101 Resolutions: A Year of Self-Love

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Over time, this question has become a yearly tradition that has given way for self reflection and growth, be it accomplishing a personal goal, improving one’s own character, or bettering an aspect in one’s life.

Personally, the idea of having a New Years resolution is a bit complex for me because I think one should not only reflect on themselves and come up with resolutions prior to a new year starting. I think that one should constantly take into account their resolutions each day.  Why? Because I think that each day is like a new year — it’s a new day for more growth, for more opportunities, and for more reflection.

101 Resolutions: A Year of Self-Love // With Love, Annika

Moreover, I feel like resolutions are a form of self-love because of how one is able to reflect on what is best for them. To expand more on this, in the words of Dr. Deborah Khoshaba, self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. It is dynamic and allows us to much better accept our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves as human beings struggling to find personal meaning, are more centered in our life purpose and values, and expect living fulfillment through our own efforts.

101 Resolutions: A Year of Self-Love // With Love, Annika

Hence, I have decided to compile a list of 101 “resolutions” of self-love that one can take into account throughout the year (in no particular order)♡

  1. Be kind to yourself — especially with your own thoughts.
  2. Make the choice to choose faith over fear. 
  3. Take time to be with people you love. Enjoy their company.
  4. Know and set your intentions.
  5. When times get rough, think positive (like a proton).
  6. Pray more.
  7. Say ‘yes’ to adventures, to life, to new experiences.
  8. Learn to say ‘no’ without apologizing for your choices.
  9. Listen to what and how you feel at the moment.
  10. Make a list of things that make you happy or things that you love.
  11. It’s okay to ask for help.
  12. Drink a hot cup of tea.
  13. Make more ‘me’ time.
  14. Cook your favorite food.
  15. Don’t push yourself too hard.
  16. Know that so many people love and care about you.
  17. Do your very best to not judge other people. Just do you.
  18. Focus on your strengths.
  19. Let go of the past.
  20. Find joy in the little things.
  21. Take a walk.
  22. Open up to people every now and then.
  23. Eat foods that nourish your body (fruits, vegetables, etc).
  24. Splurge a little.
  25. Be kind to others.
  26. Stick to a budget.
  27. Prioritize your health.
  28. Declutter. Physically and mentally.
  29. Make a little extra effort from time to time.
  30. Count your blessings.
  31. Stop overthinking.
  32. Be grateful daily.
  33. Know that you deserve so, so, so much love.
  34. You do not have to conform to the ways of the world. There’s no need to try and “fit in.”
  35. Recognize that you are a miracle.
  36. Call a friend.
  37. Talk to strangers.
  38. Wear whatever feels comfortable to you.
  39. Appreciate those that are around you.
  40. Take time to nurture the friendships that you have.
  41. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams — go for it.
  42. Let loose from time to time.
  43. Do what you know is best for you.
  44. Read inspiring words of affirmation.
  45. Practice being in the moment.
  46. Choose to love yourself.
  47. Choose to love your thoughts.
  48. Choose to love your body.
  49. Failure in something doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Remember, failure is an opportunity for more growth. Fail forward.
  50. Use more lotion.
  51. Give more to those in need.
  52. Get a full night’s sleep.
  53. Drink water daily (at least six glasses).
  54. Get to know your family members more.
  55. Read a book.
  56. When faced with anxiety, take deep breaths and know that whatever you’re facing, you can do it.
  57. Own your choices, even if it means disappointing others. You know what’s best for you.
  58. Create goals you’d love to conquer!
  59. There’s more to life than social media. Don’t be pulled by the illusion that’s displayed on your screen.
  60. Support those around you.
  61. Watch a funny video.
  62. Stretch.
  63. Choose to be happy.
  64. Let go of grudges.
  65. Know that you are MORE than enough.
  66. You are NOT your mistakes.
  67. Know that you matter.
  68. Pamper yourself (i.e. get your nails done, hair done, have a massage, etc.)
  69. Sing your heart out in the car.
  70. Or in public.
  71. Or with your friends.
  72. Go out to a fancy restaurant.
  73. Dance your heart out wherever, whenever!
  74. Binge-watch your favorite shows.
  75. Cry your heart out if you want to.
  76. Buy your favorite ice cream. Eat it!!!
  77. Make an upbeat music playlist to dance to!
  78. Take a looong hot shower. Or have a bubbly bubble bath!
  79. Dress up just because.
  80. Don’t hit the snooze button.
  81. OR go ahead and hit the snooze button.
  82. Quit putting yourself down.
  83. Remind yourself that you are beautiful and amazing — both inside and out.
  84. Listen to yourself and to your body.
  85. Know that you are here for a reason.
  86. Follow through with the promises that you make with yourself.
  87. Invest more in skincare.
  88. Let go of toxicity (in all aspects of your life, because you know you do not need any of it).
  89. Be more patient with yourself.
  90. And with those around you.
  91. Try a new skill.
  92. Exercise more often (or at least try, hehehe).
  93. Find a cause.
  94. Eat the pizza.
  95. Trust yourself more.
  96. Do not compare yourself to others, because you are your own unique. 
  97. Be true to yourself.
  98. When things go south, remind yourself that “this too shall pass.”
  99. Do not force yourself to doing things you know you do not want to do.
  100. Stop trying to please everyone.
  101. Love yourself more.

I hope that you found some inspiration in reading this list of 101 resolutions! I pray for nothing but love, joy, peace, humility, kindness, hope, and so, so, so much more for you, and I hope for nothing but an amazing New Year for you! And know that I am very grateful for you♡

With love, Annika 

101 Resolutions: A Year of Self-Love // With Love, Annika