To be honest with all of you, I’m not a huge fan of resolutions. However, I think I would be more excited about making resolutions if I would actually follow through with them (maybe you can relate?)
Also, because there are a good 4-5 weeks of football left after New Years, it’s hard to concentrate on these things until after the season is over. I sometimes don’t really consider it a reset to my year until after football’s over! It’s then that Jarret and I finally work on organizational projects like cleaning out the closets, getting rid of boxes, etc. You know—the fun stuff!
That said, here are a few resolutions I’m working on this year. I think it would make me feel better and grow a bit more if I were actually able to honor the resolutions I make this year. (maybe some of you can help keep me in check!)
Cut down on swearing
My first major resolution—and one that I’ve had for a few years now—is to cut down on swearing. I’ve found it can sound really unattractive and gross when used too much. I’ve noticed this habit of mine so much more while listening back to some of my Calm Down podcast recordings and realized that it can be pretty nasty, so I would like to stop swearing as much. (My husband has made a few comments as well, which is also a great reason to make a change!)
Stop the “Valley Girl Draw”
I can’t stress enough how much I want to stop saying the word ‘like’ in every sentence. I’ve heard myself do it and I’ve heard other people do it, I just have to stop. Now that I’m aware that it’s something I say frequently, it’s become a massive pet peeve of mine.
I’ve tried to work on this already and I’ve found that I speak slower when I’m actively trying to not say the word. This makes me a little self conscious, but it’s reminded me to stop and think more about what I want to say and how I want to say it.
I had a huge realization while sitting next to a woman at my hair salon last week that the general ‘valley girl’ draw just needs to stop as well. They go hand-in-hand and the way she spoke reminded me so much of myself and made me want to improve this even more. I realize that this is a product of what we’re watching on television lately and that many of us do it out of habit, but I’m determined to make this change!
Take time to appreciate my work
I want to be clear, it’s not that I don’t enjoy what I do for a living, but sometimes things can start to feel monotonous and routine. I need to stop and remind myself how lucky I am to do what I do each day.
Last week was such a great example. It was freezing in Green Bay, but there’s nothing like Lambeau under the lights during the playoffs. A few days later, I went to San Francisco to sit down with Jimmy Garoppolo. How many people get to do this in their lifetime? Sure it can feel like I’ve done a week’s worth of work and travel in just one day, but I need to stop looking at it like it’s a hassle. If I didn’t have this job, I would be so miserable. I’m so lucky to be able to do what I do.
Do you have any New Years resolutions or traditions that you stick to each year? How are your current resolutions going so far? One of my co-workers recently told me that him and his family make resolutions for each other each year. I love this idea and think it’s so cool and thoughtful — does anyone else do this?
Until next time,