Here I am! My first blog post on my new website at the start of the new year, and I could not be happier.
I thought it would be interesting to talk about New Year’s Resolutions considering the recent New Year celebration. My voice teacher, Mr. Robert Sussuma taught me that January is the month named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions. Janus is depicted with two faces, one oriented forward and the other back. I thought this was so interesting and worth sharing, because this is the time of year where everybody is both, reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new. Often times, we have experiences in the previous year that teach us lessons which we carry with us to guide us through the new year.
Knowing this, I wonder why we often make the same resolutions year after year, whether it is to exercise more, to travel, to use our iPhones less, to be more positive, and so on? If we look upon the previous year like Janus, and learn from it, we should not make the same mistakes that lead us to the same resolutions, right? Of course, we are not two-headed like Janus, however that does not make it any less important for us to look back, learn from, and embrace the past year. I constantly find myself making the same resolutions with each new year, so I figured out two key points for myself that help me make a resolution that I can keep and that hopefully will not be on my list next year!
Here are a few of my resolutions for this year:
- Try a bootcamp style fitness class.
- Put yourself out there more often- attend one professional audition a month.
- Drink three full Nalgene bottles of water a day.
- Go to sleep before midnight every night.
- Spend less time on the computer and more time reading books.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter once a week.
- Allow yourself to spend some of your hard earned money on things that make you happy.
- Practice your craft for twenty minutes a day.
Here are my key points: 1) I find that specific resolutions work best for me. I need to give myself numbers, specificities that I can keep track of for the day so there is no question of whether I achieved my goal or not. And 2) I believe that all of the resolutions listed above are more than accessible to me as long as I don’t lose sight of the motivation behind each and every one. For example, when I became vegan this past October, it was difficult for me to avoid certain foods. Pizza, for example. Ah, how I love pizza. If I reminded myself, “no, Lexi, you are vegan,” I would still be very tempted to let myself slip up “just this once.” However, if I reminded myself of why I became a vegan- the inhumane treatment of animals, the factory farming industry, the health implications and effects on the earth- BOOM! Goodbye pizza! My advice to anyone would be to set New Year’s Resolutions that are specific and motivated- something you can back up, especially in those moments of weakness.
With that, I wish everyone a Happy New Year (although I’m a bit late), and I thank you for taking some time to stop by and read this post! I will be attending a Martial arts/plyometrics/yoga blended bootcamp class this evening to start hammering away at my resolutions (#1, to be exact!)