Every New Year begins with a certain vivacity and gusto that is unparalleled to any other point in the year. What’s the reason? New Year’s Resolutions. People are inspired by their new resolutions. They begin eating healthy, exercising three times a week, making time for their loved ones. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and this idea of a balanced lifestyle is often short-lived. It’s a routine that we’re all too familiar with, and as it usually goes, we end up breaking these very resolutions two or three weeks in.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case. We know resolutions are hard to keep, but with the right ones, you could be on track to a “new you” for 2018. Your resolutions don’t have to be daunting, time-consuming, or expensive. Sometimes they could be as simple as a single phone call or learning 3 new words a day. We’ve compiled a list of our staff members’ resolutions as inspiration to help you create some meaningful goals for 2018.
Melissa: I’m going to call people more often. People are always on their phones; it’s like we’re cyborgs. I’m going to put more effort in picking up the phone and actually talking to friends and family.
Ben: My main goal for 2018 is to gain permanent residency in Canada. Why? Because I love this country, especially this province and city, and the wonderfully kind people that I’ve met here. In order to achieve this goal, I have another: to pass a French exam at B2 level. As we all know, Québec’s official language is French, and I will receive a lot more points for my linguistic proficiency. However, overcoming this somewhat stressful obstacle is only a small part of another ambition which is to become fluent in French. I absolutely adore the language and began to learn 2 years ago when I took a one month course at CLC. I would say that the majority of my friends here are francophone, and their bilingualism, and most often trilingualism, continues to astound and amaze me, and only inspires me more to achieve my dream to become bilingual and live in Canada.
Frances: Every year, it’s to cut my hair. I hate getting my hair cut or done. I’ve always had long hair but in high school, I cut it too short and I hated it. Ever since I’ve had a sort of like a phobia, so I always put it off. But I’ve already done it for this year. The hairdresser said that I should come back soon, but I’ll probably just wait until next January for my next cut.
Miguel: My goal is to get better and improve my English. I want to practice and speak more often so I can communicate more easily with other people.
Kelsea: My resolution was to reduce my carbon footprint and decrease the waste I create. I want to be more environmentally conscious, and it’s not just a resolution for the year but more like a lifelong resolution. As a society, we don’t even realize the little things we do, even if that’s just taking a straw when you don’t really need one, so I’m going to make the effort to be more aware of things like that.
Daniyella: My main goal is to be more proactive. It’s pretty straightforward but I think it applies to a lot of different aspects of my life. Instead of just waiting for things to happen or expecting someone else to take control of the situation, I’m trying to hold myself more accountable whether that’s for school, work, extracurriculars, or my relationships.
Jimmy: I have the attention span of a 4-year old and get bored very easily, so this year my resolution is to stay committed, focused and disciplined with my goals which include: getting BACK into shape, executing on my side hustles and ideas and living a more balanced life.
Tara: My biggest priority for 2018 is to establish a regular morning routine. I want to set myself up well for the day, and often my mornings are scattered and I end up losing out on what could be valuable daily me-time.
So if you’ve given up on your resolutions for 2018, it’s not too late to bring them to fruition! With 351 days ahead of you, you’ve got plenty of time to embrace the “new you” and to make some healthy changes in your life.