To be completely honest with you I am not good at New Years Resolutions. I always just say it out loud once to my husband or friends that I want what everyone wants… to get any version of a fitness routine. Basic, right? Well this year I found myself saying something different, heck feeling something different. Wanting an actual fresh start. Not just rolling my eyes at everyones resolutions while silently being jealous of their strength to even set goals out loud that may not be completed. It may be my OCD, but something about setting a goal that I may possibly not achieve makes me not only anxious but frankly just overall feel defeat instantly. Am I alone in this?
Well y’all, not this year. 2017 was a year of discovery for me. It was a rough one but I think it makes me feel stronger going into 2018. So here it goes. My 2018 resolutions that whether they are satisfied of not will exist in infamy here on ALP…
- Fall back in love with what I do.
With my other business, Ronzio Digital, picking up the last several years I have put my beloved ALP on the back burner. I have such a deep love for this almost eight year old baby but found myself no longer excited to get a post up. From the Instagram algorithm kicking everyone’s butt to page views falling to getting confused looks when I tell people I left politics to blog full time, I felt defeated. Does no one care about the outfits I’m wearing? Heck, do I even care? Then as my life began to take on some rough bumps in the road last year I found myself wanting to share more than just a picture of me smiling in an outfit I curated but instead my travels, home, etc. Luckily after doing a small poll on Instagram Stories I found out that y’all feel the same. Fitness, home and beauty was what you all want more of. Talk about meant to be.
- Be a better wife and friend.
I think I spent so much of 2017 discovering more about myself and trying to better myself that I forgot that the reason I could do this was because of the people around me. Getting to know yourself definitely helps you become a better friend, wife, sister or daughter but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are giving to those around you to your full capacity. I am determined this year to start to make a shift to being the best friend/wife I know I can be.
- Get healthy.
I am the queen of mac and cheese. No really. It’s so known amongst my family and friends it has become laughable. I don’t really know a lot about healthy eating but have been making huge strides in understanding what goes in my body in the last year. This year I want it to become more natural for me to reach for the healthier options, learn to love/desire them. To try new foods (just tried a cauliflower crust for our pizza the other night and, guys, I’m in love), take some cooking classes and overall create a healthy habit are just a few things I want to insert into my healthy 2018.
- Create habits… good habits.
Speaking of habits, we are all creatures of habit and whether it is good or bad we all have habits that we wish to alter. I am determined to make GOOD habits. Meal planning, some version of cardio daily, reaching out to someone just because and choosing to sit and chat with someone versus stare at the TV are just a few I have in mind. Consistency is key.
- Be a better listener.
This is reallllly hard for me. I truly love chatting with people. Anyone really. I am an introverted extrovert and sometimes I find myself so excited to talk to someone but I feel like I am not fully absorbing what they are saying, but more just going through the motions (ie. how are you? how was your day?). I am determined to really listen to the answers to those sometimes throw away questions.
This is my first really life chat blog post in a very long time and frankly it felt good. I’m talking happy tears while typing good. I used to believe that when it came to my outfit posts you were here for the visuals. I am a strong believer in creating beautiful images over telling you why I put those pieces together. I think the images should speak for themselves. But when it comes to my lifestyle content, from here on known as A Lacey Perspective on Life, I want to chat with y’all more.
Happy New Year my loves and let’s make 2018 the year of growth! xo