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New Year, New Me?

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With the start of a new year, the topic of resolutions and goals pop up all around. You start to see numerous articles about how to keep your New Year’s Resolution, keeping yourself in check of your goals and how you can become a “better you” with the start of the new year. Well, I do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, and this will sound harsh, I think they’re a poor excuse as to why you didn’t start working out consistently, reading more or working harder than you did last year.

Why now?

From my observations, the practice of New Year’s Resolutions is short lived. I can’t think of one person I know who kept up with their resolutions, and it always makes me wonder – why? The first thought that comes to mind, and is an excuse I’ve used time and time again, is “I’m busy”. The time old excuse that in reality only applies to a select group of people who really don’t have the time and need to focus on more important aspects of their lives, is thrown around loosely by many.

So, why now? Why always the start of the new year? For as long as I can remember, the start of the new year always reminds people of what they didn’t accomplish the year that’s ending and makes them think of what they want to accomplish in the year to come. However, should we continue to buy into something that has a low success rate? The logical person in me says no, because there are far better ways to achieve goals.

How can I accomplish my goals?

coffee-shop-girlSo far this year, I’m off to a good start with the goals I’ve been planning for awhile. For starters, I’m actually blogging tonight, and I’ve kept up a workout regimen because I found a workout class I like (very rare). What can you do to accomplish your goals? I would say the first thing is to stop thinking of excuses and do it, you’re wasting your time otherwise.

The second thing you can do is to schedule your goals. This would not take very long to do, but if you want to keep up with reaching your goals, set annoying alarms on your phone or calendar to remind you that you need to workout, or study a new language, go through your monthly budget, etc. I’m usually a very organized person, but I started scheduling days I have to workout and days I need to write, and so far it’s going well.

The third and final thing is to stop thinking short term. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your goal of being healthy or doing better at work won’t happen with the snap of your fingers. Write your goals down, remind yourself every day that if you keep at it things will happen over time. But also keep in mind to not become obsessed, and to work in the steps to reach your goals while still living life and having fun. If you obsess over this year, being “your year”, you won’t be able to enjoy it, and it’ll just be another year in the books.

Don’t forget…

  1. Stop making excuses
  2. Schedule time for your goals
  3. Think long term

If you do these three things, you can stop calling it a “New Year’s Resolution” and instead just say it’s what makes you, you.

x Kelly

#boss

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Random Thoughts

Hey Readers. It’s been awhile, ran out of “brain juice” and haven’t had anything good to blog about. I was feeling bad about it, but I asked another blogger, The Write Woman, about what I can do about running out of inspiration and she reminded me of something very important. She reminded me to blog for myself, not for anyone else. She also told me not to worry about if anyone is reading this blog or not, and I have to agree with her. If you’re reading my blog, awesome! Thanks for taking the time to read this, as a writer I really appreciate it.

On another note, I just saw the movie Million Dollar Arm today, and it was amazing. The story is for one so inspiring and the acting was phenomenal. I give the movie 5 stars, and I don’t care if you think it sucked, cause you’re wrong. Period. It made me think about how while millennials complain about student debt and how we are broke (I’ve done it many times), there are people in the world who live on less than $2/day. Could you do it? I don’t know if I could. It just made me think and made me thankful for every opportunity I have had.

During the movie, one of the characters said something along the line of: “they don’t have dreams like this. They haven’t ever had the opportunity.” Imagine it, you’re only thinking about putting food on the table and making sure everyone you care about is healthy and alive. You weren’t thinking about these big dreams. It made me think because I have plenty of dreams. I want to be highly successful one day while working in public relations. Who knows, maybe I’ll be a writer? I start my dream internship in about a week. I am so nervous, but I don’t know what about. I’m probably nervous about failing, but that’s just a common fear of mine.

I just felt like todays post would get anyone reading this to think about what you have, what opportunities you’ve had and most importantly, what your dreams are. If two boys from India could end up as Major League Baseball players and live out a dream people thought was impossible, don’t you think your dreams deserve more possibility than you’re giving them?

Just a random thought.

x KMSH

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Almost a Senior… DUN DUN DUN…

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It’s official readers… after this semester I will have enough credit hours to be considered a senior. Someone grab me a paper bag now as I hyperventilate. Just kidding! Seriously, I was one of those people who planned to graduate early and I always get the answer “DON’T DO IT!” Too late guys. I worked my butt off with taking 19 credit hours per semester for the past two years to do this and it’s great that you don’t mind sticking around for another semester but I thought of something that would be pretty cool to do during that time: Intern.

I have not yet had the chance to intern in NYC yet. I know right? The girl’s who blog has the words “High Heels” in it hasn’t interned in NYC? Well I went to Ireland instead. Looking at my college checklist, yes I made one freshman year (with a timeline!). My plans were to:

  • Get insanely involved freshman year. Check!
    • Joined a sorority and campus organizations related to my major.
  • Summer of sophomore year I planned to work. Check!
    • Worst job in the entire world… I found out I hated sales.
  • Sophomore year I was going to take tons of credit hours and become a leader in campus organizations. Check!
    •  Was made an Account Executive at ImPRessions and became Alumnae Relations Chair of my sorority.
  • Summer of sophomore year I was going to go to Vietnam with the GLC then intern abroad. Check!
    • I went to Vietnam for two weeks, spent a week back home in Chicago, then went to Ireland and interned for 8 weeks in Irish parliament.
  • Junior year I plan to make Dean’s list, continue leadership positions on campus, have a virtual internship during the semesters, be an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, continue working for Insomnia Cookies as a Marketing Representative, learn how to cook a decent meal, and have fun!
    • Dean’s list: N/A
    • Continue leadership positions on campus: Check!
    • Have a virtual internship during the semesters: half Check!
    • Be an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador: Check!
    • Continue working for Insomnia Cookies: Check!
    • Learn how to cook a decent meal: N/A (depends by opinion)
    • Have fun: N/A (how do I measure this?)

So what do I have planned for the next year or so? I have an idea. It’s not concrete but I can say I have achieved so much within 3 years of being here at OU. I’ve gained and lost relationships. Found out what I want to do with my life, somewhat. I lived in a foreign country and worked in parliament, who does that?! How was all of this conceivable? Hard work, luck, persistence, passion, confidence, ability to somewhat stay calm and an amazing support system. I do have plans to intern in NYC either this summer or after I’m done early but who knows what will happen next? I’m not thinking about it!

“The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.” -Christian Louboutin

x KMSH

P.S. To my family, friends and readers thank you! I couldn’t have achieved this much without all of your support. Mountains have been moved and I don’t know anyone else who has experienced what I have. I am truly thankful.

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