New Year resolutions tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life’s problems. It’s been proven that gyms have the highest membership rate during the month of January, but eventually dwindle down in numbers once March comes around. Why is that? Because so many people see the New Year as an excuse to drastically change. The problem with this is that it often is not truly change, but a forced dream. Stop and think it over. A new year marks a new start at altering your flaws, therefore you create a dream to sculpt your ideal body, study to become the best student you can be, and eat healthier to feel like a new person. Yes, these are great goals, but change is a process and not a spur of the moment decision. If change happened that fast then we’d have a problem. Although it’s great to have goal for the new year, stop overdoing it! And please don’t expect your mindset to alter overnight. The New Year is exciting, but not that magical. It can only motivate, not permanently create.

My suggestion? Have a theme.

In writing you always have to have a theme of some sort, whether you realize it or not. A good story will have an underlying message that stands as the base to each paragraph of the body. Once a theme is chosen you have a layout of what you want to say and how you want to say it, then you begin to write. In the process of writing you may find flaws in your outline, but that is exactly what you want to happen! If you can find a flaw, then that means you’ve discovered a way to improve on that area and make your overall project better. All because you began with that one small mishap.

The same goes for everyday life. This year choose a theme, something that you’ve been lacking in and need to slowly change. Then create a plan on how to go about training yourself to be motivated and end in positive results. If you know that you need to change your health, then plan out at least three super healthy meals a week. Thats one paragraph of your life. Chose to walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. That’s paragraph two. (Choosing the stairs really does work, I promise!)

It’s that easy! If you find that climbing up the ten flights of stairs is too much, then alter your outline and decide on adding in only one flight of stairs a day. Work toward your ultimate theme, don’t try and make the theme work for you. Watching The Biggest Looser while eating Ramen noodles is not going to do anything. (Unless you have a superpower to reap the benefits of others hard work, then by all means be my guest)

This past year has been one of the worst. I’m not saying that there weren’t amazing days, because there were, but life threw some huge boulders in my way that blocked my view of the positive light. Therefore, my theme for 2016 is love. Not the generic love that you hear about, the kind that you roll your eyes at, but the basics of the word love. I’m going back to what I’m passionate about, what makes me tick. I want to recapture the moment when I see a lost girl’s face light up as she shares her burden, the melodic sound of laughter from friends who were in need of each others company. The love that an artist has for his/her creations, the satisfied expression they have when they completed their goal. It’s the little things in life that should make us happy, and I’ve gotten so caught up in the craziness that I forgot how to take pleasure in the world’s little moments. How am I changing this? By intentionally placing myself in an atmosphere of love. I have started to seek out the needs of others, looking for opportunities to better people’s lives. When I get overwhelmed, I write or paint to calm the mind and reignite the love that I have for self expression. I’m not expecting a life altering enlightenment, but rather a rekindled love for living.

What have you lost this past year? What are you going to do about it?

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