mental health

My New Year Resolutions for 2019

With today being the first day of the new year, almost everyone on social media is sharing their best memories and their resolutions for 2019. As I reflect on this past year, all of the accomplishments, memories, and challenges; I think of what I would like to accomplish in 2019. I wanted to take the time to share my resolutions for this new year and everything I will keep close to my heart as well as my accomplishments in 2019.

I am going to set mindful goals, such as being mindful about my choices, practicing self-care, and living my best life possible.

My Resolutions for 2019

  1. I will work harder on school work, as I only have two classes to go until I transfer to a wonderful university this year. I am working on my AAS in Human Services and my BA in Psychology.
  2. I will be working on how I allow others to treat me, as well as how I treat others in return. I have been called a pushover, treated like a door-mat, and told that I am “too nice.” Well, this is going to change. I am no longer going to tolerate or entertain anyone’s negative treatment towards me, and I am done being a pushover.
  3. I am going to work harder on self-care this year, taking the time to care for myself rather than worrying about others all of the time.
  4. I am going to continue to work on my mental health and hopefully get better. Most of the time, the symptoms of my diagnoses are what get to me. I plan to stay on track with all of my medication and hopefully see a therapist and actually talk about my issues.
  5. I want to practice on my photography skills, work with some more awesome clients, and be a part of some more awesome events. I have a promotional video that I am going to be a part of in Greenville this month, and I cannot wait to share that with everyone!
  6. And like almost everyone says for their new year resolutions, I plan on being much healthier and drinking more water (I am addicted to Diet Coke, that is almost all I ever drink). I don’t really have a goal weight, I just want to be healthier.

My best memories and things to look back on

  1. I took a very important step towards a better life in the beginning of January, which was finally seeing a psychiatrist about my C-PTSD, depression, and anxiety. After this year, I have not let my diagnoses define me; instead, I write about it, I talk to people with the same mental health issues, and most importantly, spread awareness.
  2. I spent a lot of time with my nieces and nephews this year. I will remember all of the fun times I had with my nephew this year, especially at the beginning of this year. Given that we live in the same house, I have also spent a lot of time with my niece whom I love so much. I am very happy to have all of them in my life and being their “Aunt Kenny.”
  3. I was able to finally see my best friend, Jasmine, after what seemed like years. She has been in the Navy, as well as her husband. Her husband is stationed in Chicago for now, and I rarely ever get to see her. I was so happy to finally hug her and talk to her in person. I don’t know when I will get to see her in person again, but we text almost every day and send each other fun little things through mail. I am very thankful for her and I love her so much!
  4. I was able to provide many makeup, hair, and skincare hauls, which are mostly shared on my Instagram highlights. I have found my holy grail products and products that don’t work that well for me. I definitely plan on writing about my favorite beauty products of 2018.
  5. I have been an active Influenster, participating in some amazing campaigns, testing out products before they hit the shelves, and giving my honest opinion in my reviews. I can’t wait to see what kind of work I will be doing with Influenster in 2019.
  6. I had an amazing 21st birthday that I will never forget. I received a sweet card from my momma Suzyn, filled with a heartfelt letter and a gift that I will cherish forever: an emerald cut aquamarine gemstone ring (both of our birth stones). What made this very special to me was that she trusted me enough to pass it down as it was passed down to her. I also received the best Bose headphones from my father. Unfortunately, I obviously cannot provide a link for the ring (LOL).
  7. Pumpkin turned 3 years old April 28th.
  8. Me, William, and our family decided to visit the Isle of Palms in Charleston for a couple of days and it was so beautiful and relaxing. It was great to get a break from home and work.
  9. I made some great memories with William and our family on William’s birthday
  10. I made the dean’s list!
  11. . I paid off more of my car and increased my credit by like, a lot.
  12. . I made a pretty large purchase: the new Macbook Pro with the new Touch Bar and Touch ID, as well as a Canon DSLR camera, the Rebel T6. Since then, I have purchased a couple of extra lenses!
  13. . When I purchased the camera, I only intended to use it to take photos of my cat and for my blog. Since then, I had a couple ask me to take some professional photos of them and that’s was when my small photography business started! I started in late October on a whim and in December I had 12 professional shoots down, business cards, and I even landed my first event! I am currently working on my photography website!
  14. . Pumpkin’s adoption anniversary was this past week, December 30th. That marked three years of having her with us. Adopting her was one of the best decisions I have made.


What are your resolutions for the new year?

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