“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

I am a firm believer in realistic goals. Unrealistic goals are destined for failure. The turn of the new year consistently and predictably sparks resolutions for people all over the world. “I want to eat healthier,” says one. “I want to work out,” says another. For me, these goals are too broad. In order to create an attainable goal, it needs to be specific and concrete. What healthy habits do you want to create? More vegetables? Less sugar? How often do you want to work out? How many pounds do you want to lose? You need measurable goals to work toward or you will always feel as though you could have done better.

With that being said, here are a few of my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions:

Return to being a pescetarian.

I spent several years as a vegetarian when I was in high school. Upon becoming a vegetarian, I lost a significant amount of weight and felt healthier than I ever had. Lately, I have noticed that greasy and heavy meats make me feel bloated and weighted down. I feel healthier overall when I avoid dense meats. I would like to go back to abstaining from eating meat in 2016. However, I will continue to eat eggs, dairy, and seafood, technically making me a pescetarian. I think that by avoiding the heavier meats such as pork and chicken, I will notice an overall improvement in my health and the way that I feel.

Improve my anxiety management.

With this particular resolution, I am being a bit more vague. Every year, I hope to improve on the way that I handle my anxiety and the coping methods that I am able to use. And every year, I am surprised by finding new ways to cope that I could not have imagined. With that being said, I don’t want to create a specific goal because I am not sure what new coping methods I will come across this year. Overall, I want to feel a smidgen better about my anxiety by the end of the year. Any improvement is a good thing. Small steps lead to big changes.

Save money.

By the end of 2016, I want to have a specific amount of money in my savings account. While I do not want to publish a specific dollar value online, I think it is important to set a realistic financial goal for yourself and strive for it. For me, my financial goal this year is to build on my savings, attempting to reach the dollar amount that I have specified for myself. Even though I am a college student living paycheck to paycheck, it is important to save money and remember to pay yourself first.

Exercise at least once per week.

I have never been one for working out, especially because significant raises in my heart rate trigger panic attacks. However, I want to try to get some form of physical exercise, preferably toning, at least once per week. For me, beginning with working out two or three times per week would overwhelm me. I think I will have more success by starting very small and slowly working my way up. Maybe by the end of the year I will be working out more than once per week, but once is my goal.

Make three new friends.

I do not mean meet three new people with this resolution. This year, I want to make three new, solid friends that I can trust and have great relationships with. Meeting new people is the easy part; creating long-lasting friendships is the difficult part that I want to follow through.

Drink three water bottles per day.

I am awful with my water intake. I have improved significantly over the last year, thanks to the consistent reminders from my boyfriend. However, I tend to slack off on a regular basis, sometimes only drinking one bottle a day (or less). I want to try and drink at least three per day consistently by the end of 2016.

Those aren’t all of my resolutions. Obviously I have smaller resolutions, hoping to improve my overall self, but these are my specific resolution goals that I want to achieve by the end of 2016.

What are your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions?

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