Achieving your 2017 resolutions

The start of a new year means rebooting your mind and setting resolutions you wish to accomplish over the next 365 days. Typically, we want to eat healthier or workout more, but time and time again we find that our goals get lost within our busy schedules. When thinking about what you may want to improve on this year, remember to keep it realistic and rational. Do not set goals that you know are impractical – that is setting yourself up for failure. Think of things that you know you can do by working hard and being mindful. Keep yourself accountable by writing a list of your resolutions and displaying it in your room or on your fridge as a daily reminder. Here are five of my own personal New Year’s resolutions that will hopefully inspire you to make 2017 the best year yet.

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Cook More

This year I want to be more experimental in the kitchen and cook a majority of my meals rather than running out to convenient, quick restaurants like Verde or Caviar and Bananas. Not only will this save money, but it will improve my culinary skills and creativity. I plan to keep my meals healthy and incorporate whole foods while avoiding processed foods with added toxins. I would love to be able to prepare all of my meals, but realistically, I know that as a college student balancing school work, a job and a social life, this is nearly impossible. My goal this year is to cook more than half of my meals every week.

Try New Foods

This was one of my goals last year and I am proud to say that I stuck with it all year! I tried escargot when I visited Paris, different sushi combinations and Thai food. I am not picky when it comes to food but I tend to steer away from things that I am unfamiliar with and go for something more mainstream. This year I plan to expand my taste buds even further and try to order something I have never had when I go out to eat or maybe pick up a different grocery I have never tried before. It opens your eyes to a whole new world of different foods and cuisines that you were missing out on!

Make the Dean’s List

Getting grades that I am proud of is a constant goal of mine, but this year I want to challenge myself to make the Dean’s List in both the spring and fall semesters. This will encourage me to spend a little more time in the library and a little less time watching Netflix. Staying organized, meeting with my professors, and studying with other students in my classes are a few tricks I hope will help me on my road to success.

Be More Environmentally Conscious

After taking a Geology course last semester, my eyes were opened to the embarrassing amount of pollution and destruction human beings are contributing to the Earth. It was startling to see that the place we inhabit and depend on for so many resources is being deteriorated because of our selfishness. I hope to become more aware of personal habits that may not be environmentally friendly and try to reverse them to help the planet. Recycling more, taking shorter showers, and bringing reusable bags to the grocery store are just a few ways I hope to implement a green thumb in 2017.

Run 5 Miles

Every May, my town has a five mile run with thousands of participants to kick off the summer season. I typically go and watch my friends and family members run it, cheering them on from the sidelines. This year, I have decided to participate in the race and run the entire 5 miles alongside those I typically am rooting for. Running is not an easy task and will take dedication and persistence, but it will be worth it as soon as I cross that finish line.

Whatever your goal may be, just remember to keep working towards it and to not stop because it gets tough. As long as your resolutions are sensible and practical in your life, you can make 2017 the year to achieve them.

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