MY 2017 RESOLUTIONS | APRIL CHECK-IN

Hello lovelies! Today’s post is something new for me and it’s also something I haven’t seen floating around the internet that much.

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How many of us make our new year’s resolutions on January 1st, but leave them to collect dust until the holidays roll around again and then promise to do better next year?

I’m sure for every person who makes resolutions for the sake of it and doesn’t follow through, there’s another person transforming their life and becoming a better version of themselves. But I think one of our biggest mistakes is forgetting to check in with ourselves throughout the year to see how we’re doing with our resolutions.

I meant to do a check-in post for every month this year, but better late than never, right? So let’s do a check-in for this month!

First off, let’s review my 2017 resolutions. For more detail on why I chose these resolutions, you can read about it here! But here’s a quick rundown:

1. Be physically and emotionally healthy.

2. Live life with more enthusiasm.

3. Be more creative with my blog and take it to another level.

4. Make time for creativity.

In a nutshell, these resolutions were connected with my desire to be healthier and I missed being creative.

1. Be physically and emotionally healthy.

For this resolution, I’ve been attempting to work out more regularly. I’m not very consistent by any means, but it’s better than my previous years. I’ve visited my school gym more than I have any other semester in college, and I’ve also tried other activities like dancing (even though I can’t dance, haha) for a cardio workout.

I lost 7 pounds at the beginning of the year, but I think that was mainly due to my diet since I ironically ate less over the holidays. Thankfully though, I have been able to maintain my weight for the last few months.

In terms of being emotionally healthy, there are still days where I get down on myself, but I’m a lot happier than I used to be. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have read some posts that chronicled my thoughts during some low times, although they always came back to trying to be positive and to bring myself (and anyone else who could relate) back up.

One way that I’m trying to combat my negative feelings is to occasionally treat myself. It can be something as simple as buying a smoothie or using a sheet mask. Another strategy I use is to take in my surroundings to take my mind off of things; I do this by looking at trees or the sky, people watching, or even analyzing the architecture of a building. Sometimes the smallest things might get you out of a negative rut or at least temporarily distract you.

I know this sounds kind of cheesy and you might be skeptical that looking at a tree will cheer you up. But nature is usually something that relaxes most people and I think a lot of people are too focused on their lives to look around. However, if this doesn’t work for you, try working on some puzzles or immersing yourself in learning a new skill. Basically, try not to use up too much time on your negative thoughts.

2. Live life with more enthusiasm.

I’ve definitely become more enthusiastic these days, but I still feel like a homebody sometimes. My current living situation brought out my more introverted side and I really like staying in at the moment. With that said, I still try to make time for friends and family, and I’ve been working on reconnecting with people I don’t see regularly.

3. Be more creative with my blog and take it to another level.

This is the most obvious goal to see my progress in since it deals with what you’re reading right now. I’ve done a few posts every month so far this year, but I haven’t been very consistent. However, I’m back for now and I’ve got lots of posts planned! I’ve also been trying to work on my photography skills and I’d like to think that I’m improving. I want to add more to my blog, but we’ll have to see how that pans out.

4. Make time for creativity.

This is a goal I still need to work on because I’ve been putting this side of me on the back burner and I can feel how much I need to release my artistic side. My logical side tells me to focus on school and work, but really, I just want to read books, look at nature and art, and write more.

Hopefully I can schedule out some time to be creative, but if not, I should have more free time to pursue my creative projects after I graduate. The only creative outlet I have at the moment is my blog and I bought a small drawing pad from Daiso so maybe I’ll be able to doodle for fun if I’m on the go and have some free time.

The lesson I’ve taken from these last few months is that it’s okay if you aren’t taking a step towards your resolutions every day. Sometimes life gets in the way, and new habits always take a while to adjust to. Don’t let failure during a certain period of time determine whether or not you’re failing at your yearly resolutions. Take it month by month or even day by day and track your progress.

I’m personally quite hard on myself, so this is something I’m currently working on.

So that’s my check-in for the month! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you lovelies tomorrow for an outfit of the day post!

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