Hey everyone! Are y’all (I’m from the South lol) as excited as I am about 2018? 2017 was not the best year for me, but I can say I’ve learned A LOT! There are some changes I’d like to start making even before the new year and I’m challenging myself to stick with it throughout 2018.
It’s so easy for me to become uninterested in doing something or just to forget about it altogether. With that being said I won’t call my changes “resolutions” (goodness I hate resolutions), I’ll just call them lifestyle changes, simply because that’s what they are. I need to become the new and improved Jazz without changing myself on the inside, if that makes sense. Hmm, maybe it doesn’t make sense. Let’s see, I want to tweak myself so that I become Jasmine 2.0. I want to add qualities to myself that will enhance me (not surgically). For example, I’ve been putting my health on the back burner of the stove. That’s one thing that I am currently working on. This includes changing what I eat and drink, exercising more, and just being conscious of what I put in and on my body. I’m not becoming vegan or a vegetarian yet but I would like to see a difference in how I feel and look after paying more attention to what I consume.
Another thing I’d like to work on now and in 2018 is my focus. I heard Steven Furtick (lead pastor at Elevation Church in North Carolina) talk about focus and distractions recently on his instagram page (click here to watch). I was distracted a lot this year. Although I accomplished some goals, many of them fell by the wayside. So my plan is to write them down in my Erin Condren life planner that I love so much, carry my goals into the new year, and track my progress.
Like I mentioned before 2017 has really been a struggle for me. But, I believe everything happens for a specific reason and that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I’m grateful for the struggles because I’ve learned how to handle difficult situations. The amount of personal growth that I’ve endured is phenomenal. If your year has been like mine, be encouraged. Things will get better! You just have to put in the work to help make it happen. Write down your goals and hold yourself accountable. It’s okay to fail just don’t give up. There’s power in persistence. Happy Holidays!