As a seasoned list maker, resolutions are always my favorite part of the new year. I recently finished a book titled Present Over Perfect authored by one of my favorites, Shauna Niequest. The story follows her life transition from hustling and always trying to prove her worth through her ability to do do do, to living in a slower more intentional way. Her story inspired me to live this new year in a truer way, being myself unapologetically and doing what gives me deep joy. Inspired by her honest reflections, here is my list of new years resolutions for 2017.
Teach myself to cook. Buy a cookbook this summer, and practice each recipe in the book with fresh ingredients.
Improve my relationship with food. This includes no binge eating or worrying about my eating habits. Work to intentionally eat what I want when I am hungry, and fully enjoy it. Practice the art of not measuring who I am by what I eat, and buying into the fullness of life that comes from fully enjoying good food.
Simplify Simplify simplify. Bring much less stuff into the new house when we move.
Work on cultivating my soul. Spend time everyday listening to God. Bring everything to him. Vinegar, Oil, and all. Be fully honest with God. Visualize his love for me, and allow him into my decision making to trust the purpose he gave me. Slow down and listen to my soul. Remember my worth and that I am not measured by the hustle.
Rebuild my relationship with God. Ask harder questions. Pray more. Rediscover who God is and begin to lean on him more in the coming year.
Find out who I am and who I want to be. Don't allow myself to be categorized. Work harder to be unapologetically myself, and don't allow myself be so easily molded by other people’s thoughts and Ideas. Think before I act, and don't make rash decisions. Remind myself that people will love me for who I am, and not for the masks that I wear. God made me perfectly unique and I don't want to waste that Shannoness trying to be someone else.
Build strong honest friendships. Find a home team at Vanderbilt that sees me for who I am, and who I can trust to care for me even in the broken pieces and dark days.
Start a blog. Be honest and true. Working on my writing. Share my thoughts. Practice the art of story-telling and authenticity.
Improve my relationship with my body. Don't give it the power to rule my world, my thoughts, and my schedule. Work on accepting myself for who I am and who God created me to be instead of who I am working to become. Give myself grace on the days that I cannot fully live in the reality that I am loved and I was created by God to look exactly the way I am. No measurements. Take care of my body instead of just trying to change it. Do more yoga, run for mental clarity. Set intentions to have a healthier body and mind instead of looking better on the outside. Health isn't measured by a dress size.
Be honest and true in my relationships. Don't allow myself to get so lost in who I want to become that I lose sight of who I am. Stand tall, shoulders back, and just be. All of the beautiful mess of who I am.