The Art of a New Years Resolution (and How LBH Came to Be)

January 6, 2016

So, now that it’s the new year, I want to touch on something that I KNOW everyone is thinking about……

New Years Resolutions!

yeah, remember January 2015 when you promised yourself that you would do all these amazingly awesome things

I was talking to a friend a few days ago about how she had promised herself that she would go vegan for 2015….. (this being said as she’s eating her grilled, turkey panini)

Now, flash-forward to December 2015 and look at yourself…..did you accomplish any of those goals?

My friend sure as h*ll didn’t, and I can’t tell you the number of times I hear about people not accomplishing their New Years Resolutions

So, what gives?

Why are these resolutions so hard to accomplish?

Let me start with a short little story of how my blog came to be….


I had been writing for other sites for about 6 months when New Years Eve 2014 came around and I thought to myself, “Hey, if I can write for other sites, why not start my own?”

Keep in mind, I am also looking to work in the fashion industry (working with social media and marketing) after college, so this blog becomes a sort-of portfolio for future jobs.

I also had been reading The Skinny Confidential (I know I talk about this blog and how much Lauryn Evarts has inspired me ALL THE TIME) for about a year and, adding TSC inspiration to my already growing thoughts on starting a blog, it pushed me over the edge.

So, I made a New Years Resolution to start my own lifestyle blog and to really commit to it.

Now, when I say really commit, i’m not talking about starting a free blog with a .wordpress.com ending…..NO, i’m talking full-on, all-in, starting a legit blog.

So, flash-forward to September 2015. After a couple of months of planning the site out, I purchased a wordpress hosting package from BlueHost, which included a free domain.

Note: BlueHost has other hosting packages. I picked the wordpress hosting package, because I am used to using wordpress, and it was the easiest one to set up.

After I purchased the hosting package, I started designing my site.

I purchased a theme, Semplice, from Sculture Qode. It was, and still is, a wonderful theme and is perfect for my site. (They also have some other, pretty awesome themes on their site. I am loving the Fennel Theme, which is new!)

Flash-forward to today. In three-and-a-half months,I have over 1,000 viewers, over 100 followers, and some lovely people who comment and follow me on social media.

I would say my New Years Resolution turned out pretty well!

Back to resolutions…

Why did my resolution go so well, while others are left un-accomplished at the end of the year?

Here are some tips on starting and accomplishing your new years resolution in 2016!

1. Set Realistic, But Fun, Goals
Don’t set a goal you can’t see yourself accomplishing. There are so many people who set goals that are either extremely hard to reach, or extremely stressful and exhausting to complete. Instead, choose a goal that pushes your limits and will be fun to complete. Do something that you’ve always wanted to spend time doing (example: if you are a fitness enthusiast, but have stuck with the same workout plan for years, make it your resolution to try as many new forms of fitness as possible.)

2. Be Specific with Your Goals
Setting a specific goal makes you more likely to work towards it. Plus, it makes it harder to twist it around and end up not doing it (like when I say i’m going to work out one day, and end up just doing a few sit-ups). A great example is not to just say “Get Fit”. Instead, say something like “run a 5K by September (or whatever time)”.

3. Affirmations and Words of Empowerment
Make a list of steps to get to your goal. Stick inspiring quotes all over the place. Read words or affirmations to yourself. All of these things help to motivate and inspire you to keep going to reach your goal. Miranda Kerr (former Victorias Secret model, KORA Organics skin care inventor, and author) wrote a book called Empower Yourself. Basically, It’s a little bit biography but, mostly affirmations. Reading some of her affirmations and sticking them on my wall has really helped me reach my goals. (I also love her other book, Treasure Yourself)

4. Don’t Rush and Have Fun with It
Be serious about putting effort in to achieving your goal, but don’t kill yourself at the end of the year trying to make it happen. Start as soon as you can and take your time with it. Waiting until the last-minute not only stresses you out, but also (most of the time) doesn’t reap the rewards you wanted, leaving you upset.

A new years resolution is supposed to push you to do something you want to do, not stress you out and cause you to lose the original excitement you had.

Now, I know it can be SUPER hard to start on a resolution so, to help you out, I have compiled a list of apps and books to help you organize and complete your new years resolution!

Apps
-Skillshare (learn something new!)
-Lifesum (eat healthier, lose weight, gain muscle, etc)
-Meditation Studio (different styled, guided meditations)
-Evernote (keep your notes organized) (note: I use this constantly)
-Moves (tracks walking and running)
-Clear Tasks (get stuff done and check it off!)

Books
Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr (love yourself affirmations)
Empower Yourself by Miranda Kerr (empowering affirmations)
EPICBLOG (editorial planner for all the bloggers out there)
The Skinny Confidential by Lauryn Evarts (sassy lifestyle guide)
The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal (inspiring lists and journaling)

Extra Note: I like putting up fun little stickers and notes around my room and in notebooks to keep me going!

Anyone have any resolutions they made for this year? Share them in the comments or on social media!

xo. Blondie

By Blondie

blogger, health foodie, beauty addict

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