New Year, New Focus

5 habits we’re trying to adjust in 2019, because there is no resolution without evolution. Get it?

Anyone else glad to see 2018 in the rear view? Yeah, me too. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t necessarily a bad year for me. I had as many great highs as I did lows, but apart from all the crazy social-political stuff that also went down, 2018 saw some of my own personal bad habits resurface. But with every new year we’re given a fresh start, and many of us (me included) regain a revitalized sense of focus. I’m using mine to not only leave those bad habits in the past, but to pick up better habits in 2019 too. Because why TF not? New year, new focus baby. If you are here for it, here’s a rundown of bad habits I’m saying buh-bye to now that we’re in 2019 (and a few new ones I hope to pick up along the way).

1. Worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet.

I often think about the worst case scenarios to a situation or plans I have before they have even happened. And more often than not, everything works out fine. How crazy is it that we do that!? I know I’m not the only one here. Like a good friend said to me, you put yourself through the trauma of having all those bad things happen in your head unnecessarily and that causes stress and really wasted energy you could be using on just living in the moment of what’s. Nope- that shit isn’t following me into this year. I’m going to try my best to be a what’s-going-on-right-now girl from now on.

2. Seeing living a healthy lifestyle as a positive and not a chore.

Fun fact— I hate exercise. But I know it needs to be done for my health, both mentally and physically. I literally drag myself to the gym and force myself to go to classes so I don’t stop for ten minutes on my phone. All that combo’ed with salad and staying healthy really does feel like a chore. But this year, I’m going to try and revert my thinking to see it as the positive thing it really is rather than a punishment. Okay, I’ll definitely still swap my muesli for a chocolate croissant from time-to-time and red wine isn’t going anywhere I’m afraid, but that’s fine as long as that healthy life is the spotlight feature for 90% of the time. Okay, 80%… we’ll work on it.

3. Keeping my perspectives wide and horizons ever wider.

As is life, sometimes the little things become bigger than they need to be, and we lose sight of our main goals or the things that actually matter. This was a biggie for me last year and something I want to address in 2019. Why get flustered over stuff, which in the grand scheme of things, is insignificant, when you can be focusing your energy on achieving those dreams you’ve worked so hard for.

4. Being more creative.

I think we do get into a habit of cutting out things we shouldn’t be doing; not drinking too much, not spending too much, not eating too much, not buying your 234th lipstick in the same shade of nude you already own. Which is all conducive stuff but, if like me, you’re obsessed with cutting out rather than adding to your life, why not change that this new year. I’m making it my personal mission to be more creative; making time to write more poetry, reading more books, and today attempt my first yoga class (pray for me). Once you’ve cut out the negative it only makes sense to add to those gaps with things that fulfilling and enriching to your life.

5. Getting worked up about things I have no control over.

I mean really— what is the point. It achieves nothing. A rather hilarious example of me doing this is when I’m on the bus. Okay, hear me out; traffic is really, really annoying and when people need to know the price of every single bus ticket and your trying to get to work, also very irritating. But what I’ve realized is I get annoyed because I’m in a situation I have no control over, but I’ve come to realize is these situations won’t change because I’m all annoyed and ranting to the group chat. So it’s a reaction that is a waste of time, emotion, and creates negativity I could really do without. Peace of mind come I’ll catch you in 2019. Someone get me my Zen garden immediately plz.

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