Does it feel like 2015? I can’t get over how fast the time passes the older and busier I get. I’m sure I feel this way every year, but it’s just not something I am ready to accept! It scares me really, but I like to think of that fear as fuel.
I’m starting off the year with a cold. I was so excited for the new year and now this head cold is sucking the motivation out of me. Never fear, I’m stocked up on meds and tissues, so I am pushing through. I really do feel good about this year’s open floor plan and I can’t wait to turn it into something great. I have my husband, our home, our fur babies, a huge and supportive family, and me!
This year I want to put more emphasis on me. Not in a selfish, I-don’t-care-about-anyone-else sort of way, but a need-to-fix-and-make-me-the-best-I-can-be way! I’m turning 28 in less than two weeks and I am not waiting around until I’m 30 to jump on the bandwagon of change. If it sounds cliché that I am putting these resolutions out there now, I’m sorry, but I’m actually not sorry. People find motivations in all different places and if this January start is where my inspiration lies, then so be it! I’m working on a solid approach with a follow through plan to help these stick because this year, it’s about the why not the what.
Be more mindful and present
I’m a very reflective person. I spend a lot of time thinking about the past or what others are going through. This isn’t all bad because I have learned many lessons this way from past mistakes or positive changes and my concern for others helps me grow my relationships and understanding of others in general. In addition to the past, I also tend to look forward to upcoming happenings, which can be nice because it’s good to be excited about what you’re working towards or what’s going to bring a smile to your face. As the years go by, I have stopped countdowns for major events and this became especially last year with the house and wedding because I know the time is going to pass faster than it should anyway, but I still let my mind wander forward to those events from time to time. I’m a big day dreamer and always have been.
The downside to my past and future fixations is sometimes I forget about the here and now. I want and plan to soak up more of the day to day joys. I remember as a kid, stopping to stare at a sunset on vacation, and hoping if I looked just long enough, I’d be able to come back to those moments like a catalog in my brain. I want to add more of those moments to my catalog because these day to day, minute to minute occurrences are just as important as the big things. We just need to pay a bit more attention.
Improve my health
It is so easy to let our health fall (or get pushed) off the radar. I will strive to lose some weight to get more energy, confidence, and boost my overall mood. To do this, I have some sub-goals to reach the big goal:
- 21-Day Sugar Detox: I’m going to ease into healthier eating over the next couple of weeks, then begin the 21-Day Sugar Detox after my birthday. It’s no secret I have a major sweet tooth, so I want to kick start things by getting that issue under control. I ordered the book off Amazon and it will be here Monday, so I will do some major planning then. If you are interested in doing this with me, let me know! (It would help keep things even more accountable.) After the detox is over, I will be cutting back on alcoholic beverages (there will be zero consumed on the detox), working on eliminating refined sugars and incorporating them in my recipes instead, and following the 80/20 rule to keep me on track without having a small slip up derail my efforts.
- Get back in shape: There was a time where I got into running, participated in some 5k’s and 5-milers and really felt good about myself and my achievements. I’d like to bring those feelings back by getting back to running, beginning with 3 workouts per week. I also really want to try yoga to improve my flexibility and use it to assist my first resolution of mindfulness and being present more.
- Meal planning: I partially do this now to make things a bit easier, but there are some weeks where I have no plan for meals and then we tend to order out or go out. To improve this in our home and to help me reach my goals, I will work out a system that works for me to pack daily lunches for work, without scrambling before I run out the door. I also want to have at least 4 dinners at home decided before Monday each week. This will have to be flexible, with our ever changing evening schedules, but I’m hopeful we will manage well once a system is in place.
I just started out in the blogging world about two months ago and I’m still every excited about my little corner of the internet. That being said, there is a lot of improvement to be made here and I’m ready for the work ahead.
- Create a schedule and post consistently: I am learning to juggle working full time and having a social life while blogging. Since this is something I chose to do because I love the creative outlet and connecting with readers like you, I plan to carve out some designated time to write and engage each week to achieve a balanced lifestyle. I would like to get myself on a schedule where I post three times each week as well.
- Become part of the community: I am happily overwhelmed with the community bloggers live and work in. It’s so wonderful seeing relationships between people from all over the world with common interests and goals. I would really like to immerse myself more in this community and open myself up to making new connections.
- Improve photography: I have become interested in pursuing photography as a hobby and enhancing the images for my posts in the process. A picture tells a story on its own and I want mine to really speak to you throughout my posts. I put a lot of effort into my recipes and having photos that match that effort would give me an especially warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
Budgeting is something that I adjust every year, as spending requirements never tend to stay the same. We have our old home to fix and rent out and are currently covering both mortgages in the process, so there is definitely always room for improvement. Adrian and I will sit to down discuss our budget as a newly married couple and I will reevaluate my personal spending to allow for extra savings to purchase things on my wish list and rainy days.
This one I am excited for! We put any home changes on hold because of the wedding and then the holidays, so now I am ready to get into things! I plan to start working on each room of the house, one by one, until our lovely house is truly our home! I also want to establish a cleaning schedule, so there are no more big cleans necessary when we are having company over. Plus, a clean space is so nice to come home to and really takes the unnecessary stress out of daily life.
A happy marriage doesn’t just happen on its own. It’s something that always requires effort from both individuals in order to really succeed. We signed up for this, so it isn’t really a chore, but still falls into an ongoing resolution for me. Adrian and I plan to:
- Establish date nights: Adrian is incredibly ambitious and it’s something I always loved about him, but between his ongoing projects and goals and my own, we sometimes forget to make time for each other. A date night will allow for serious quality time and a break from our current gigs to enjoy one another. It might not happen each week, but the goal is at least twice a month.
- Communicate: Everyone has heard that communication is key in a relationship and I couldn’t agree more. This is another one for us that can always improve in some small way, so I will be working on this year round as well.
Phew. I seriously feel better, even with this awful cold, just by writing all of this out. I hope this will motivate you to consider your own goals, if you haven’t already. It will take work, but everything worth having does!
What are your 2015 resolutions? Do you have any tips for achieving your goals?