By Sadie Young
We usually think of January 1st as the quintessential time to start making changes and setting goals in our lives, but usually by the time February rolls around, those resolutions have gone out the window. Every year, mine are the same: save money, get in shape, and get my life together. I suck at this.
Now that spring is rolling around and bathing suit and road trip season is just about here, it’s time to reassess those life goals. I make a motion to make spring the new resolution season. Spring is all about growth and new life and shit, right?
1. Make a Budget that You Can Actually Live with
Yes, I hate the word budget too. But here’s the thing: the past couple of months, I have made a point to put a small amount of money in savings every paycheck. Who knew Sadie Young knew how to save? You should be proud, Mom and Dad. I’m not one to budget out every little cent of my paycheck and be ok with it. Basically, I take out what I need for bills and certain expenses, and then whatever is left is what I have free reign over. Not every budget works for every person. Figure out what works best for you.
2. Set Weekly Healthy Eating/Workout Goals
The gym and I don’t exactly get along, and green vegetables and I are basically sworn enemies, so getting in shape is a tough one for me. Basically, I set one small goal for each week and then build upon those goals. Example: week one, I cut out soda. Week two, I cut out soda and go to the gym twice. By continuing and building upon the previous goal, those things become a habit and get easier as time goes on. You can do anything for one week, right?
3. Do Things that Make You Happy
If you’ve read any articles I’ve written before, you know I’m all about you doing you. Don’t get so caught up in the stressful part of goal keeping. Make it a point to do things you love! You’ll be happier for it.
4. Do the Little Things First
I’m quite terrible at doing the small things. I have this grandiose dreams and aspirations that could actually be obtained if I started with the little things that need to be done before the big things. Yes, they might be menial and annoying, but those small goals are what equal the big ones in the end.
5. Just Do It
I’m picturing Shia Labeouf in my head as I write this. No excuses, my friends. If you want something done, just get out there and DO it. What in the literal hell is stopping you?