2017 New Year’s Resolutions

A lot of people tend to think resolutions are silly, that they’re nothing short of promises we make to ourselves but break anyways-sometimes intentionally and other times not. Although this may be true, I still find excitement each year in making new goals! My resolutions set the scene for how I want my year to go, what I’d like to accomplish, and the things that are most important to me.

Below, I’ve listed all of my current 2017 resolutions for this year! What are yours?

Stop Worrying: 

The struggle is so real. In 2016, I considered myself a busy body who absolutely worried about everything. If I didn’t know what was going on or didn’t have a plan, anxiety would set in. This year, I plan to work on this habit. I’ve recently discovered more ways to keep my schedule on track while also keeping my mood in mind.

Set The Phone Down: 

I’m glued to my phone. All day, everyday you’ll probably never see me without it. Throughout 2016, I noticed how my phone had affected my relationships. It has interfered with family dinners, outings, and had distracted me from getting things done. Lately, I’ve tried to wean myself off my IPhone as much as possible. I’m hoping in 2017, I can find a healthy balance between having my phone with me and being on it 24/7.

Get Back Into Running:  

Getting fit is a goal everybody likes to throw on their resolution list. Bottom line, we all hate going to the gym and working out. Is it fun? Not always. Is it necessary and important to be healthy? I’d say so.

For me, I’d like to focus on getting back into running. My body a year and a half ago was strong and toned thanks to the treadmill. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to run consistently and I’d really like to change that.

See New Places: 

I had a lot of fun in 2016 venturing to different states but there’s still more to see. I’m hoping this new year will give me the opportunity to travel frequently and experience new things. Keeping my fingers crossed that the wallet will cooperate with this idea.

Positivity: Things To Be Mindful Of 

We all have bad days, there’s no denying that. I’m sure we’ve all started our morning off on the wrong side of the bed. I’m sure sometimes we don’t even want to get out of bed (me every time I need to wake up remotely early).

Even on my worst days, I try to keep these things in mind.

You’re Not Perfect:  

I catch myself starting the day off on the wrong foot due to blaming myself for things I can’t control. I like to remind myself, “I am human” and we all make mistakes no matter how hard we try not to. Take time to reflect and congratulate yourself regularly on what you’ve achieved, not what you haven’t.

It’s Okay To Think About Yourself: 

A majority of my bad days pay tribute to thinking about others more than I do myself. I catch myself doing this habit more times than not and it is beyond frustrating. I’m a firm believer in making sure I’m okay before anyone else.

Recently, I’ve tried making more of an effort towards “me time”. This could be anything from grabbing my favorite coffee or making sure I get into the gym daily. These little activities bring my mood back to where it needs to be.

Confidence Is Key: 

Don’t let other people’s bad vibes kill yours. Set an example at home, school, or your workplace by showing extreme confidence and courage when taking on your day. Smiling, greeting your peers or coworkers, giving compliments, all of these things scream positivity. It doesn’t hurt to spread some of it around.

Tomorrow Is A New Day:

At the end of a hard day, it’s always motivating to remember tomorrow is a new one. I find comfort each evening knowing my attitude is a reflection of what I’m feeling and that I’m in control of my own happiness.

If you’re feeling stuck or in a rut, find out why and re-evaluate or regroup yourself. If you aren’t, spread some of that positivity around. It’s contagious.

Out With The Old 

Welcome to the New Year! 2017, we were ready for you. This year has been full of ups, downs, accomplishments, realizations, leaps, bounds, and a whole lot in between. As amazing as this past year has been, I couldn’t wait to press the reset button.

It’s time for a fresh start. I’m kicking off the blog by re-branding and focusing solely on the things I am passionate about. A new slate. Clean, organized, and emphasized on the things I love. One of those things are…smoothie bowls.

My small obsession has recently been taken to a new level. Seriously, I’m researching boosts, powders, fruits, veggies, anything I can blend together and scoop into a bowl. These wonderful little treats are full of nutritional value. They’ve virtually opened new doors for my diet. Because of this, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes with you all.

Things We Need-

Frozen Strawberries

Frozen Blueberries

Unfrozen Blueberries

Blackberries

Bananas

Kiwi

Almond Milk

Granola

Agave

White bowl (optional for those of you who want the perfect Insta pic) 

Blender, Nutri Bullet, or Ninja (I find the ninja works the best out of these options)

To make this process easy, fill your blender of choice with solid ingredients first.

Begin, with 1/2 frozen strawberries and 1/2 frozen blueberries. Slice 1/2 the banana and add to blender. Set aside the other sliced half.

Cut and scoop kiwi out of skin. Set aside.

Pour Almond milk over fruit until covered. Secure lid, blend until thick and smooth texture starts to form. Add additional almond milk or frozen fruit as needed.

Shake mixture into bowl. Top bowl with prepared sliced kiwi, banana, blackberries, and unfrozen blueberries.

Garnish the bowl with your favorite granola and a small amount (or large amount) of agave for sweetness.

Take your beautiful breakfast outside for the perfect photo. Enjoy!