5 Resolutions Everyone Should Keep

Put down that last piece of pie and start the new year right! I think new years resolutions, though mostly empty promises, can serve as a reminder to learn from the year before.

2011 was a good year. It was a year of change, of stress, and a year of love. Jeremy and I moved in to our apartment January 1st. That night we were tired from the rainy and stressful day of moving and ate our dinner on the floor. We sat and looked around, envisioning and negotiating where the furniture would go, anxious to see what our home would look like. We did not not know how great a year we would have. Jeremy kept me motivated in the last 6 months of school and I kept him motivated while he was in search for a job. We had a few parties, went on a few trips and celebrated our first year anniversary.

With a new year comes new years resolutions. But what are they really? Most people make empty promises to themselves about losing weight or giving up their favorite guilty pleasure. The new year is a time to look back and learn from last years mistakes. It’s a time to “wash the slate clean” and start again. It’s hopefulness and optimism. Here is a list of 5 resolutions I think everyone should partake in and keep them.

Everyone has at least one bad habit. Every year we aim to stop doing them, and most times we forget in a matter of weeks. I myself have been biting my nails since I was little. I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I plan to paint my nails with that icky tasting stuff so that I notice when my fingers are in my mouth. The goal is to devise a way to remind yourself when you are doing your bad habit. Make it a game with you and someone willing to hold you accountable. You don’t have to do it alone, you just have to have the drive to keep it up.

It’s simple. If you tweet/blog about things relevant to your field, you will have a better online presence and will stay relevant. Using titles like “how to get the job you want” or “25 inspiring websites” will resonate with your readers as valuable information and they will visit your site.

When you tweet, don’t talk about what you ate for lunch. Talk about current events in your field, or maybe a new tool that you bought or used. Mention people with @ tags or # tags and that will also get more viewers or even a follow up tweet.

I follow plenty of people and i’m getting more and more followers every day but I don’t tweet or post enough, therefore I’m not staying relevant. Jeremy Widen has had nearly 6,000 viewers since his relaunch in April. He did this by posting regularly to his blog (once a week) and writing about things relevant to his industry (film). He wrote movie reviews, gadget reviews, and has done a very succesful series of tutorials on cinema 4d.

Having personal side projects is what keeps you going when your work is less than creative. Keep a daily sketchbook and force yourself to draw something, anything. Make a blog/tumbler that records inspiring things you see on the street. Mine is here: http://lorettamaydesign.tumblr.com/.

My personal project is to create two patterns a month that will be later applied to stationery and maybe even some fabric later down the road.

This one is a biggie. Most people my age eat out a lot. There are a few of us that love to cook and I’m NOT one of them. I especially hate getting up early to make my lunch for work. Instead I follow the trend and go and get food from nearby cafe’s, which eats into my wallet and makes me gain more weight. If you do eat out, eat smaller portions and save the rest for the next day.

Life is too short to sacrifice your loved ones for your career. This is why I’ve reflected on last year and realized that I spent way too much time glued to my computer screen working on things that actually could be put off until tomorrow and less time on the couch cuddled up with the one I love. Jeremy is going to have to help me with this one in reminding me that I CAN take a break and that he is ultimately more important that making some crazy deadline I set for myself.

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