Bashel Lewis1 Comment

New Year, New Me

Bashel Lewis1 Comment
New Year, New Me
Photos By: Gregory Gilmer

Photos By: Gregory Gilmer

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Let me tell you about the power of black boy joy! Last year, I proclaimed 2018 as the year of execution. Fast forward an entire year later and I can whole heartedly say this was a GREAT year. From brand sponsorships, new friendships, internships, and life lessons this year has shown me the beauty of taking charge of one’s own destiny. However, I struggled with knowing my worth. There have been times where I dimmed my light, made myself the butt of the joke, and compromised my morals for the sake of making others feel comfortable. In turn, while my black boy magic continues to feed my energy, my heart is tired. Hence, I’m proclaiming 2019 as the year of ownership. How am I going to accomplish that? Check out my New Year’s Resolutions below

Be More Assertive/Speak Up

When it comes to my craft, I have no problem with being assertive about what I want and expect. Mostly because my craft is the one thing I have 100% control over. I pay for this site, I curate the content, I have the final say on all published material. However, when it comes to group projects, friendships, and relationships my assertiveness turn into empathy. This year I want to take ownership of my decisions by speaking up and setting boundaries. No more stretching myself thin to seem available for people who don’t value my time. No more going with the flow just to make others happy. No more holding back my emotions and pretending like things don’t affect me. This year it’s time to speak up.

No Red Meat or Pork

This year I’m going to take ownership of my health. As the quality of meat starts to decrease, my food consciousness needs to increase. Throughout 2018 there were several videos exposing the practices of meat distributors. Quite disturbed by the images I told myself it’s time for a change. I can’t commit to no meat right now, but I’m willing to start with pork and red meat. Who about to give up chicken? Lol. Before I become completely vegetarian, I’ll have to do a little more research. If you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian too here is a helpful article.

Learn How To Budget

My motto for the past several years has been “spend a check and get it right back.” Ok periodt. Now that I’ve turned 21, it’s time to change my mindset. In 2019, I’m going to take ownership of my finances. I have three major trips and I’ll be moving into my first apartment. These goals will require me to think about being more strategic with savings and making smart purchase decisions. I plan on using apps like MINT to keep track of where I’m overspending.

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? Comment them in the section below.