My New Year’s Intentions: Staying Positive in 2018

My Intentions for the New Year 2018

Happy 2018 friends!

January got off to a bit of a rocky start for me due to a pretty severe family emergency. It was something that tested my strength and reminded me of all the things I take for granted on a daily basis. I learned the importance of family and how powerful it is when the people you love band together. It’s something I plan to discuss in a blog post down the road, but for now I’ll just say that the storm has passed and everything has almost returned to normal.

I was excited for 2018 before the holidays, but now more then ever I’m ready to tackle the new year head on. I resolve to work hard, and go after what I want. In the past my resolutions have been nothing more than the obvious – work out, eat less cheese, save money, blah-dee-blah – but this year I’ve made a list of positive intentions that I can apply to my every day which will (hopefully) be much more effective than eating less Havarti.

Be Positive, Be Grateful

Be Positive! Everyone’s favourite resolution! But seriously, it’s easier said than done. I struggled a lot with negativity in 2017. How could you not? The world is a weird place right now, and the internet seems to be running the show. Everyone’s opinions are at your fingertips all of the time, and sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to escape.

This year I am shutting down negativity in any way I can. Whether it be on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (which I deactivated just last night), or even – gasp! – IRL, if I see someone dumping their toxic waste, I’m hitting the unfollow button. I’m making it my mission to surround myself with strong, intelligent, respectful, inspiring people who adapt when things go wrong and change what isn’t working for them, rather than sit around and moan.

That being said, I also intend to brush the dirt off my shoulders, stop taking things personally when they don’t concern me, and not let someone else’s negative energy ruin my day. I’m going to aim to be grateful always, no matter what obstacles arise, because that’s a quality I admire most in other people.

Keep organized/stay ahead of things

It’s been many years since I was hopeful about becoming the type of person who never procrastinated – instead I’ve learned to become the type of person who keeps relatively ahead or on top of things, so that when the inevitable Procrastination Monster rears its ugly head, I won’t drown hours later in an ocean of all the things I need to get done.

Eat & drink mindfully

You know how it is – you’re hanging out with the girls and someone just keeps pouring the wine; you’re watching a particularly gripping episode of Riverdale, while also binge-eating way more veggie sticks* than you had realised; or that terrible person at work brought in doughnuts again and somehow you managed to eat three and a half!

While my pants have been feeling a bit tight post-holidays, this is not so much a lose weight & get fit goal as a be more aware of what you’re putting into your body goal. So far this month I’ve been careful to eat slowly, and drink loads of sparkling water during meals. I want to eat and drink because I’m genuinely hungry or because I definitely want a glass of Shiraz. I don’t want to toss back food and alcohol simply because it’s there. And hey, as long as I’m being mindful of how I eat, I never have to give up cheese!

*potato chips in disguise

Spend mindfully

Eating and drinking mindfully leads right into spending mindfully. Anyone else’s wallet turn into a bottomless pit when it comes to food and drink? I’ll ponder over on online clothing/makeup/furniture order for hours but then drop $90 on dinner like it’s nothing!

I want to cook as many of my meals as possible this year, and only buy another drink if I really want one, not just because everyone else is having one. I want to spend my money on more experiences that will actually enrich my life, not just something I’m going to digest within the hour.

Wake up early

And go to sleep early! My day runs much more smoothly when I have ample time to myself in the morning, before I head out into the world. It’s also been proven that you will sleep better at night and function better during the day if you make a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. I find I’m most productive in the morning, so there’s no point in burning the candle at both ends!

Stop comparing myself to others

Despite how far I’ve come in my quest to quit comparing myself to others, I still trip up now and again. Some days Instagram is my biggest inspiration and other days it’s a huge mental road block. I worry about my success rate as a fledgling blogger before I’ve even given myself a chance. I want to continue to remind myself that everyone has to start somewhere, and somebody else’s journey is going to look completely different from mine. Oh, and that I’m doing this because I love it!

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So there you have it, my little list that will hopefully take me a long way. What are your positive intentions this year? Let me know in the comments! Perhaps I can start my list for 2019 early…

E

6 Comments

  1. January 16, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Elizabeth, love your list of resolutions (or as I prefer to call them GOALS) for the year! I totally agree with needing to make an effort to be positive, it’s so so so easy to get wrapped up in all the pressures we put on ourselves and everything we see around us and end up being negative nancys. I’m definitely going to be making an effort to do this this year too!

    Kirsten // http://www.kirstenwendlandt.com

    • elizabethingold
      January 24, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks Kirsten! I just want to be able to breathe a little easier this year, yanno?

  2. January 20, 2018 / 3:26 am

    There’s honestly nothing better than having a positive, non-cranky/complainy friend! I switched my mindset to be more positive back in 2015 or 2016, right before my Father passed away – it’s honestly just a better way to live. No one loves to be around a crank or someone who complains about first world problems all the time. I’m glad I shifted my mind-set!! Btw, I used to live in Kitchener-Waterloo (sorta close to Toronto) for 10 years (originally from Newfoundland). Random 🙂

    • elizabethingold
      January 24, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Oooh KW represent! Haha. I find dealing with tough stuff to be much easier somehow when you’ve got a positive outlook. It’s not always easy but I’m going to try my hardest! 🙂

  3. January 23, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Hope everything is okay with your family girl!! Always be positive and grateful – that’s definitely something I need to practice more in my everyday life!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

    • elizabethingold
      January 24, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Everything’s okay girl! Thanks for your concern. 🙂 x

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