2018 Resolutions - Better Late than Never
Well, It's the beginning of the year, once again! Hoorah! Time for self reflection and setting goals. I personally love taking time to self reflect and realign my goals every couple of months, so New Years resolutions are especially fun for me! For the past two years, my fiance Taylor and I have spent New Years eve brainstorming resolutions for the new year, it's a fun little tradition that we've started and I hope it continues for a very long time.
Our resolutions are generally simple, and easy to achieve, like reading a certain number of books, or consist of things we are already planning on doing, for instance, we are planning on moving out of state in 2018, so we included that on our resolution. Not really anything revolutionary, but it's fun to talk together and discus some shared goals with each other.
Aside from New Years Resolutions, I like to make monthly resolutions, or simply, monthly goals. I find that making, and changing some personal goals each month, allows me to reflect on the past month, and improve on the aspects of my goals that I'm missing out on. For instance, with the holidays finally (yes, finally) being over, I'm feeling bloated, and overall pretty unhealthy, so now would be a good time to reflect on my current diet, and make some changes.
I think New Years Resolutions, can be (literally) life changing if you are able to stay motived on your goal. But for a lot of people, staying motivated and keeping up with New Years Resolutions in 90% of the challenge. I get it. That's why I started doing monthly goals instead. I think a lot of people feel this way, and I think that's why so many people hate making resolutions. I get it, I really do. That's why I recommend making monthly goals instead. It allows you to change your goals if you're having trouble sticking with it, and it gives you a chance to revamp your resolution inspiration every single month. Most importantly, setting monthly goals allows you to take responsibility for your progress (or lack of).
Start with simple goals, and realistic goals. When setting goals, I like to ask myself "will this make me better?", "will this make me happier?" and "why do I want to achieve this goal?" I find that this really sorts out the superficial goals, and focuses on actually improving your wellbeing.
To help you get an idea of how easy it can be to set monthly goals, I've decided to set new monthly goals here on the blog. And if I manage to inspire someone else along the way, then that's worth it all!
Less Needless Social Media
Will this make me better? - I do think managing my time on social media, and being able to realize when to stop scrolling will make me better.
Will this make me happier? - You know, I think so. I think less time on social media, in general, has the power to improve happiness.
Why do I want to achieve this goal? - I think that if I achieve this goal, i'll have more time to get other things done, and will ultimately up my productivity significantly.
I really really love the internet, I have almost every form of social media and I try to be active on all of them. And since I'm trying to create a presence online, I sort of have to be active on social media, like all the time. Social media is addictive, for real. Social Media is amazing, and has allowed me to meet some amazing people, and grow as individual. Although, once the social part of social media is gone and you're just aimlessly refreshing your Instagram feed because you're procrastinating real life problems, you gotta take a step back and ask yourself “is this really how I want to be spending my time?”. More than often, I use social media as a way to waste time when I should be doing something else, sooo...
More Whole Foods
Will this make me better? - Abso-freaking-lutely! Like, how could it not, literally no con to this goal.
Will this make me happier? - All the food science in the world points to yes, so yeah. Let's do it!
Why do I want to achieve this goal? - I've always been passionate about nutrition, and I just need to hop back on track. Heart disease and thyroid issues run in my family, and I'm here for the long run. Not here to be another heart disease statistic.
I feel like this one is pretty self explanatory, I want to eat healthier. More specifically, eat more whole foods, such as leafy greens, whole grains, and fruits. I've been a vegetarian, for over 5 years now, and I eat more veggies than my fiance, but I wouldn’t say that 2017 was a particularly good year for my Health. I ate a lot of bad foods (like whole bags, yes bags, of hot Cheetos) and overall drank a lot of alcohol. I had a lot of stomach problems last year, which makes sense, I wasn't exactly listening to what my body was asking (begging) for, and in return I was sick, a lot. Both mentally and physically. My goal is to be more conscious about what I'm putting into my body. After all, food is fuel for the body, and I'm gonna need all the energy I can get for this busy year ahead!
Will this make me better? - I really think so, I've always felt that my impatience was only hindering my ability to live in the moment
Will this make me happier? - You know, it might not make me happier, per se. But I do think it'll allow me to deal with life when it doesn't move as fast as I would like it to. I think It'll allow me to stick with goals and tasks, even if I'm not seeing results right away
Why do I want to achieve this goal? - I can be pretty snappy when dealing with things that frustrate me, and that can affect the people around me. Sometimes when I'm irritated, I'll lash out at people I care about, and obviously, that's gotta change.
I'm the type of person, who likes to see results right away. I, for the most part, want things done as soon as I ask for them. I am learning now, though, that some things simply take time. I'm also learning that not every process needs to be rushed through. I used to be the type of person who woke up 20 minutes before school or work, and often ran out the door, a complete mess, feeling frantic and grumpy because I didn't allow myself enough time to eat breakfast. This is the tone of how i started all of my days, it was exhausting. I've recently started waking up 2 hours before work and allowing myself to really enjoy my morning tea, making complete breakfasts, and sometimes even taking the time to read before work. I guess as much as I need to practice patience, I need to work on slowing down a bit, and being (and living) in the moment. Constantly living in the moment, seems like too big of a resolution for right now, and remember, we're taking baby steps here. So, I'll start with Patience, patience with others, and patience with myself. Patience with life, and letting moments unfold naturally. I think this goal will be my hardest one, but hey, I'm up for the challenge!
Well, those are my Goals for this month. Into the following months, I hope to expand on these goals and likely create new ones. Now it's your turn! What about you? Do you have any Goals or Resolutions going into the new year? If you do, how do you stick with your goals? Let me know in the comments below, and let's get connected!