It seems like in the past I haven’t been able to find the time to focus on myself enough. Each new year that comes I always end up giving way to the desires of those around me before my own even become an option. I never really cared enough about loving myself and honestly, I didn’t see the point because it was so much easier to love everyone around me instead. But this year, that all changes. This year my new year’s resolution is to make self-care my priority.
This year, I will love myself in a way I never have before. I’ll unconditionally adore who I am and treat myself right because of it. I will be full and whole and mighty.
It isn’t going to be like before—when I say I’ll "lose weight this year" and find that I only last a couple weeks. With this new year, I am a priority. My resolution is to take my health and self-care seriously and commit to a routine that not betters only my physical appearance but also one that strengthens my mind as well. I will cut out every single one of the habits that are ruining my health and replace them with things that make me feel good and push me a little bit closer toward my goals. I’ve never once heard of someone complaining from making self-care “too much of a priority.”
It’s time I discover who I am and what I deserve—and this isn’t going to be a resolution swept under the rug. I am going to schedule time for self-care into every day of my new year like any other important task. Whether that means making it a priority to set aside an hour every Sunday morning to write or treating myself to a homemade hot fudge sundae every Friday for another great week in the books–– I’m going to choose something and stick to it because I’m more than worth it.
I’ve already spent so much of my life making other people my priority and giving them the things they deserve most, that now I need to start doing it for myself. I’m so desperately in need of some genuine, warm-hearted self-care that I have let go of for far too long.
By taking the time in the new year to learn about myself from the inside out, I’m finally getting the chance to understand what my true mission is on earth. I can’t wait for the day I wake up and truly and completely know my purpose in life. I want to walk around with confidence and self-assurance that people pine over. I want to feel finally feel comfortable with every one of my flaws and embrace them fully, for they are what make me unique. I want to be the girl who lights up a room just by walking in it, the girl every boy wants to date, and every girl wants to be friends with. This new year it is my priority to become the girl I’ve always wanted to be and by focusing all my efforts on my own self-care I know I will become her.
My resolution through this New Year isn’t to end up with a boyfriend, new friends, or a hype social calendar. The only thing I want is more of me. I want to spend my nights doing what I want, not what everyone else wants. If I want to stay in with a cup of tea and a new book instead of going out with the girls, I won’t allow myself to feel guilty for choosing me and making my own wants the priority. I will feel totally okay staying in and doing my own thing.
In the new year, if I want to go out to dinner but have no one to go with, I’ll take myself on a date and not allow that awkward feeling of sitting alone to creep in. Isn’t that the point of self-care anyway? Doing things that might be a little out of your comfort zone, but that you still crave deep in your soul?
No matter how uncomfortable I might get or how many times I wish I would just go back home and crawl into bed–– I will make it my number one priority to push through and truly show myself how strong I am.
I know it isn’t going to be easy peasy lemon squeezy. I know with self-care comes days where I’ll hate myself more than ever before and I’ll question and doubt myself constantly. But I also know that there will also be days where I’ll exceed my goals, days I adore myself so much more than I ever thought I could and that is why this new year is going to better than all the rest.
This year, everything changes. It will—I believe it will with every bone in my body. It’s time my life became mine and I finally focus on making what’s most important a priority: my own self-care.
This new year is the year of me and my resolution is to make self-care my priority no matter what.
And I will come out stronger because of it.