Happy April, Finding Delight readers! This year, I decided to approach my New Year’s resolutions a little bit differently. I wrote out all the months in my journal and have filled in things I want to work on in 2017– 2 items per month. Not every item is filled in yet. I want to give myself space to grow over the year, to not set my resolutions in stone.
My hope is that, once something is set into practice for a month, I’ll continue the habit throughout the year.
I’d like to share results and thoughts at the end of each month because accountability. (You can check out past months HERE.) Here’s how I did in March…
March Resolution #1. Up my comment game on other blogs.
I read, or at least scroll and skim, a RIDICULOUS amount of blog posts each week. As I mention in my very first post ever, I’ve been a fan of the medium since the early days. I had an online journal in the early aughts and, when that faded into obscurity, I followed several lifestyle bloggers with cult-like consistency.
When I was settling on resolutions, I tried to find a balance of betterment within every aspect of my life. So when I reflected on how I could make positive changes in how I approach blogging, I realized I need to stop being a lurker and start joining the conversation. (Not to mention, according to The Secret, you get what you give. And I’m tryin’ to get more blog comments, too. #keepinitreal)
So in March, I joined a few blogger Facebook groups and have tried to engage with folks as much as possible. We trade comments and brainstorm collaborations. It’s been a lot of fun!
There are still a TON of blogs I visit on the regs that I don’t often (or ever) comment on. I hope they’re happy to let me continue lurking. Haha!
Going forward: I’ll continue to stay active in the blogger groups I’ve joined. I’ll find a few non-group, new-to-me homies and resolve to comment on their posts with regularity. I’ll respond to the comments on my own posts when I want to keep the conversation going!
March Resolution #2.
Keep fresh flowers in the house. Don’t scrimp on the anticipation aspect of travel.
Yes, I switched this resolution mid-month. Whoops! But hear me out… When planning out each month’s resolutions in my journal I thought committing to a nice grocery store bouquet of flowers on the regular would be a worthy pursuit. Fast forward to every time I went grocery shopping in the first week or so of March and I realized I needed to scrap this idea. As I picked up and put down bouquets and mulled over price tags, I came to the conclusion that these colorful blooms just wouldn’t bring me enough happiness to justify their expense. And I’m ok with that.
So! Did I accept defeat and call it quits on having 2 resolutions for March? NOPE! Back to the drawing board.
Knowing that I had two upcoming trips in April, I chose to work on something that I’ve recently noticed about myself. I’m not so good at the anticipation aspect of travel. It’s like I know I have an upcoming trip but I tell myself NOT to think about it until the time draws near. This means I’m missing out! According to a 2010 study, just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it.
I think shying away from anticipation is a holdover from college speech & debate. We traveled to so many tournaments throughout the year that there wasn’t really enough time to put a whole lot of thought into the process ahead of time. We just packed our suitcases and off we went. And then we did again the next week.
But now! I’m leaning into the planning and anticipation of travel. Googling, asking for recommendations, packing lists, “to-do before I leave” lists, etc, etc!
Going forward: I won’t try to trick myself into thinking my trips are spontaneous…I’ll relish in all the happiness they can give me before I even embark!!!
Alright friends, let’s keep things going in April!
How are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions going? Three months down! Tell me how you’re doing in the comments below (#accountability) or feel free to email me – email@example.com – if you’d like to keep it private. You got this!
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5 thoughts on “March Resolutions – How Did I Do?”
well my new year’s resolutions… did i even have some? I had promised myself to eat healthier but failed… like I am eating chocolate just now ahah xx corinne
Welldone with achieving all that..I’m doing well with my writing/blogging goals….I even join date the atozchallenge to help me put in more work.
I’m trying to make sure I leave a comment whenever I read a post. It’s not always easy but I am trying to do the same as you.
I have a hard time justifying the cost of flowers at the store too. Our local farmer’s market had some really great bouquets last fall so I’m hoping they will have affordable options this spring too. I’ve settled for buying greenery, like eucalyptus, that will dry well and I can keep around long after it needs water. I’m also diving into living potted plants…let’s see how long I can keep some alive!
I am the same way about commented & traveling. I always make it a goal to comment on 10-15 blogs a day but I forget more often than not. When it comes to travel I don’t get excited until the very last minute, mostly due to anxiety I have around flying. Maybe my May resolutions will be to tweak your March ones.
Good for you!! I love having fresh flowers but have a hard time buying them, too. I think I just need more potted plants in my house to calm my cravings! LOL. Tulips are always a must though especially for this time of year. I didn’t really make any resolutions – I sort of just told myself to get my health in order and get back into school! Still working on both.. LOL.