Okay, I know it’s already April but this is about the time that New Year’s Resolutions start to fail. Girl Scout cookie season was strategically placed in the year to help you on your way to abandon that new years bod you vowed to get and everyone’s getting “too busy” to keep up with any other goals you made.
2014 was rough for me. I’ve said this a lot, but it’s the truth. The first two months were really me struggling through a breakup and then I spent the rest of my second semester as a freshman doing all the things freshman do, but I crammed everything into three months. One thing is for certain: I was not ready for my sophomore year. My sophomore slump was also a very real thing. Classes got really hard very fast. The learning curve was steeper than I had ever expected. I’m not saying I set a bunch of unrealistic goals, because I set goals for myself all the time. I didn’t say it directly, but #newyearnewme was my motto for this year.
Great news though! It worked. I’m happier than I’ve ever been and probably more successful too. I’ve learned so much about myself and become a much better person (in my opinion… maybe you should ask some of my friends too). I’m still trying to get this whole school thing down and just because I’m happier doesn’t make the work and easier, but it makes getting through it easier.
So, here are some of the things I’ve done and will continue to do to make this year (and every year after) my best year yet:
- Set goals for yourself. Set short term goals and long term goals. Write them down. It feels good to check goals off a list and see all the things you’ve accomplished. It’ll make it easier to keep yourself on track for success.
- Do something out of your comfort zone. Go out on an adventure. Do something you’ve never done before. It’s these experiences that make you a stronger and well-rounded person. Apply for an internship that you think is a long shot. Go out of the country by yourself. You’d be surprised the things you learn about yourself in the process.
- Surround yourself with people that make you a better person. Everyone in your life is contributing something in shaping who you are. You should admire everyone in your life for something. Maybe you love their sense of humor or their ambition or the way they present themselves or how they treat others. You learn things from the people you surround yourself with so surround yourself with those you admire and cut out the toxic people in your life
- Fake it until you make it. I know it sounds silly. It even sounds obvious, but the happier you make yourself, the happier you’ll actually be. I started just smiling and writing down the things in my life that make me happy. I let go of a lot of the negatives and it helped me do so much better. It’s like a riddle: the best way to be happy is to be happy. Just go with it.
I hope these helped you like they helped me. I write down a lot, and it’s always helpful to go back and see how many things in my life are going well. Focus on the positives 🙂