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20 RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020

Hi, my dear readers!

It’s that time of the week again… Another post from yours truly! Since we’re headed into the magnificent year 2020 in just two days, I thought it would be amazing to follow up 2019’s resolutions post, which you can check out here.

While we go through some of my dreams for 2020, I want you to consider your own. Maybe jot down a few, say them out loud, or commit them to memory. Do whatever you have to do, but I want you to think of some as well, okay? Thank you!

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Happy New Years from a certain HUGE guinea pig. 🙂

1. Learn to play the guitar

Well, this is actually very similar to one of my 2019 goals of learning to play the ukulele! While I have learned to play my trusty uke, I’m ready to upgrade to a guitar. For those of you who play this instrument, what are some recommendations do you have for a beginner guitar? 🙂

2. Step out of my comfort zone

While I feel as if I have been slowly inching out of my comfort zone since adolescence, I have taken to doing things a little more adventurously than what I would normally do. Therefore, I want 2020 to be a year in which I’m confidently unafraid to do some new things (while still remaining safe and smart LOL). Maybe you guys can relate to this!

3. Listen to music more

Yes, this relates to #1, but I love music so much and I want 2020 to emphasize my love for it a little more. Music gives me a rush, and some of my happiest moments are when I’m alone, windows down, breeze in my face, jamming to songs on the radio. More music in 2020, please!

4. Read more books

This was a resolution in 2019, but I think it’s a good one to continue for 2020. Reading is kind of like #3 in the fact that it gives me a rush, takes me to a new world, and provides a world of possibility unlike anything I will experience in my own waking life. I challenge you to read more as well! Let’s see what journeys we’ll go on through the books we read.

5. Fear less

I’m not fearless. In fact, as a Type A person (and wow, I still wonder if I’m really Type A or not), I’m very structured. I fear things I do not expect, and therefore I stress out about the what-ifs. So in 2020 I want to stay safe and healthy, but I also want to remember to fear less, to stay brave and strong instead of wallowing in the unknown.

6. Early bird habits

Now that I’m back from college I am excited to regain my early bird ways. In 2020 I want to keep this up, which means early bed times and early risings. But this is how I am most effective in my day-to-day existence, so I’m excited to develop my reliance on daylight instead of the dark.

7. Stay off phone

Another repeat from 2019, but this is just as valid. There are moments where I’m pretty good about this resolution, but then I lose it and do terrible once more. 2020 will hopefully bring a less technology reliant Katie Kay. But we’ll see…

8. Eat healthier

Ugh. I am gonna have to go there. This may be the most common resolution of all time, but there is truth in this one. I need to eat healthier. I’m a sucker for fast food, and I am  not the biggest fan of fruits by any means (just ask Miss Givenchy. In 2020 I hope to cut back on the ease of greasy foods for some healthier alternatives. Hopefully this is not just wishful thinking.

9. Keep up with my Spanish (y voy a escribir en el idioma también)

Okay, okay. I know I never write in Spanish on this blog, but it turns out I am actually (somewhat) fluent in this language. There was once a time when I lived in South America and was forced to speak Spanish more than here in the English-dominated United States, and I’m a little afraid I’m going to lose my skills now that I am done with college and pursuing a career that really has nothing to do with my degree. Therefore, I’ve gotta do something to retain this language and not lose it completely. Part of me will always speak Spanish, but I want to keep up my proficiency as best I can!

(Side note: I always say I am going to write a post in Spanish, but I always forget, so maybe that should be another resolution: Spanish posts in 2020!)

10. Stay up-to-date on politics

Without going on a rant (which I could very easily do), I want to say that politics is important. To my fellow Generation Zers, please get out there and do your due diligence by studying our government and voting. And I’m guilty in the sense that while I love nothing more than hopping on YouTube and listening to political pundits for hours at a time, I should do a better job on keeping a firm and open-minded approach to what’s going on both in my country and the world. It’s so easy to stay one-sided in today’s society, but I think the best way to solidify one’s opinions is to gain as much info as possible (even if opposing viewpoints make you want to tear your hair out).

11. Eliminate negative thoughts

This is an impossible resolution.

See what I did there? I immediately began with a negative thought. What about this one:

This is probably an impossible resolution.

Okay, slightly better, but still negative with a slight scent of optimism. Let’s try one more.

This is a possible resolution.

Is there a difference between this one and what I wrote above? Probably not.

This is my resolution.

There we go. It’s my resolution, and I’m sticking with it.

12. Catch more sunsets and sunrises

Oh, here my writer side takes over. Sunsets and sunrises, oh my! There’s something so dreamy about these two points in the day, especially when the sky churns into peachy cream and it’s spring and life seems ready to pop. So judge me if you will, but I do want to catch more sunsets and sunrises, especially since we don’t know how many of those we’ll get in our lives.

13. Exercise

Another basic resolution, but important too. This past year I really slacked off on not exercising, so I’m ready to start jogging at least once a month (LOL) instead of once a literal blue moon.

14. Clean more

While I love cleanliness, I’m also very prone to dropping things around my room. This year I plan on doing less of this and more of putting things where they’re supposed to be. 

15. Listen to dreams

I promise this is not mumbo jumbo. Specifically, I’m talking about listening to bedtime dreams so that I can analyze them (LOL). Do some of you guys find yourself loving dream analysis? Because I do too! Dream analysis is a great way to dig into your psyche, and for writers it’s a pretty neat time to get some inspiration for future material. In 2020 let’s dream–and analyze!

16. Get lost in a forest

Okay, yes, we’re getting into some weird territory on this resolutions post, but I’m serious: I want to get lost in a forest. Maybe not really lost, but there’s something freeing about going into nature and disappearing from the busyness of life for a little while. In 2020 I want to be able to go into some beautiful natural landscapes and let my mind relax.

17. Stop worrying so much

While I wouldn’t normally consider myself a worrier, I do find myself fretting over certain things. For example, I’ll consider something I’ve said and think, “Did that offend the person I was talking to?” Or if I send a text and don’t receive a response, I think: “Did I say something wrong?” This is just a minute example, but I really want to worry less in 2020 over both the little and big things. Chau!

18. Skate better

This is probably the most ridiculous resolution, but here we are. I’m one of the worst skaters in history (both on roller-skates and ice-skates). It is to the point of utter ridiculousness that I lean on my thirteen-year-old sister to support my endeavors in the rink. While I’ve definitely gotten better over the years (to the point where I can manage without falling), you can still find me hugging a wall and getting passed by toddlers. It’s time to skate better. 

19. Less time on YouTube

I’ll admit it: I’m on YouTube way too much. (Miss Givenchy would definitely agree.) Something happens, and I’ll traverse topics from politics to bullfrogs to space-time continuums to opinion pieces on pop music. While I appreciate the availability of information on this video sharing site, I want more time devoted to the real world outside of the tech world. (Of course I write this as I type away on a computer.)

20. Write blog posts that matter

This last one is straight from my heart! You guys mean the world to me, and I want to write things that matter to you. I’ve seen over the years that you guys are the best audience and you support so many different writers and bloggers all over the world, and so I want to produce content that you enjoy and gain meaning from. I mean, why else write? 🙂 Here’s to a fantastic 2020 on this blog–and yours!

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A double rainbow in Tennessee! (December 2019)

THANK YOU!

Thank you guys so much for reading this post and for joining me in another year on this planet. 2020 is upon us, and I wish nothing but the best for all of you, wherever you may be. Remember to spread positivity and kindness in this new season of our lives. ❤

Now that I’ve written this post, it’s time to put the resolutions to action, so I’m going to start right now, even though we’ve got a little bit of 2019 left. 

Until next time,

-K.

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19 RESOLUTIONS FOR 2019

Hello, my dear and wonderful readers!

2019 is upon us, and if you’re like me, you probably have some resolutions up your sleeve. While every day is a perfect start to aim for a new goal, New Year’s Day is always a nice reminder to freshen things up a bit!

I hope you all have been thinking of some resolutions of your own, but I thought I would share 19 of my personal resolutions for this defining year! And remember–everything is what you make it.


1. More water

I’m addicted to Diet Coke, so this doesn’t really need more explaining, other than the fact that I need to incorporate more water into my diet. Maybe some of you rely on coffee to get you through the day, and while an occasional cup of joe or gallon of Diet Coke is permissible, I plan on setting certain days as water-only days. (We’ll see how this goes.)

2. Track Tuesday

Some friends and I have recently implemented “Track Tuesday” into our weekly schedule. This simply means that we take one night out of the week to exercise, whether that be jogging (for me and Miss Givenchy) or weightlifting (for the chicos). It’s probably better to exercise more than once a week, but for now, this is a good starting point.

3. Speak my mind

Recently I read a news article entitled “Are you a people pleaser?” My answer would be an emphatic yes. I let others control me in so many aspects, and sometimes I never reveal what I’m truly thinking. Enough of that! It’s important to say what you think, or people will always take advantage of you.

4. Learn to go for it

We’re put in certain situations for a reason. 2018 taught me to remember that you’re in charge of your own life, and 2019 will be the year of going for it. What do I mean by this? I’m simply saying that we only have a set time on this Earth, and we waste so much time, whether that be playing video games, spending hours and hours on the phone (see #5), or, something relatable to all of humankind, worrying.

Therefore, I say that we spend our time going for it. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Channel your discomfort into new passions, new memories, and new discoveries.

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Memphis Zoo (December 2018) Attempting to skate: I am terrible, but one day I won’t have to hold onto the wall the entire time. 😉

5. Less time on phone

A few days ago, I checked the “screen time” on my iPhone and almost threw the thing at the wall. I spent seven hours on that thing in the span of 24 hours, which is absolutely unacceptable. There are so many other things I could have done with that seven hours: Hanging out with family and friends, working on new books, planning trips, making money. Instead, I was watching pointless videos, reading nonsense facts online, and lying around with nothing to show for it.

It’s time to spend less time on all technology, because the physical world around us is too amazing to forget.

6. Read more books

In today’s society, we are constantly pounded by information. It seems as if everywhere we go, an excess of knowledge is available at our fingertips. While this has its positives, there are also some negatives to this sort of reliance on technology, especially considering #5.

Therefore, I will challenge myself to read more novels in this upcoming year. Books are great methods to relieve stress and relax, and it is a great way to entertain your brain. When I am overwhelmed by the world around me, books are a source of escape. Therefore, it is time to read as much as possible!

7. Don’t be so cryptic

Some of you may have no idea what I am writing about on this, but I bet some of you can relate. Simply put, I am pretty cryptic. I am not the biggest fan of people knowing where I am or what I am doing, and I have gained quite the reputation as “Kryptic Katie.”

In 2019 I will work on being more open with people. It is important that we remember our loved ones do truly care about us, and it is important to keep them in the loop.

8. Go to church more, pray more

Prayer is a beautiful, wonderful thing, and I urge all of you to try it out. I have been slacking on this front, but I truly believe in the power of belief and faith, and so I want to pray more this year.

9. Spend more time with those I love

It is time to be bittersweet: Time is passing by, and we’re growing older, each and every one of us. It is time to realize this, because when we let our days go with no thought for the future, we can sometimes forget how important the present is–and to treasure each moment.

Therefore, we need to spend more time with the people we love, even when it feels mundane or boring or annoying, because there will be a day when we won’t see them again.

Rejoice in the relationships you have, even in the low points. And in 2019 we should work on spending more time with the people we love.

10. Write a novel that matters

Writers, listen up!

This is the year we need to actually write something–and something that matters! What does this mean? Doesn’t everything we write matter? Well, if I’m being completely honest, I find a difference between some of my novels. For example, a romance like Mystic Mississippi does not have the same value as one of my magical realism books.

Different genres exist for different purposes, but I want to write something that has symbolism, magic, and value for my readers. This will be the year when I write something out of my comfort zone, but something that needs to be written.

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Malibu, California (December 2018)

11. Extend the olive branch

I have spent so much time thinking of outcomes and possibilities and what-ifs instead of actually pursuing what matters (#4, anyone?). However, I have also learned that it is imperative to be kind and good-hearted to both the people I meet and the people I know.

I’m sick of losing relationships, or not even getting a chance to develop these relationships, because I haven’t extended the olive branch. I make mistakes, and I want forgiveness. I don’t want to hide away in my transgressions, but instead to find growth and develop as a person.

Olive branch, even when I am stubborn.

12. Dress up more

Well, this is going to be an interesting resolution. My entire life, I have been a fan of super casual clothing. In summertime, I am in t-shirts; in winter, I am in t-shirts covered with sweaters. However, going to college has taught me that there is value in dressing up, even if it’s just a little better than normal.

While dressing up doesn’t define a person, it can matter in the realm of relationships. Our identities are personified in so many aspects, and the way we dress ourselves can present certain characteristics before we even say a word. Therefore, I have decided I want to banish the t-shirts (even if just for a few days per week) in favor of a more stylish look.

13. Learn to cook better

This is a huge one. I am so sick and tired of eating microwaveable meals at college, and when I come home and have access to a kitchen, I’m always making pasta or sandwiches. Therefore, I want to expand my cooking abilities.

14. Wear glasses more

This may seem a little random, but it is! I have terrible vision and rely on contacts for 99% of my waking life. However, I want to wear my glasses more because, well, it is just a change, I suppose. Plus, my friends refer to my alter ego as “Glasses Katie.” Pretty ridiculous, I know.

15. Learn the ukulele

In December 2018, so only a month ago, a few friends introduced me to both the guitar and the ukulele. They love to play, and since I am always around them, I found myself strumming the ukulele one night. My friend Even taught me some chords on the “uke,” while my friend Matt worked with me on guitar.

Christmas break rolled around, and I found myself missing the ukulele, and missing it a lot. So I did a quick search on Amazon, bought one for $30, and have been playing non-stop since. My fingers are calloused, my family annoyed with my endless songs, and my brain on fire.

The ukulele is such a peaceful, happy instrument, and it is so much fun to play. I totally recommend for you guys to check it out, even if you aren’t the biggest fans of music. It’s very easy to learn, and I hope to develop my abilities this year.

16. Clean more

This should be on everyone’s resolutions list, if we’re being quite honest. While I am all for individuality, cleanliness is a must. It isn’t the most fun thing to keep up with, and I’m guilty of being a slob, but it’s time to grow up and keep a clean work space and living arrangement.

17. Exfoliate the skin

Okay, here is a slightly more comedic point on this resolutions list. Recently I got a facial at the spa (now that experience should be a blog post) and was told to exfoliate my skin more. Time to live up to that tip.

And for those of you who have never had a facial… Get one done this year. It is an interesting experience, to say the least.

18. Talk about things that matter

So often we get caught up in the mundane life that what really matters is swept under the rug. We lose sight of the people we love, and our own feelings are ignored. This is why we have to be intentional to discuss things–and the things that matter most to us.

In 2019 I hope to be both myself and open to new conversations. I want to hash out my opinions and listen to others’, without fear or annoyance or pre-judgments. But this also means that I hope others will respect my own thoughts, and be open to talking about these issues as well.

19. Remember to do what I love

It is no secret that writing is my passion, and it’s my favorite thing in the world. (And I’m sure this is true for a lot of you who are reading this blog.) However, we must remember to make time for our passions. We must be intentional, we cannot cave into boredom or laziness, and we must remember who we are in the process.

People and circumstance will always wear on us, just like eroding winds carving out chunks of canyon. But this doesn’t mean it can’t create something beautiful, and we must use our experiences to further what sets our souls on fire. At college, I lose sight of my writing, because there are so many other things to do. But we cannot always think like this, or we can lose our contentment and drive.

Do what you love in this year. It’s worth it.


YOUR RESOLUTIONS.

Now it’s up to you: What do you want to resolve of yourself in this upcoming year? Already a week of January has flown by, and the year will follow shortly. Make sure to think of your own list, and stick to it, because if we don’t make the first step, we sure aren’t going to make the entire journey.

Until next time,

-K.

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It’s your year.