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New Year Resolutions

By Regina Alabere on Thu, 21/01/2016 - 11:30


    Happy New Year folks! Most of us have been waiting for the New Year which is usually ushered in with the first of January celebrations. We in Nigeria know well how that goes. Some of us have been preparing for this particular day since the beginning of the final quarter of 2015. A new year is always something to look forward to and as a tradition, some of us have made up our minds to leave some things and behaviors in the past year. These are called our new resolutions. The difficult part of this particular tradition is how we vow to keep away from some things and go back to doing the same thing a couple of weeks later. No judgement here, I do it too.

Below is a list of the things I have tried so hard to change about me but couldn’t. These are the New Year resolutions I have made and realized by the end of the year that I didn’t even bother to try to keep them.

Quit Using Headphones: I know how much I have promised myself every New Year that I should stop using earphones. As a music addict, I do not think this is possible in my old age. Suffice it to say that I have gotten to the point in my life where I cannot stop using headphones. I cry every time I misplace mine.

Save More, Shop Less: Someone needs to become my personal bank. Keep all my credit cards and withdrawal booklets from me, and keep me away from shops and markets. Someone needs to keep me away from new trends. This is one resolution I can’t keep no matter how hard I try. I always save up a little money, and all I need to do is see one awesome black dress, a book I’ve been longing to read, or generally, something I’ve wanted for a while and it all goes down the drain.

Watch Less Movies: I wouldn’t even classify this as a new year resolution except that I spend so much money going to the movies. If a new movie is out, I just have to see it. For the ones I can’t catch at the movies, I make sure that I download them to watch. This has done quite some damage to my social life and my eyes but I don’t even seem to notice. The reason I am not so eager to quit this habit is because like they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, no? and honestly, Hollywood isn’t even helping. I mean, have you seen the list of movies they have lined up for the year 2016? One word…Woah!

In addition to this list, there are some things I started last year that will continue this year.

Be More Focused: According to Steve Jobs, “A dream will only become regret if no action is taken”. I am going beyond my comfort zone and I will do all I have always wanted to do. There is no time for fear and I am too youthful to back down from a challenge. If I fail, I’ll get over it quickly and if I succeed (which I will) I will move on to conquering more challenges. Hey guys, give it a try this year.

Be Healthy: Recent research has shown that there’s a paradigm shift from a crash diet to a healthy lifestyle. My dad always says ‘You’re what you eat”. So, I am going to drink more water, eat more fruits, no alcohol, exercise as often as I can (I’m lazy at that though) and  eat more healthy homemade meals in small portions. Healthy living can be achieved, so guys let’s do this.

Read, Read and Read: Okay, so I got this job that made me intensify my reading and researching habits which is amazing. So I plan to study more this year, reading books ranging from autobiograghies, journals, health and fitness, inspirational and the bible. I know this will make me a more knowledgeable person.

Above all, I encourage you to read books this year. Some novels I recommend are:

Beloved- Toni Morrison

There was a country- Chinua Achebe

Graceland – Chris Abani

Americanah- Chimamanda Adichie

Every Day is for the Thief- Teju Cole


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