1.06.2014 0 Notes Bring it on 2014!

"New Year, New You!" seems to be the recurring slogan with the beginning of the NYE festivities, and so cliché. Sometimes I think that it's easy to jump on that bandwagon, but my resolutions this year focus on a better me, not a new me. This year, my plan is to build upon the foundation of myself. Now, I know myself more than I ever have. I know what I'm capable of and what my dreams are and most importantly, I have a better idea of what I want for my life. My resolutions this year are:

1. Cut out processed foods. This year, I learned the hard way that my body can't handle what I want to eat all the time. I've had to sit down and completely restructure my diet and this year, I want to get my eating problems under control.

2. Hit the gym for at least 30 minutes daily. Making the time to hit the gym always seems to be a struggle for me. I'm exhausted when I get home from work and can never wake up before I'm running 15 minutes late. This year, I've set up a schedule to stick to and hit the ground running. I plan to get 30 minutes of activity every day, whether it's walking, biking, running, lifting weights, anything I can do. Seeing as my apartment complex has a gym, there's really no excuse. And since I work where I live... lunch break exercise? BEST. IDEA. EVER.

3. Pack lunch for work every day. I am the worst at this! Since I work with my best friends and have a kick-ass boss, we eat together and snack together ALL THE TIME. Granted, normally, we're pretty good. Hummus, crackers, and health-concious meals seem to be our forte, but don't get me wrong, we love a good sushi date! The majority of what's left of my paychecks, after bills of course, is generally spent on food. In my effort to save more, I want to prepare meals so I can literally grab and go in the hurry every morning :)

4. Save all the money I would be using to eat out. With a heart that has a natural knack for travel, a great adventure, clothing, and make-up, I need to come up with a fund to devote to these luxuries. And in an effort to knock out processed foods, this is just the way to do it!

5. Be more positive. This is by far one of my most important resolutions this year. Simply having a smile on your face, choosing a more positive set of words or phrases, and having an overall better approach on life is something I've always had trouble with and this year my mantra is to embrace positivity!

6. Write, everyday. One of my passions is writing, yet I don't always get to do it. Sure I write emails and stuff on a daily basis, but writing about my life and things that I like is a way I de-stress and relax. This year, I vow to write a little bit every day. 

7. Travel. A girl can never travel too much! This year, I want to hit the road, whether it's exploring California, or traveling stateside, I plan to be a jet-setter whenever possible this year! Before I graduate college, my goal is to travel to all the places in the US that I want to see before I graduate. My bucket list includes visiting every single state and collecting an iconic t-shirt from each one and I WILL DO IT before I graduate in December 2015!

8. Unplug! This is something I struggle with on a daily basis and for 2014, I want to make a more conscious effort to be present. I've already done some app re-arranging on my phone in an effort to make it more difficult to quickly and mindlessly access my apps and games. I want to be able to appreciate and take in moments as they happen and not miss out. 

What are your resolutions for this year? Wishing everyone a wonderful start to twenty-fourteen!

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