Resolved: 2016

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, especially after seeing how easily they fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around.  Its easy to say you want to change, and to even really want to, but to actually make change in your life can be incredibly hard.  So this year, I’m making some resolutions, and I’m going to do my best, because that’s all I can do…

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1.  Accept the things I cannot change.  I am all for my resolutions, but aspiring to the impossible is a waste of emotion and energy.  It is far better to work on things I can change!

– “How To Make A New Year’s Resolution in 60 Seconds” (via The Coveteur)

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2.  Be healthy on a more regular basis.  I love going to the gym, and I generally cook pretty healthy meals for myself, but I tend to be sporadic about it.  Going from an all-pizza diet to kale and egg whites and back again is just as unhealthy as a regular diet of junk.  This year I really want to keep a regular workout and meal plan and allow myself cheat days.

Check Out:

– “How I Learned To Love The Gym” (via Refinery29)

– “If You Want to Be Healthy This Winter, Read This” (via PopSugar)

– “Frozen Smoothies Are The Easiest Way To Eat A Healthy Breakfast Without Even Trying” (via Buzzfeed)

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3.  Go on more adventures.  I LOVE to travel, and I wish I could just visit a new place every week.  But until my bank account doesn’t make me want to hide under the bed, I’m thanking god for Groupon and my generous parents for the gift of travel.  I already have two trips to Israel planned, and I hope I’ll get to see some new parts of the planet as well!

Check Out:

– “Meet Your Official 2016 #TravelGoals” (via Refinery29)

“How Are These Incredibly Sexy Hotels So Cheap?” (via Refinery29)

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4.  Feed my mind.  In this age of technology, people are not nearly as well-read as their parents and grandparents.  I used to read every night, and I really haven’t been making the time anymore.  But as soon as I pick up a good book, I remember how much I love it.  So this year I’m going to make an effort to put down my phone/laptop/iPad and read at least one book every month.  The local library is literally on my street, so I really have no excuse!

– “9 Books to Read by the Time You’re 30” (via Glamour)

– “These Were The Most In-Demand New York Library Books Of 2015” (via Buzzfeed)

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Wandering through one of my favorite neighborhoods in Jerusalem

5.  Collect memories, not things.  I love shopping, and I love things, but as my dad always says, “you can’t take it with you.”  Memories with the people you love are more important than anything you could ever buy in a store.  I plan to declutter my life and focus on what really matters.

– “The 1 Thing You Can Do to Simplify Your Whole Life” (via PopSugar)

– “The Ultimate Best Friends Bucket List” (via PopSugar)

I’m feeling incredibly motivated, so I hope I can accomplish at least one thing on this list this year.  Stay tuned, and please comment and tell me what your resolutions are!

XX, Gabrielle

 

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