New Year's Resolutions
With the new year starting, many people have made resolutions of loosing weight or self discovery or a social media cleanse like Selena Gomez. Despite the fact that most of us will abandon these resolutions by the middle of February, we wanted to take some time to focus on the resolutions we hope to make for the year.
A note on why people abandon their resolutions, there was a recent article published that mentioned one of the reasons people give up on these ideas is because they are too idealistic without being made reasonable. They are an idea of how we wish we could be without thinking of where we are at. People who make resolutions to exercise or lose weight often over do it in the beginning so it is difficult for them to continue to adhere to it. One element that is crucial is enjoyment. If you enjoy what your resolution is, then you are more likely to succeed.
With the above article in mind, my New Year's resolution was to do one thing every day that makes me happy. Whether it is sewing a dress, reading a science article or exercising, I want to do one thing each and every day that makes me happier.
I do many things during the day and wear a lot of hats. I work doing research as well as attending school. At the same time, I am a wife, have pets and care of chickens. I also have a job more related to fashion on evenings and weekends (to satisfy my endless creative side) as well as co writing this blog (with Lisa who is also the best ever). For the blog, we create content and work on creating garments in the hopes of starting a clothing line. All of these things are things I really honestly and truly love, but there are times when they feel like work. There are days when I do not have the time to take photos for the blog like I wish that I could or my experiments are not working the way that I wish they would. To make sure that I am not getting so overwhelmed, taking time out of each and every day to make sure I am doing something that makes me happy is the perfect way to combat feelings of being overwhelmed.
I feel the enjoyment factor is high here because there is a focus on happiness and not one work or self improvement. I am all for goals of self improvement. I know that I fail myself and others at times and there are certainly things that I need to work on as an individual. It is difficult for people to try to change if it is to become something that they are not. When I am stressed and overwhelmed, it is difficult to focus on happiness, mine or anyone elses.
For 2018, I want a happier and more stress free self so that I can focus on nurturing my passions and cultivating stronger relationships with my community. This last bit seems more lofty. It may be the part of my resolution that I abandon by Valentine's day but I still think that I will be able to continue working on one thing each day that makes me happy.
I’m horrible at setting (and lets be honest, maintaining) New Year’s resolutions. While my wonderful husband had three excellent ones ready on January 1, I had trouble sorting out a few things to improve and focus on—not from any lack of ideas, mind you, but narrowing them down into goals I can track and be held accountable for
So while I’ve got a couple more resolutions I’d like to work on as well, my biggie for 2018 is making more time for my creative pursuits. This will encompass my passion for my artwork, crafting, and, maybe most of all, my musical interests.
I’ve played flute for twenty years now—that’s 2/3 of my life! But I’ve really been slacking with my practicing since my undergrad days. I’ve played a few weddings and just for fun here and there, but I miss the tedious scales, the toning exercises, and the enjoyment of really getting to know a piece of music. This is my year to find an ensemble to join and get back to regular rehearsals, practicing, and feeling like a musician once again.
I also am going to make time to work on my art as well. I separate my art (painting, watercolors, drawing, and ceramics) from my crafting and this year I’m going to make a little more time for both. I’d like to work on refining one medium that I know I enjoy and challenge myself with a new one (even briefly). Craft nights are fun, especially in the company of good friends, and I’d like to go back to hosting more of them.
New Years resolutions are always tricky. In the moment, on New Year's Eve, they seem like the best idea in the world but we often find out towards the end of the month that they are difficult for us to follow through on. Remember to keep it simple and make sure that you are enjoying what you do. That is the key to success for New Years resolutions and for life.