At the Root of New Year’s Resolutions

Tis the season after Christmas. It is the end of the holiday season and is the last month we hope to have snow in before aptly hoping for Spring–yes, it’s January. January is the first month of the year if you follow the Julian calendar, and it’s that special time of the year where you make false predictions about your life goals over the course of the next year before also aptly forgetting all about them. It’s what in 2010 we used to call “New Year New Me” if you were a basic hoe. It’s the time to make resolutions!

What goes into making a resolution? Typically resolutions are something you’d like to achieve over the course of the next 365 days. Whether it be a slim bod or reaching a promotion at the office, these are ambitious dreams for the end of 2021. You could keep a goal to and set a standard trail of breadcrumbs to get to said finish line. Other resolutions may include a list of things, such as a destination trip list over the course of the year or how many books you’d like to read over the next 12 months. These are also important goals to keep as well because they give you smaller achievements to look forward to over this next year. 

I want to start off by saying that both of these are entirely important goals if making resolutions at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve is something you like to do. Both of these should be achievable goals that give you some wiggle room in the middle, especially if you procrastinate a lot on your goals. If this is the first year you are to achieve your resolution, the best way is to accept your weaknesses. Instead of losing 50 pounds over the next 12 months, say you want to lose 10 pounds. If you lose 10 pounds and reach that goal by August, then you are doing pretty okay. You will feel inspired, and then you can set your next goal of losing 10 more pounds and see how much you can achieve by the end of the following year. 

You are going to be more likely to keep your goals if you put forth the research into making these goals attainable. If you want to have a new car by the end of 2021, then I’d suggest doing research into better ways to save money or to make passive income. Sometimes research is as simple as watching a couple of youtube videos on how to make meal preps when you’re on a budget. If you’re serious about your goals, you’re going to make time to figure out how this is going to work. The more research you put into planning, the more likely you are going to be at succeeding in keeping your resolutions.

Surround yourself by like-minded people. You want to have people like-minded in helping you succeed in life. Do not surround yourself with people that will always tell you what you want to hear, however. I want you to make true, meaningful connections this year with people who want what’s best for you. Tell Aunt Carol at the family picnics this spring to kiss your ass, because you’re out to get your bikini body no matter what she says. Go to AA meetings if you feel like they help you stay on task. This is the time for you to stay on track. 

Believe in yourself. Believe you are going to be able to succeed in life and win at whatever new years eve resolution goals you may have. Believe you are able to accomplish everything you set your mind to. This is going to be a good year, no matter if you lose a pound or if you lose one hundred pounds, but know that it only starts with just a step. 

End of 2020: Hello 2021

Hey my dudes, what is up?

I’m sure we are all happy for this year to be over and for 2020 to be put in the past behind us. However, how many of us had extreme blessings in one way or another in 2020? Has anyone had a new member introduced into the family, whether it be a human or a furry friend? Has anyone started working at their dream job? 

I know I’ve been absent in the writing community for a little bit of time. My boyfriend and I have been gaming over the US holidays since he has been off work, and we’ve been enjoying doing that in the evenings. One thing I am grateful for in 2020 would be Kevin. I look forward to all of what 2021 brings. 

I have also been busy with my parents. In September of 2020 Kevin and I moved in together about two hours away from my parents and I still had to dash back to my locker in the middle a few times. My father has also been sick on and off, and I still tried to make this holiday a good one for the both of them. The three of us work in public service, so COVID is more difficult than ever when you come in contact with so many people throughout the day. I have always had my concerns of spreading it despite my job taking every precaution possible. 

Working at a vet clinic has also kept me on my toes quite a lot, as it always does. I’m still trying to decide on what I want to be when I grow up. Being a vet tech really doesn’t pay much, and I hope to not be reliant on another person’s paycheck one day–it’s a hang up I have, and I know it is. But being a vet tech doesn’t cover housing let alone the standard of living within my state. I make barely over minimum wage and even if I was certified that wouldn’t change much. I love what I do and I love the animals, but I do not have the means to go to vet school and I’m not even sure if I would. 

How many others of you work in a service field that puts you in contact with many people throughout the day? How has your workplace responded to COVID-19? Coming from a retail background where I worked for corporations and large businesses where the employees were not regarded as much more than money making machines, working for a small business has made me appreciate small businesses that much more. My boss honestly cares about her staff’s welfare, even though sometimes it feels she goes overboard with how cautious she has been with COVID-19. But I think I prefer her err on the side of caution compared to my retail job at the time saying we were not allowed to say anything to customers not wearing a mask (but if we were to be caught without a mask it was a fireable offense).

I could go on about covid but that’s not what you’d want to hear from me at the end of the year. Corporations sometimes suck and some small businesses are ran by butt holes all the same. For every good boss out there, you are appreciated.

Despite all of the good that’s came out of 2020, I look forward to 2021. There, I said it. Like so many other people I am looking forward to this year being over with. That’s not to say I believe all of my problems are going to be over with at the stroke of midnight. I know I’ll wake up in 2021 and my house won’t be clean, I’ll still wear a mask at the office and still will need to take my meds. Nobody is looking for that fairytale. But we all would like to hope for 2021 to be a better year for everyone involved, and there’s nothing wrong with being at least potentially optimistic.