looking forward to this year, especially now that you and I can put our crazy baby drama behind us and actually focus on more than just…surviving. So many possibilities this year! Oh, and also, I’ve assigned two words to 2016. BALANCE and HUSTLE. I hope to spend the first part of the year (however long it takes) finding balance within myself, as a mom and wife and so forth. Once I feel more balance, I plan to HUSTLE. Move, seek, go after, accomplish, plan, achieve and basically kick ass and take names. Woot woot! -Misty (xoxoxoxo)

  • Christina @ Martha, Martha

    January 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I love the mix of practical (skin care) and daring! You’ll have to tell us all what your adverntures are. 🙂 This is my first year to pick a word. I think it’s an interesting concept.

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