How to Create Your Best Year

I love the beginning of a new year. That feeling of having a clean slate, a fresh start, and a chance to start new habits. However, it can be a tad overwhelming to think of trying to totally reinvent yourself and become a brand new, better you. New Year's Resolutions for some can mean disappointment, failure, and a return to bad habits. So how can we realistically create the best year for ourselves and achieve all that we desire? Here's some helpful tips so that you can make 2018 your best year yet. 

Writing down your goals, hopes, and dreams for the year can be helpful to get the ball rolling. In past years I've written things like, "become more organized" and "drink more water" and yet here I am, my room is a disaster and I haven't drank any water today and it's almost dinnertime! This year, however, will be different. Instead of writing vague phrases as resolutions I am going to be very specific with not only my goals, but how to get there! Write yourself step by step instructions on the specific goals you want to achieve. So, instead I'm going to write down, "clean my room" and all the steps I'm taking to make that possible. And rather than, "drink more water" I'm going to write, "Have a glass of water with every meal". Becoming a whole new person is overwhelming, but making small changes in your daily routine doesn't have to be. 

  Headband  |  Coat  |  Jeans  |  Boots  (similar)

Headband | Coat | Jeans | Boots (similar)

You might have aspirations to go from a couch potato to a marathon runner, but those kinds of changes are probably too drastic. If you have fitness goals, as with all your other goals, you should set yourself up for success rather than disappointment. I am a firm believer that fitness and healthy living is a lifestyle, not a crash and burn kind of thing. Therefore, if you haven't been to the gym in 10 years, shoot for going three times a week, and be proud of yourself when you do! 

Having a visual representation of your goals, like a vision board, is a great way to keep reminding yourself of the changes you want to make. Cut out images and phrases from magazines or print of pictures of people who you aspire to be like. Hang this board somewhere where you can see it everyday, so that when your motivation is lacking you can remember why you started all this nonsense in the first place. 

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Sometime during the year, it could be sooner or later, you're going to lose motivation and want to go back to your old habits. Habits are hard to break, but an old dog can learn new tricks! Just know that slipping up is inevitable, but that doesn't make you a failure. The truth is, you don't need a new year to start over and become the person you've always wanted to be, you can do that anytime! And it's never too late to try, try again. 

A lot of times at the beginning of the year we look back and only remember how it went wrong and all of our bad habits that contributed to that. But we aren't so bad! I may hardly ever drink water (my spirit animal is a cactus) and have the messiest room in the Midwest, but I have good habits too! I without fail take my makeup off every night and floss at least four times a week (dentist, are you proud? some people never floss there teeth)! Try not to be too hard on yourself and instead of focusing soley on everything you need to change about yourself, give yourself some credit and remember all the good habits to bring into the new year! 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it helpful! What are some of your goals for the New Year? Share them with me in the comments below! Also feel free to share this post to offer friends and family some inspiration going into the New Year.