In honor of the New Year, I’ve set a few resolutions. Chances are I won’t keep them, but it’s worth a shot. Right?

Whether they’re style or health centric or even a little off the wall, I like setting resolutions. I enjoy feeling accountable for something, mainly because that’s the only way I can ever seem to get anything done.

I should probably do what The Style Note contributor Katherine Vergin suggested last year, and follow Audrey Hepburn’s lead by just striving to be a better person in general, all the time. But in honor of being oddly specific and setting unattainable goals, here are my resolutions…

1. Be More Mindful About Purchases

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Eileen Fisher

After moving two times last year, I made an effort to purge a lot of useless crap in my life. Now, that I’m starting 2016 with somewhat of a fresh slate, I want to be more mindful about what I spend my money on and bring into my life, and the brands and companies I choose to support.

Supporting and buying from transparent, ethical brands, such as Eileen Fisher (pictured above) and Everlane, is definitely on my radar. I’m also interested in implementing more minimalistic practices in my life, such as only buying and keeping items that I consider to be valuable and special. .

2. Make Time for Education

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One of the more important things I’ve learned since obtaining my degree just over a year ago is that you never stop learning, or at least you shouldn’t. I’m constantly running into situations in both my professional and personal life where learning a new skill or information would be insanely valuable. For instance, attending Teen Vogue Fashion University last spring proved to be a huge opportunity for me, and I got a TON out of it.

Now that I have some flexibility with my schedule, fitting in some time to learn something new is totally plausible, and something I should probably take advantage of. I have a long list of books I’d like to read, some of which have been sitting on my bookshelf for years, and there’s an obnoxious amount of free (or relatively cheap) tools on the internet to assist with learning a new subject or skill.

3. Embrace My Strengths

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I have a pretty awful habit of nitpicking different things about myself. Last month I was fretting over the wrinkles around my eyes (which are essentially nonexistent), and now I’m obsessed with checking my scalp for bald spots/thinning hair – a hypochondriac-reaction to the horror stories about Wen haircare products, which I’ve never even used…

Paying attention to fashion and beauty can have a toll on you. I’d like to say that the endless sea of beautiful bloggers, editors and celebrities I follow through social media and magazines don’t influence me in any way, but I’m not entirely sure that’s true. Wherever my insecurities and obsession with tearing myself down stems from, I’m ready to be done with it. Not only is it seriously damaging to my self-esteem, but it’s straight up exhausting. I’d like to be kinder to myself, stop caring so much about my minor and/or major short comings and embrace my strengths.

4. Be a “Healthy” Human Being

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Me, right now.

Whatever being a “healthy” person entails, I want to do. Well, at least I think I want to do it. I’ve been a fairly active person for most of my life (soccer, ballet, cheerleading, boxing, I’ve done it all). But the last couple years, my exercise regime has mirrored that of a coach potato over anything.

I’ve learned that just because your BMI number is A-OK or you’re a relatively thin person, it doesn’t mean you’re “in shape.” Basically, if I could walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded or open up a difficult salad dressing container on my own, I’d be happy. A nicer butt would be cool too.

 

What are you resolutions for 2016? Do you have a strategy for keeping them? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.

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