New Year's Resolutions - A New Way

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I am a huge fan of New Year Resolutions. They feel like a fresh start and it's a perfect time to reflect and recalibrate. That doesn't mean I'm great at following resolutions. I get way too excited and set unrealistic goals and then I don't follow them.

This morning I realized I didn't really know what I wanted my resolutions to be. 2016 was a huge year of growth for me and I wanted to keep that train moving. I ended up being really inspired by a video I watched by a fellow Canadian, Rachhloves (you can watch it here). The title mentioned 5 weird New Year's Resolutions and I am all about weird.

One thing she talked about was picking a word as a theme for your year and I was immediately inspired. I loved the idea of using a word that represents what you'd like to see from yourself in that year and using it as a checkpoint for yourself.

I am hoping to choose 2 or 3 words for 2017 so I can continue to see growth in myself. One of the examples Rachel gave is one of the words I have chosen and that is effort. I put more thought into the word and thought it was a good fit for my intentions for next year.

So my first resolution theme is Effort. More specifically, putting in the amount of effort needed to get the result I am looking for. So, for example, if I'm trying to get fit, I would ask myself if the effort I am putting into my work outs and healthy eating is really representative of the amount needed to get where I want to be. Creating a new budget is something else I'd like to do in the new year. So instead of making "budgeting" a goal (which is totally something I would do), I would just create the budget and then check in to see if the effort I am putting into following the budget is getting me my desired results. I'm often guilty of putting in less effort than needed and then getting frustrated I'm not seeing the results, especially when it's something I don't want to do. Ie, budget or eating less chocolate.

I haven't decided on my other theme words just yet but some themes I have thought of seem to revolve around being kinder to myself. I tend to put so much pressure on myself in all aspects of my life and I end up being really hard on myself. So hopefully I can come up with a theme word that represents those intentions.

Do you have any resolutions? I'd love to hear your intentions for 2017.

I also want to take a quick moment to thank you for your love and support this year. Happy New Year! xo

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