As the fireworks burst into the sky and the champagne is being served, I began to ponder what the New Year will bring. I’ve been so blessed in 2013. I started my senior year at Ole Miss, created this blog, made new friends and stronger friendships, and much more. With the ringing in of a New Year, I know I can expect a fresh, new start. I will be graduating from Ole Miss in May and will hopefully be starting a new job. Although leaving Ole Miss will be so hard, I know that I have much to look forward to in 2014.
Every year I make several resolutions. Most never make it past a couple of months and the rest are the same ones passed down from previous New Year’s. This year however, I wanted to choose resolutions that are not only practical but they are also obtainable…and here they are:
Do one random act of kindness per month (possibly more than once a month).
I decided to choose this New Year’s resolution after I was given a free meal in the drive-thru at Chick-Fil-A. I know it might sound silly, but I had tears in my eyes as the cashier told me that the lady in front of me had payed for my meal and said, “she does it often.” It’s such a small and selfless act of kindness and I think it’s a great way to pay it forward.
I started this New Year’s resolution on New Year’s Eve. My bar tab was $17.00 and I tipped the bartender $10.00. He blew me a kiss and I instantly felt better. He also gave great service so that made me really feel like my act of kindness was going the extra mile, because he deserved it.
I know what you are all thinking, this is everyone’s New Year’s resolution, and you’re right, it probably is. However, I’m not trying to go on a crazy diet or eat vegetables and fruits all day only. I’m just trying to train my mind and body to eat healthier, simple as that. I want to train myself to want to eat healthier, not feel forced. So for me this includes not going to get iced coffee and a bagel/muffin every morning on my way to class, as well as being lazy and getting fast food or going out to eat when instead I could be cooking something more healthy at home.
I rarely ever cook and I by no means consider myself a chef. I have always admired my mother’s and aunt’s cooking capabilities and figured that I would never be able to cook such wonderful meals. However, this year I want to try to cook a lot more and I also want to challenge myself to cook things that would normally scare me away, such as steak, which I would probably ruin somehow. I’m willing to challenge myself to prepare delicious, and sometimes challenging meals so that I can one day cook great meals for my family and friends.
Work on my blog.
I started this blog in November and have since written several blog posts and posted many things to my Instagram and Pinterest accounts. However, I want to step up my “blogging game” and really challenge myself to create an amazing, fun, and interesting blog. I plan on writing many more posts as well as writing those posts more often.
I hope my New Year’s resolutions have inspired you! And I hope 2014 brings you good changes, happiness, and love. Wish me luck!