By Madi Beumee
Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015
Here we are once again, the start of a brand new year. I love how ambitious everyone is at the start of the year, but that ambition tends to die out as the year progresses. How about making this year different? Here are six resolutions that, although not life-altering, can help you be your best self and have your best year yet!
1. Do something you’ve always wanted to try. What’s something that has always been on your bucket list that you just haven’t gotten to yet? Whether it’d be to take a cooking class, become certified in CPR, or visit a new part of the country you’ve never been to – try something you’ve always dreamed of doing.
2. Drink more water. So many of us make the resolution to “get healthier”, but what exactly does that mean? For most of us it will mean logging hours in the gym or eating heather, but what about something as simple as drinking more water?
3. Reconnect with friends you’ve haven’t seen in a while. Though many make plans to visit old friends and individuals over their winter break, sometimes it’s not as easier to get together with those who don’t live as close. Make it a goal in 2016 to send letters to those who you’ve haven’t seen in a while.
4. Thank those who least expect it. This was one of my personal resolutions that I made as I started my first semester at college. I wanted to express my gratitude for those around me that didn’t always get the appreciation they deserved such as bus drivers, chefs, and other individuals. I noticed that just saying “thank you” or asking them about their day, though small, brought a smile to their face.
5. Don’t compare yourselves to others. “You can’t move forward while looking sideways.” That is absolutely one of my favorite quotes. I think it so important to realize that it’s so much harder to grow as an individual if you are comparing yourself to those beside you. In 2016 make it a point to be your own competition and strive each day to be better than you were the day before.
6. Live in the moment. As great as social media and photography is, not all moments are meant for or need to be posted on the internet. Yes cameras are great, but our minds can remember emotions that can’t be captured in photographs.
Madi Beumee is a college freshman at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Originally from Denville, New Jersey, Madi was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015. Learn more about Madi here!