Unlike many people, I decided against making a New Year’s resolution this year. I usually make these resolutions near the end of the year, excited to accomplish everything on that list. I had to ask myself why I and so many others make New Year’s resolutions every year only to either forget what was written, or only halfway complete the list. Did I complete everything on my resolution list last year? If I am being honest, I do not even remember what I wrote, much less if I accomplished anything.
Instead, near the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, I took the time to journal and reflect. For me, I found that journaling is a free form of self-therapy. I have journaled on and off since I was an adolescent, but recently I’ve wanted to check in more often with my well-being. I believe that it is important to check in with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of one’s life, as these need to be taken care of.
As I journaled, I reflected on 2019. I looked back at my accomplishments and travels, as well as my personal growth. In 2019 I traveled all over Europe. I started an internship. I completed four Spartan races. I cut off my hair (again). I made new friendships. I started my last year of university. I bought a spontaneous plane ticket back to Spain. When I looked back at 2019, there were so many things to be grateful for. So many lessoned learned, opportunities for growth and seasons of appreciation. These events were not planned on a New Year’s resolution list. However, whenever I traveled or did something new, I experienced personal growth.
As I journaled about 2020, I became excited about ideas for the months to come. I do not want to be stressed about trying to accomplish a resolution, but instead focus on journaling regularly and reflecting on personal growth.
Here are some tips on how to keep journaling practices: first thing in the morning instead of checking social media. This will help to better prepare your well-being for the day. Another is to set a reminder on your phone to a time that is most convenient for you. Lastly, when you think of something interesting, make it a habit to write it down.
This year, I challenged myself to incorporate time to journal regularly and find ways to grow in different aspects of my life each day. I encourage you to take some time to reflect on 2019 and see what you want to do this year, whether it is starting or reviving a relationship with God, going out of your comfort zone or sky diving for the first time.