We all know and recognize the excitement (and stress) of the New Year, and – starting January 1st – eating well, getting to bed earlier, drinking more water, working out (way) more, sitting up taller, being more social, drinking less – the whole shebang.
But come February, it might be time to reevaluate. See what you’ve stuck with, and what you haven’t. Sometimes you fall on your ass (which I literally did descending some stairs in Harlem this past Tuesday) and that’s okay. Don’t they say something like our greatest feat is not in never falling down, but in the way we rise from our falls? The giant bruise on my butt begs to differ, but lets go with that. It’s pretty colors.
That’s why this year, instead of a January resolutions post, I decided to share some of my resolutions for the obscure second (and shortest) month of the year: February.
Why are resolutions always filled with the words more and less? Why can’t our resolutions be less scarily huge? What does more even mean? Why can’t they be about our current individual states in life? Or at the very least – just be more specific, less ambiguous. Be in bed by 11 p.m. every night. Done. See how that works for you. Ahead: my resolutions. I tried to be as specific as possible, but of course, that’s not always easy. They are definitely not in any sort of order of importance. I hope you make your own list – and always keep it open at the bottom of your computer screen. Read it once through every morning. And smile!
Be less critical of others and self (AKA think before speaking).
Always take makeup off before bed (skin will thank you).
Stick to 2 alcoholic beverages per week (instantly more hydrated, healthier, happier – let’s not forget alcohol is a depressant).
Document experiences somehow – privately – in a pretty journal (I think this makes for a happy 80-year-old Jordan to reminisce about the good old days, even though there were some definite bumps).
Drink water every hour (even if it’s just a sip). I have the biggest problem with remembering to drink water. And it’s so essential.
Eat consciously (No television or social media while eating!)
Give blood to the Red Cross on a more regular basis (I encourage everyone to do this.)
Green juice every morning – coffee 4 times a week (this is most likely my least believable resolution but let’s throw it in here for good measure!)
Set a HARD Netflix/Hulu/TV limit. I’m thinking somewhere around only 4 hours a week (gasp).
Pack lunch more – eat out/seamless less.
Make friend dates at least 2 times a week (friends = happiness).
Take social media & iPhone breaks (perhaps I’ll disconnect from 1-4 p.m. every day)
Forgive people who have caused strife.
Workout 4 times a week – you all knew this was coming. Soon I will be writing a post on my favorite workout studios in the city thanks to Class Pass.
Write 500 words a day.
Have a safe, healthy, laughter-filled Super Bowl Sunday. I’ll be spending it on the Upper East Side (Gossip Girl style) with a group of smart, beautiful people. Start on your resolutions the moment you stand up. I know I will!