So many of us see this time of year as a rebirth, a chance to truly start over and accomplish all that we have dreamed. Here at the Megan Meier Foundation there are many things that we are professionally and personally resolving to achieve in the new year and hope that, along side with you, we can grow as individuals and together end bullying, cyberbullying and suicide while creating a healthier and more accepting world.
1. Stop posting anything negative on social media. Whether it is about yourself or someone else, anything we put online is there to stay and posting something negative while we’re in the heat of the moment might seem tempting at the time but if it’s really that bad, is it something we want to remember when it pops back up in a few years? We didn’t think so.
2. Stop resenting yourself. We’re serious about this one. Unless you’re Beyonce, every single on of us has their flaws. No matter your age, gender, size, color, we are all individually unique and that’s something we should embrace as time passes. Not resent.
3. Cross something off your bucket list. Even if that means doing something that you’ve dreamed of since you were five. DO IT. There is no better feeling than accomplishing something that you have waited your whole life to do! Just remember to enjoy ever second of it.
4. Smile at strangers. You’ve heard it said time and time again; you may never know what demons someone is battling on the inside. Even something as simple as saying “hello” to someone as they pass you could brighten their entire day.
5. Keep a journal. There is no better way to remember your experiences and memories than to write them down. No matter how silly, complex, heartbreaking, or exciting they may be; WRITE IT DOWN. Being about to look back at the end of the year and reflect on ever high (and low) is a great way to visually see how much you have accomplished and overcame.
6. Strengthen your relationships. With your moms, dads, brothers and sisters, friends, ex’s, WHOEVER it is. There is no point in wasting the energy resenting someone for something you probably don’t even remember. Forgive and forget and lets try to move forward. At the end of the day, these are the people who are going to be there for you, lets try to make a better effort to respect them too.
7. Face your fears. Spiders, heights, answering phone calls from your mom… we all have something that keeps us from living our lives to the fullest. Let 2015 be your time to break free from their chains and live your life without fear.
8. Turn off your phones. Seriously just turn it off. Unplug for a day. The day I realized I forgot my phone while I was heading to work and knew I wouldn’t be heading back until much later was probably the most attentive day of my life. Look up from the screens and pay attention to what is happening around you. You’ll be impressed at what you will see.
9. Pay it Forward. You know that extra change you got from the vending machine? Leave it there. The car behind you in the drive through line? Spare a few dollars to pay for theirs. What goes around comes back around and it’s better to be generous while we can.
10. Write yourself a letter. There is nothing I loved more than when my freshman year English teacher made us write letters to ourselves to read when we were seniors. Looking back on things that I thought were a big deal and then realizing it wasn’t, people who came into my life and now no longer had a place; it might be a little bitter sweet but it is the coolest experience to look back on our biggest (or smallest) moments.
11. Break bad habits. You’d be amazed at how much we could change about ourselves if we just changed one simple thing. Whether its eating too much fast food, staying up too late, or tweeting too often, there is always something that we can improve on. And let me be the first to tell you: small steps are progress too.
12. Speak louder. Let your voice be heard. So you care about something? Work for it. You like someone? Tell them. Shout it from the mountain tops and make sure that everyone knows. Life is too short and unpredictable to let your opinion go unheard. Don’t let society tell you differently.
13. Get awesome at something. You know all those things that you pin on Pinterest? All the things that you told yourself one day you would try? You should get to it. Let it be cooking, hiking, or heck even knitting… try it! You’ll never know if it’s your secret talent until you try! P.S. If you’re good at cooking… feel free to let us all know
14. Stop being afraid. Don’t let the magazines tell you what you should wear. Or your classmates tell you what you should be doing. Or even of yourself. Have the confidence to go in the direction of your dreams. Wear the things that make you feel good and do the things you’ve always had your heart set on. Just because someone isn’t okay with it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be.
15. Get comfortable with being by yourself. Let your freak flag fly (and don’t let someone else take it down). There’s no fun in pretending to be someone or something you’re not so don’t waste the time. Be who you want to be, when you want to be it.
16. Wake up earlier. We all have the same hours in a day a Beyonce, we might as well try to keep up. Even if the bed is begging us to stay.
17. Be okay with things going wrong. If you guys are anything like me, everything has a time, a place and a way it should be done. And if it’s not… well you don’t want to know. When things don’t go the way they’re planned, take a second to breathe, you never know what could come of it.
18. Try something new. If things aren’t working, it’s probably time for a serious change. Don’t be afraid to do things a little differently. Get creative and get inspired.
19. Focus on YOU. Everyone needs a little “me” time. Unplug and really focus on what you want and how you’re going to achieve it. It’s more than okay to be a little selfish sometimes.
20. Forgive more. It doesn’t matter if it’s another person, a situation, or even yourself. There is so much energy tied up in holding on to grudges and resentment when (let’s face it) it’s gonna be easier to just let it go (Que Elsa). Let go of your anchors. You’d be surprised on how much energy you’ll have to focus on other things…. Like crafts.
21. Cherish every second. 2014 was just the warm up babycakes. This year is the real deal, don’t waste a single minute of it. Push yourself to (healthy) limits and enjoy it.
Times may get hard, but that doesn’t mean we have to keep it that way.
Wishing you all the best,
The Ladies of the Megan Meier Foundation
We’d love to hear back from you! Feel free to comment with your own resolutions for the New Year!