2017 Intentions

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Resolutions have never been something I stick to. Just like the rest of the world, after the ball drops, I kiss my loved ones, and make empty promises to myself to eat better, workout more, and lose 10 pounds. The media somewhat aids in this revelation I think, which isn’t entirely a bad thing, it’s just something we feel we are obligated to do. This year, just like any other year, yeah I want to eat a little lighter but focus more on just being a happier version of myself in the coming year.

Vibes speak louder than words – I saw this quote on Pinterest a few days ago and along with a fellow blogger’s 2017 “intentions” post the other day, it rang so true. I’m a person who is deeply driven from the vibes I get from people I encounter every day. I so very carefully approach situations because I feel like I’m going to say or do something wrong. I’ll do anything to make the people around me happy. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? The past year has taught me that I need to pause and react to situations far differently. I think I’m so focused on making others happy that I’ve lost part of who I am. I need to do things that make ME happy too and stop worrying so much on the attitudes around me. Stop worrying about others who don’t worry about me. Let me worry about me. Make sense?

Don’t let other’s opinions bring me down – I don’t need to do great things in order to be happy. I don’t need to lead this glamourous life to only show on Instagram. I enjoy blogging, but I shouldn’t feel the need to claim to have this perfect life on social media. I’m happy with the life I live, if you don’t like it, you don’t need to. Is my life perfect? No, just like alot of people I’ve struggled alot to get where I am today but I’m okay with that. It’s just that, MY life, not yours. I’ve learned to take joy in the little things, like my dog laying on me while I type up a blog post (P.S. this is seriously the best).

21 days is all it takes to make a change, create a habit – Hoda from the Today Show posted this over the weekend and since I’m a Beachbodyer (yes thats a word), I liked it alot. Maybe you don’t do Beachbody, maybe you just do your daily workouts at a gym. Maybe you’re a runner. Maybe it’s not even working out that you’re making a change to. Whatever it may be, take it one day at a time and make the gradual change.

Try new things, do things that make you uncomfortable – try that new recipe, travel somewhere you’ve never been before. I promise, you’ll thank yourself later.

So in conclusion, 2017 I’m going to be more intentional with what makes me happy. Spend more time making memories, focus on the good, and what matters most.

Happy 2017, time to relax, snuggle my dog more, spend more Fridays on the couch and be happy.

xo, Jess 

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