My 6 Stay-The-Same Resolutions for 2018

I’m sure you’ve stopped saying Happy New Year by now. By this time of year, many people are failing resolutions and, as a result, thinking about all of things they want to change in their lives. But what about all of the things they don’t want to change? What about all of the things that have happened in 2017 that have been great?
Instead of focusing on what I want to change in my life (which is something I spent a lot of 2017 doing), I’m going to think about what I want to keep the same as I move forward into 2018. It’s been a pretty great year for me so far and, while I always believe there’s room for improvement, today I’m going to zero in on the things that I want to keep the same this year.
My 6 Stay-The-Same Resolutions for 2018

Be positive.
I can’t I say I have been positive throughout the whole of 2017, but I was definitely much more positive towards the end of 2017 and I want to keep that attitude up! It hasn’t necessarily been an easy one for me to embrace or maintain, but I’m looking forward to putting in the effort to make sure that 2018 is more positive.
Stay present.
While I did find being positive a little tricky last year, staying present was really hard work. With a mind that’s always racing and a million things I thought I should be doing, it was pretty difficult for me to stay in the moment. But, more often than not, I did it and I’m really proud of myself for that. I hope to keep living in the moment in 2018.
Enjoy life.
We all know the old idea that life is short, but how often do we really act like it’s short? Towards the end of the year, having spent a lot of time focusing on happiness and positivity, I’ve learned how to enjoy life more. I’ve learned how to spend more time in the moment, doing the things I want to be doing (like writing this blog!) and it’s made my life so much better. Enjoying life is one of the best things I can continue doing, both for myself and for the sake of those around me.
Keep learning.
Learning is one of my favorite things to do and, though I’m no longer a student, I still find ways to learn. I read and write and listen. I learn more about myself and about other people every single day. Sometimes all of this learning is tiring and can feel overwhelming, but I don’t know where (or who!) I’d be without it. I hope that for 2018 (and for the rest of my life) is that I keep learning more about myself and the world around me because I really do believe that new knowledge makes me a better person.
Be passionate.
I’ve always been a passionate sort of person. No matter what I’m doing, if I’m into it, I’m into it. If I really care about something or love a task, I will put my whole heart into it and give it my all. In the past, I was passionate about some things that weren’t so good for me, but in 2017I started using that passion in a positive way and I’m looking forward to find new, positive things to be passionate about during this year.
Celebrate others.
I’m the card-giving, thank-you-writing type. I try to remember the little things and I honestly feel amazingly happy when something good happens to someone I love or care about. I do my best to celebrate others and, over the past year, I’ve really tried to look for the good not only in those I love but in everyone. (Not easy, but really useful if you’re trying to live a happier life.) When I celebrate others, I feel happy and I want to keep up that happy feeling in 2018.
In this moment, I am so thrilled that I can look back on 2017 and, instead of thinking about all of the horrible things I did or all of the habits I desperately need to change, I am writing about all of the things I want to stay the same. I never in a million years thought I would launch a new year with all of the things I liked about the year before. Of course, I can think of things I want to change or goals I want to set for myself, but, generally speaking, I am pretty happy with 2017 and all of the wonderful (sometimes mystifying) changes I went through because it’s made me who I am today.
While I’m tempted to look to the future and think of all of the things that could (or should) happen in 2018, I’m going to stick to one of my stay-the-same resolutions today and stay present. I have a lot of hope for 2018, but today, this moment, is all I can be certain of so I’m going to focus on today.
Happy Tuesday xXx

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