We’re more than halfway through January, so by this time I feel like most people are A.) Tired of hearing about New Year’s resolutions, B.) Realizing they didn’t really make or stick to any kind of one or C.) Wondering if there’s still time to hop on the bandwagon.
I’m of the mindset that C. is the answer, mainly because my birthday is at the start of February. See, January always sneaks up on me and I feel too much pressure to start the New Year off with a bang. I like to give myself the month to first, read everyone else’s resolutions and cherry pick my favorites, but really think about what I want to accomplish in the New Year as I tackle my next year of life.
In two weeks I turn 24, so I’m just shy of that quarter-life milestone. I’ve pushed myself to think more about what I want to accomplish as I tackle this next birthday, in addition to what I want 2014 to encompass for me. Here are three of my life resolutions for 24, which I’m going to call the year of Sasha Fierce, because, Beyonce.
1.) Learn to say no: I’ve always been a people pleaser, which isn’t a bad quality, but I’ve realized after a while, you and your own life begin to take a back seat to everyone else’s. I have an incredible job working in entertainment news, but my hours are nothing short of crazy and having a life outside of the office isn’t always easy. I’ve had to learn to really prioritize my life beyond work. If there are things I want to do that make me happy, that’s what I’m going to do because the time I have to myself is so limited. What I’ve learned is that the people who are most important, those who are your true lifeboat people, they will always want you to put yourself first too. If you get pushback from people who don’t try to understand where you are in life and what you’re going through, it’s time to reevaluate the relationship.
2.) Make time for what is important: with the above said, make sure to remember what IS important in your life. Putting yourself first is the key to your health and sanity, but don’t let that be the reason your relationships change. Remember to tell the people you care about how much they mean to you and make time for them, even if it’s a quick coffee break or a phone call to tell them you’re thinking of them. Just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean there isn’t room in your life for the people and things you love – you just have to get creative with how you divvy up your time. Even the smallest gestures can have the biggest impact.
3.) Go after what you want: Being home for the holidays was a welcome break from the craziness of LA that made me take the time to slow down and look at what I’ve accomplished so far and what I want to go after in the year to come. I think it’s imperative to take the time to check in with yourself and remember why you’re where you are in life. Sometimes we get so caught up in the life we’ve created that we forget to chase the life we’ve always dreamed of. Don’t let where you are dictate where you think you’re headed. 2014 is the year to be bold and take chances. A good sense of self and belief in your dreams will lead you where you’re meant to be.