Although I’m a little late to be ringing in the New Year with a blog post, I still thought that I should get around to writing again as I’ve been MIA since early December. It was a busy month for me, but I’m back now and eager to get 2018 going!
When January rolled around a few weeks ago, I was feeling a little lost as to what I wanted to have my New Years resolutions to be. Obviously, I didn’t have to form any resolutions, (since it’s not like I always follow them) but I felt like I needed something to keep in mind while going through this year to try and keep me somewhat on track in my life. The results were this: a blank list, a loss of motivation, and a disheartened mindset. I couldn’t think of one single thing that I would be able to follow. I had tried to do the typical “eat healthy and work out” resolutions in the past, but nothing ever stuck and I ended up feeling embarrassed and defeated every time I would get off track. Therefore, I wanted to have a resolution that would grant me the motivation to keep up with it and here’s where I landed!
About a week ago, I took to prayer in order to seek guidance for some things I was questioning in my life. As usual, I was questioning my path in life and my career, as well as my abilities and passions. I asked God why I’ve been struggling so much to find a career path that I love and why it felt like some people had an easier walk with finding their passions and hobbies. It felt like my eyes were opened up a little wider when I woke up the next day (no joke) and I felt a deeper calling to the career path that I’ve been iffy about, but considered for a long time – social work. The words “community outreach” were somehow all over my brain even though I have never really thought of that before in the past. To be completely honest, I didn’t even know what community outreach entailed before I did some research online that day. I found out that FSU has a community outreach program (what great luck!) that encourages students to go out and volunteer within the Tallahassee community to find organizations and different causes that they’re passionate about. This rambling story leads me to one of my first goals for this year – volunteering!
I believe that community service is so important because you’re becoming a part of something much bigger than yourself. I’ve always reminded myself that if you are able to help someone, no matter the consequences, you should always step forward to give them a hand. I’m hoping to join at least 3 new clubs on campus this year, as well as doing a volunteer project every week (if time and prior commitments allow), which is something that is so exciting to me! Some people in this world are going through unfortunate circumstances that may be out of their control and a simple act of kindness could really make the difference for them. So, if there’s a charity or volunteer opportunity that you’ve ever wanted to get involved in, give it a go this year! I’ll be right there with you.
The second goal that I’m hoping I can keep up with this year is being more positive in my conversations, in my thoughts, and for my outlook on life in general. I know that this one can be pretty difficult (and the advice is somewhat obvious), but staying positive can simply improve the quality of your life. If you’re anything like me, you’ll always find something that’s wrong and needs to be better, or you’ll find little things that annoy you throughout the day. This year, I’m trying to really think about the things that are causing me to have those negative thoughts and asking myself if it’s worth it to waste energy on them. Having a positive attitude will make you feel good. It will make you feel like you can take on the world and can help you be productive with your day. 2018 is the year for change, people! Help your mental health (and the people around you) and try to maintain a positivity streak! I’m going on 9 positive days in a row now 🙂
Another thing that I’m working on this year (which you can benefit from as well) is to try and limit the amount of things that make me anxious or uneasy and become more carefree. In terms of things that make me anxious, the list goes on and on: getting shots, being in large crowds of people, driving on busy roads, being around people who are sick, etc. Being anxious at times is OKAY. It’s NORMAL. Similar to how I’m trying to become more positive this year, the same idea applies to how I’m trying to become more carefree: I’m really thinking about the things that are making me uneasy and asking if it’s truly worth it to get myself worked up about them. Personally, I’m ready to live my life without any of those uneasy thoughts holding me back at times, so this is something that I’m going to try really hard to maintain throughout this year.
My hope for 2018 is that it’s the best year yet and I really think that these three goals are the foundations for getting me to that point. I’ve probably said this about a thousand times now, but I’m truly excited to see what God has in store for me this year!
I hope y’all have had a good start to your January so far and let me know if you have any resolutions/goals for this year!
“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24