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The Top 5 Secrets to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s January again. We’re in the post-holiday slump, where all you do is eat leftovers and clean house. But now is also the time when people make resolutions, things they want to do in the new year. Whether the resolution is to start eating healthier or exercising more or going out on dates – everybody has things they want to do this year. Very rarely, though, do those ever get done.

But that doesn’t have to be you.

Not this year.

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This year, you’re going to write those blog posts, ride that bike the extra mile, be that outgoing person. This is the year of change. I can feel it – good things are riding on the winter winds this January (if it’s winter where you are)! So keep your head up and settle in. I got a feeling that this year is going to be a wild ride!

Now you know as well as I do, that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to! But sometimes you can feel a little lost in where to start. Or maybe you just need a little push to get started. Not to fret though – I’m here to share five secrets to keeping your resolution this year! Five things that you can start today that will can help shape your year in your favour!

Set Goals

Don’t make resolutions. Resolutions are like dreams, they don’t have plans. But setting goals can help you laser focus in on what you want. Make sure to give yourself milestones to celebrate along the way. They’ll help you track your progress, and make the larger tasks seem less daunting. Set small daily, weekly or monthly goals that will help lead to when you want the larger goals. 

Set Deadlines & Hold Yourself Accountable

Along with setting goals, giving yourself deadlines for these can be the push you need. Setting a spot for your end goal, along with all the little milestones, it’ll give you tangible dates. Setting deadlines can also offer a place to start with if you’re unsure. While telling people about your goals and ambitions will make you hold yourself accountable. Holding yourself accountable can help make you actionable. Stick to your word, and don’t flake on yourself in the last moment! Plan ahead to keep your word, and meet those deadlines!

Make Habits

Part of getting to those goals, is making habits. Set that alarm clock fifteen minutes earlier every few days. Maybe you start eating vegetarian once a week. Set aside an hour everyday to work on your blog. If you want to lose those fifteen pounds by June, make the habit to get you there; get up earlier, set aside some time to exercise, eat less junk food. So don’t just set goals, don’t just make deadlines – start the habits that will get you there!

Get Organized

Getting organized this year will be a huge asset to your resolutions. Whether organizing and prioritizing your schedule to do first things first – no procrastinating! – Or you’re organizing your work space so that you can be more productive. Start keeping a planner or a bullet journal! Adding a little more organization can make the world of difference. 

 

Believe in Yourself

Believing in yourself is the most important part of keeping your resolution. If you doubt yourself from the beginning, then you’re never going to be able to do it. But if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything! So try and keep a positive mindset while working on your goals! Maybe you get an app that will hit you with positivity and motivation every morning. Maybe you start practicing mindfulness, or recite a positive mantra every morning in the mirror.  Whatever gets you believing in yourself!

 

Some goals can be started right away, while others may take time. Don’t worry about how long it takes, as long as you’re happy with where you’re going. Make the new year yours, and don’t let anybody tell you it can’t be! If you want, write yourself up a motto or a mission statement for the year. Then look back on it when you’re feeling a little lost. 

I’m practicing all of these myself, so I’m in the boat with you all! This year want to make my blog even better, and I want to go back to posting consistently. I want to go back to making videos. I’m working on my art, and I’m working on my store. I just want to enjoy what I do with my life. So I have big plans for this year!

I’m ready to make this year mine – are you?

Thanks for Reading!

– Amber

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Small Town Dreamer

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I’ve lived in the same town my entire life. It’s a small town, but not the kind where everybody knows everybody. It’s quaint enough though. It’s an old colonial town, and if you look up and down Main Street, you can tell the port town it used to be.

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But they stopped dredging the creek at the turn of the century, and it’s been building up sediment since. So nobody can even ride a kayak through there anymore, when they used to be able to drive large boats through it! Still, it’s a nice little town. I’d be lying if I said it’s quiet though. You have to go 20 minutes out from the centre of town for that. Considering Route 40, a highway, runs right through our town.

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However, small towns like mine are nice to live in. The nearest store isn’t miles away, but the quiet country is just a short drive. It also isn’t like the city, where everything is always loud and moving. And, where I live, I’m lucky enough to have two states within driving distance. I live in Maryland, but have Delaware within a 5 minute drive and Pennsylvania within a 10 – 20 minute drive. Even New Jersey isn’t a long way!

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However, small town living can be difficult to get used to. I know plenty of people who have moved here from the city. They haven’t liked it very much. And it isn’t just because we’re in podunk nowhere. They can’t really explain what it is…

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In the high school I went to, you had a good chance to know – if only by passing – almost every one of the 1,100 students that composed the school’s populus. And, if you knew one person well enough to pass them as a friend, you also knew everybody else they hung out with – older and younger.

Small town living is difficult at times. We don’t really have a lot around here to do – so it’s gets boring. You go to the same parks, drive the same roads, see the same people on the streets – day after day, it’s always the same.

 

And you dream a lot, when you’re from a small town.

 

You dream about tall buildings, towers that soar high into the atmosphere. Or the open prairie plains. Or cities across the world. Somewhere with more substance, with strange faces, and gorgeous culture. Small towns like mine nurture, not only drug addicts, but dreamers. I am one of the latter – a dreamer, a star gazer.

 

I want to make this little town proud.

 

So, sure, small town living isn’t easy. But it isn’t hard, either, and tends to create an easy going lifestyle. Although, it also creates a craving for more – at least on my part. I can’t say that I’ve always loved this town, or that I’m proud to call it my home all the time.

 

But this small town will always be a part of me.

 

Thanks for Reading!

 

~ Amber

[All the pictures were taken by me, on Main Street]

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