Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the new year with your family and close friends. While I was counting down to 2016, I realized that 2015 for me was quite long. In my perspective, it was filled with more downs than ups, but nevertheless, I made it through! I didn’t exactly have any New Year’s Resolutions last year – maybe the standard: lose weight, manage time better, or control phone time – but this year, I was feeling especially ambitious and decided to make resolutions. Mine are more goals than resolutions, but they still work right?

 

I found a word I wanted to focus on for each month and underneath each word/month I wrote down more specific goals. Although at first I was uncomfortable on sharing my resolutions since they are personal, I think by sharing these, I’ll hold myself more accountable. So here are my 2016 Resolutions:

 

P.S. : Both Serena and I earnestly hope that we can expand our blog this year. We’re still in the learning process, but we believe that 2016 will be the year where our blog will go through major growths! We’re so happy you’ll be with us on this journey!

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January – BALANCE | Create balance in school. Create balance with food. Create balance with play and work. Create balance with your stress levels. Create balance with extracurriculars.

“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.” – Jana Kingsford

 

February – LOVE | Love yourself. Love others by showing patience, understanding. Reach out to old childhood friends. Pray for friends. Obey your parents.

“Love is not about how much you say ‘I love you,’ but how much you can prove that it’s true.”

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March – LOOK UP/FOCUS | Find ways that help you focus. Look up to your role models – who they are and why. Look into things that interest you. Look up from your phone screen and take in your surroundings. Focus and study (this is in time for finals week haha)

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – George Lucas

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April – EXPLORE | Explore what extra things your school offers. Explore where you could with avolicious. Explore and find new friends. Explore the school campus and find your own study niches. Explore camps you could attend over the summer. Explore your limits and boundaries by doing something challenging.

“Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.” – Jodi Picoult

 

May – PRIORITIZE | Schedule your day with only three priorities. Find your priorities and figure out why. Prioritize finishing the school year strong. Prioritize others before yourself.

“It’s not about ‘having’ time. It’s about making time.”

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June – READ | Read a book a week. Read one classic. Read the newspaper daily.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

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July – MOVE/EXERCISE | Find new exercises that you enjoy. Go outside. Workout outside. Do at least two hikes with parents.

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” – Carol Welch

 

August – REFLECT | Check point. Evaluate progress. Celebrate the positives. Learn from experiences. Determine new goals. Write and reflect. Look and move forward.

“Take pride in how far you’ve come; take faith in how far you can go.”

 

September – ORGANIZE | Organize for upcoming school year. Organize school documents on computer. Organize wardrobe. Organize school supplies. Organize room.

“Out of clutter, find simplicity…” – Einstein

October – MANAGE | Manage priorities. Manage time. Manage temptations. Manage school and personal life.

“The bad new is that time flies. The good news is that you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

 

November – GIVE/THANKS | Write down three things you are thankful for every day. Put yourself after others. Give something to someone everyday whether its through an action, item, or your time.

“The happiest people do not have the best of everything. They make the best of everything they have.”

 

December – JOY | Be joyful. Be happy. Smile more. Give our daily affirmations. Stop comparing or complaining.

“Joy is the best makeup.” – Anne Lamott

 

What do you have planned for 2016?

xoxo, Stephanie

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