New Year, New Outlook

We’ve heard it all before…

“New year, new me! This year will be better than the rest!”

I’ve never had a New Year’s resolution, and to be completely honest, I think I’d cave by January 2nd. The typical “eat healthier” or “save money” or “exercise more often” goals tend to tick away quicker than the Times Square countdown and I knew that if I ever decided to create my own resolution, I’d be determined to make it a permanent part of my life.

This past year has been full of opportunities and significant life changes and I knew that I wanted to start the new year with a fresh mindset and clear direction of what I hope to accomplish in 2016. Instead of having superficial goals that I know I can’t commit to, I decided to make a list of small actions that I can tackle day by day that will encourage positivity, mindfulness, and overall happiness in my everyday life. I’m a firm believer that the simple things are the ones that truly matter, so here’s to a simply enjoyable new year.

Jessica’s Handy Dandy Pocket List of 2016 Resolutions

  1. Openly express gratitude
  2. Give compliments
  3. Find a good book
  4. Sing loud and proud
  5. Be courageous
  6. Stand up for what you believe is right
  7. Pay it forward
  8. When there is music, always dance
  9. Take time to relax
  10. Remain tolerant
  11. Get to know someone you used to judge
  12. Accept that there is no such thing as perfection
  13. Take care of your mind and body
  14. Believe in the power of prayer
  15. Visit a coffee shop and sit with a stranger
  16. Put down the cell phone
  17. Learn and understand all sides of politics
  18. Ask for help
  19. Make use of your talents and assets
  20. Practice honesty
  21. Keep promises
  22. Explore your hometown
  23. Serve graciously in any way possible
  24. Thank your parents
  25. Apologize for wrongdoing and learn from it
  26. Love yourself first

I plan to add more resolutions to this list as the year goes on and see how the many areas of my life take shape. It’s strange how day-to-day life never seems to change, but once we look back at the end of the year, we realize how much those little moments changed us over time. When each year comes to an end, I like to be a sap and reflect on the things I’ve learned, the people who have been there with me through it, and the areas of my life I will continue to work on. A flip of the calendar just feels like the right time to make a difference, but in reality, we wake up every morning with that same opportunity.

Take advantage of life’s simple chances for growth and happiness. Have a blessed 2016, beautiful people.

Love always,



2 thoughts on “New Year, New Outlook

  1. Beautiful, Jessica! I’ve been challenged to manifest one word to focus on for the year, I chose three. Brave, beautiful, and bold. I’d love to know what your word(s) for 2016 would be!


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