(No) New Year’s Resolutions For Me

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(No) New Year's Resolutions For MeAfter three years of extreme uncertainty, let’s toss the new year’s resolution trend for 2022.

We are burnt out, confused, conflicted, and at this point many of us are just in survival mode. This year, I am not making a resolution — whatever happens, happens. I have some lifestyle modifications I want to make, but I am not falling into the trap this year. My resolution last year was to read 12 books. That sounds pretty simple — just one book a month. What I didn’t consider was an extremely grueling school semester that would take five months of me working before and after school to stay caught up. I also didn’t consider a toddler who no longer let me sit by the pool and read. The whole month of December I kept beating myself up about not accomplishing my goal of reading 12 books. Let’s be honest: 12 books is pretty underwhelming and a low expectation, but I couldn’t even do that. With some self-reflection, I realized that one’s resolution shouldn’t cause anxiety and self-hatred. That’s why this year I am not setting any. Am I going to try to read more? Absolutely, but I am not putting a number on it.

We hype up new year’s resolutions so much, but really you can make a change any time.

If you’re unhappy with your diet don’t wait until January 1. Start now. You also set yourself up for failure to eat healthfully during certain life seasons. I remember as a child having softball Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and church on Wednesdays and Sundays. My sister also played softball and many nights she played hours before my games. In that season of life, we ate a lot of McDonald’s, ballpark food, and Easy Mac. In that season of life my mom did what she could. She worked a full-time job, picked us up at daycare, we changed quickly and wouldn’t be home until 9-10pm many nights. There was no realistic time to prepare a healthy meal. That was the season of life we were in.

If you want to set a resolution, I encourage you to look at the season you’re in and adjust things that can be changed and work towards that goal, instead of setting unrealistic goals for your life. If you always fall off the wagon by the end of January, here’s a little lesson I teach my high school freshman for their goals: I encourage you to make your goals SMART, which means they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and with a Time Frame.

The worst thing we do is create resolutions with no real way to check their progress, which is why 2022 isn’t getting a resolution from me. I hope to read more, eat less sugar, continue my gym journey, but most importantly SURVIVE (which is also my word of the year).

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Hi, my name is Kailey. I am a Registered Nurse turned high school Health Science Teacher. I am a proud wife and mom of 1. My sweet Brady (any football fans?) was born in August 2018. I am a Knoxville native and absolutely love the area. Where else can you drive to a beach, major city, or mountains in less than 6 hours? I married my husband in May 2017, we have known each other since he was 16. I love all things true crime, Disney, crafts, and Mexican food . If we aren't at work you will find us traveling or planning our next trip. We have a passion for traveling and our goal is to visit all 50 states. I do also work as a travel agent. I absolutely love planning vacations for families. I have been a travel agent since 2016. At the end of the day all we have left are memories, I make sure each and every family creates lasting memories. I'm most certainly not an expert on being a mom, but I hope to add some experiences and outlooks being a "millennial mom".

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