Danielle Brooks Strikes A Body-Confident Pose In Crop Top, Says 2018 Resolution Is To Get Healthy For A Purpose
With January looming and 2018 officially around the corner, it’s time for many of us to figure out the ways in which we’ll take on the year ahead of us differently than we did 2017. For actress Danielle Brooks, this year’s tragedies, particularly the shootings and hurricanes that have taken place and torn apart communities, have put things into perspective for her. Simple resolutions like getting down to a certain size or making more money have become trivial. Now, whatever she puts into place for herself in the new year, she hopes that the greater result will be that those resolutions impact and help others.
In the January issue of InStyle, where Brooks was chosen as one of the magazine’s “Bada– Women” of the year, the 28-year-old strikes a serious and sexy pose in a Chromat crop top, high-rise tights and velvet combat boots, showing off her curves. And inside the pages, she spoke further on moving past the usual weight-loss goals and superficial resolutions, and is instead focusing more on seeking out and setting purposeful ones instead.
“When I talk to my friends or followers on Twitter about goals or what we all want to accomplish, it’s interesting how our ambitions seem to have shifted recently considering what’s happening in the world—between nearly 100 lives lost in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs and the hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico. It makes me think, ‘Well, damn, looking back, that materialistic dream was kind of not important,'” she wrote.
“To be honest, a lot of my goal setting when I was younger had to do with weight. I’d often resolve to get under 200 pounds or be out of the double-digit clothing sizes. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to realize that those superficial achievements aren’t what life is all about. Now it’s more like, ‘I want to be healthier and stronger.’ If I’m feeling powerful, who cares whether I’m a size 14 or 16?”
So this upcoming year’s goals are more about helping the people around her in the long-term and being her best self.
“I’ve also been thinking, ‘How can I make my 2018 about helping others and then see how it serves me instead of vice versa?'” she said. “Instead of saying, ‘I want to make more money,’ I can take it a step further and decide that I want to work extra-hard and fight for equal pay so that the next woman who comes up in this field can make what she deserves from the start. Or instead of saying, ‘I want to run a 5k,’ maybe it’s, ‘I’ll go run a 5k to raise money for women who are battling breast cancer.’
She’s also planning to take things slow and not get ahead of herself in terms of taking on too much at once, and to avoid comparing her path and success to those of others. It’s advice we could all use as we close out this year.
“I ran into the lovely actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson the other day, and she said to me, ‘Danielle, you’re beautifully doing you better than anyone else can.’ She reminded me that I can be inspired and motivated by whomever I so choose but that my life is uniquely and perfectly my own,” she said. “But that doesn’t mean I need to reach my dreams by myself. I think of my goals as newborn babies. I might need some friends and family to help me take care of them at first. (Though, just like with babies, if I bring too many people around, my dreams might get sick, infected by negativity.) So, when I put things out into the universe, I do it carefully and share them with those who encourage my aspirations—the ones who give me the boost I need.
Nourish my dreams as if they were hungry little babies, full of promise and possibility—now, that’s a resolution I can get behind all year long.”