Most of the people I know are in the mindset of “new year, new me? No way, new year same me because I’m awesome.” I love the positive self-esteem coming from my friends. It can be a great way to think for some. For others, new year, new me is important because they want to make changes to make their lives better. Maybe that means going to therapy, or starting at the gym, or letting things go. It could be something small, but whatever it is, whether they believe it or not, it will lead to a new them.
Queen of the world (Drake Bay, Costa Rica, May 2019)
I don’t really believe in new years resolutions, because they are so subject to fail. I’d rather think of it as guiding principles for the year, because for me, there are things I’d like to accomplish. Not necessarily “new year, new me” but rather continuing to drive myself to be the best me possible. There are three aspects of my life that I’d like to work on the most. One is health related, one affects more of my mental health, and the last affects occupation and leisure (yes, at the same time).
Say hello to my little friend.
First things first, I’d like to be better at taking my medications. Don’t get me wrong, I’m great at the morning doses. Like super on top of that. I’m terrible at the evening doses. I need to hold myself to a higher standard and be as good as my evening doses as I am at my morning ones!
Meds, meds, meds, meds.
Second, I need to just let things go. Not all things, but specifically work things. Because there is some negative energy in my workplace that I’ve voiced concerns about for months and months and nothing changes. I remind myself that I have a year until my practicum starts for counselling, and, therefore, less than a year as a full time employee at that place. I want to enjoy my job for this year, so I need to just breathe and go with the flow.
As the captain of the employee committee, I just want to have fun and do stuff like this!
Lastly, I feel I can be a lot more productive with my time. Those who know me are probably rolling their eyes and saying, Kelsey, you work full time, you’re doing your Masters, and you have two volunteering jobs. But at the end of the day, I always end up watching an hour plus of Netflix (or Disney+) and I could be doing so much more. If I took half that time spent on basically nothing from last year (don’t get me wrong, I think that some down time is great for mental health) on doing something like writing, than I may actually have something written. I want to write a book, I want to write a screenplay or two, I want to make a short film that my friend and I wrote a year ago, I want to start a vlog. I need more creativity to balance the side of my brain that is so focused on research and school.
Fun and creativity are coming my way.
It’s not new year, new me. It’s new year, better version of me.