7 DAYS OF RESOLUTIONS: Sarah's Motto for 2013

Image courtesy of Sarah Hreyo
POSTED December 30, 2012 | BY Caila Ball | TOP OF MIND |

Today we have a special guest with us to share her resolutions, Sarah Hreyo (you may know her as Miss Westchester 2012). Instead of making specific goals she has decided to pick a clear motto to follow and then some areas in her life to work on based on that motto. Keep reading to see which quote she chose to define her 2013. 


Sarah Hreyo's 2013 Resolutions


Hello Karma Girls!


My name is Sarah, and I’m excited to be blogging for girl-karma today! I am a 22-year-old student from New York, and a member of girl-karma’s advisory board. I’m very passionate about public health, country music, and pageantry. Even when I’m not making appearances as a local pageant queen, I try to live by the royal behaviors seen in my favorite celebrity, Kate Middleton: class, sophistication, and style. 


Does anyone else have hard time setting New Year’s Resolutions? When I was younger, I would spend days creating the perfect list of goals for the next year. I’d carefully consider what I wanted to accomplish (often turning to my favorite books and magazines for inspiration). Then I’d document each goal on a carefully printed, meticulously decorated list that I would post on my bulletin board. The only problem with this system? I didn’t follow through. It took me a while to realize that a list of yearlong goals just didn’t work for me. What did work was setting a broad theme for my year, and then focusing on shorter to-do lists, be they daily, weekly, or monthly. For 2013, I’m resolving to live by the following mantra: “Always be a first rate-version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else” – Judy Garland. 


It can be so easy to give in to the pressure to conform to the latest styles and trends. Sometimes, doing so isn’t a big deal! Maybe the newest style is colored denim, and you want to give it a chance. Go for it! But perhaps you’re tempted to put your personal values aside to fit in. This is the kind of action I’m trying to avoid with my resolution! Here are a few areas that I’ll be focusing on:

  1. I will embrace my personal values and will not be afraid to tell the truth about how I feel. Competing in pageants, it can be easy to try and answer a question thrown at you by a judge with what you think THEY want to hear, not how YOU feel. The same thing happens in everyday life! This year, I will strive to be a first-rate version of myself by standing true to my values (in a polite fashion), even if I think the person I am speaking with isn’t on the same page.   

  2. I will focus less on my outer appearance, and more on my inner beauty. In order to be the best Sarah possible, I need to think about my actions rather than my appearance. When I’m constantly focused on having the best outfits or a new haircut, it’s usually because I’m trying to impress someone else. This year, I will strive to be a first-rate version of myself by striving to support others instead of impressing them.

  3. I will broaden my horizons by exploring new places and activities. Looking back at 2012, I can identify times when I turned down the chance to travel or try a new hobby because I was afraid of what others would think or afraid of leaving the normalcy of my life behind. This year, I’m hoping to take a chance and move to a new city. I also want to take some cooking courses or dance classes. It doesn’t matter if others think these ideas are crazy—I love them!

As 2013 begins, I encourage you to join me in focusing on making this year all about embracing who you are, and loving yourself! As cheesy as it may sound, we all have something unique to offer the world around us. Don’t get caught up in “keeping up” and lose sight of who you are as an individual. I can’t wait to look back on 2013 and see how much I’ve grown simply by staying true to myself.  




Thank you so much Sarah! We loved hearing your perspective. We also wanted to make sure we mention your 20 acts of kindness in honor of the child victims in Newton. You are such an inspiring person! 


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