Beautiful on the Inside,Celebrate

New Year’s Resolutions Part 1

Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions that will make you feel more beautiful on the inside!

Give yourself the gift of at least 15 minutes a day. Whether it’s praying, a spiritual ponder, or meditation, it’s important to give yourself some time to reflect.  How can you better strengthen yourself, learn from your mistakes and grow to be a better person?  It’s important to be honest with yourself, recharge and see were you are with your personal goals.

Gratitude is a skill that can be learned and developed.  Try a gratitude journal! Write down 2 – 3 things you are grateful for each day.  At times, it may seem like life isn’t going your way and you become blind to the wonderful things that are going well.  The act of thinking about the good and then writing it down will help you acknowledge the beauty and blessings that you experience each day.

There is a science behind gratitude.  Very interesting stuff! Check it out.

Love is a verb, people! 🙂 For those folks who really know me, I always say actions speak way louder than words. Serving others repeatedly through simple acts of kindness is what love truly is, not the occasional grand gesture (but those can be fun every once in a while, too).  It can be as small as a smile, or getting past small talk to find out how someone is REALLY doing.

In the long run, only competing with others will leave you unfulfilled.  However, learning to compete with yourself by setting and achieving realistic goals can lead to consistent growth and improvement over time.  And isn’t that what we are all striving for? Making today a little bit better than yesterday?
I really liked this article (even though it flies in the face of the idea of “do your best”).
Negative self talk can really drag you down.  Positive self talk is a habit and a skill that can be really change the way you see the world.  Speak kindly about yourself to yourself.  You are a good person doing your best to make the world a better, more beautiful place. Be good to yourself.  Don’t put yourself down.  Focus on the positive.
It’s really easy to fill up your calendar and your life, and still feeling empty.  Get the really important things on your calendar first: things that help you nurture relationships with those you love, then continue filling your calendar.
Bad habits can seem like old, familiar friends. It can be tough to part ways with old friends (even if you’ve realized that you aren’t able to be your best self when you’re around them).  So, when you’ve identified the bad habit that you’re ready to part ways with, be sure to fill that place in your life with a new, good habit.
Even if it’s scary or outside of your comfort zone. GO FOR IT!
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when we try to take on a lot all at the same time.  Take things one step at a time.  Be present for what you are doing in the moment.  Give it your full attention.  Look for the beauty in the here and now.
Let go of the hurt that someone may have caused you.  Find the beauty within that person and you will be free again.
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  • Allison T.
    January 3, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I love all 10 of those resolutions and really think that they will make a huge difference in my life!

    • Melessa
      January 3, 2017 at 10:35 am

      I’m so glad you’re going to use them! As I practice them it really helps me feel more aware and in control.

  • Amy
    January 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Oh man, I struggle with positive self talk every day. Thank you for the reminder to be a little more gentle to myself!

    • Melessa
      January 3, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I agree Amy! We are so hard on ourselves. But truly, we need to drop the harsh critic that lurks inside us and pat ourselves more on the back.

  • Elane
    January 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Where to begin…..I need ALL of them but if I do them all I will overwhelm myself and fail. I guess start at the top and move down slowly.

    • Melessa
      January 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      You’re so right! I can only work at one or two of them at time too. These are life long practices. 🙂

  • Lillian Soza
    January 3, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    These are great ideas. And can I just add that the water color pics are beautiful!

    • Melessa
      January 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Lillian! I think when art, texture, colors and strong words all come together it can help inspire and uplift a person.

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