I am the worst with New Year’s resolutions. I rarely keep them and usually forget about them after a few weeks. I’m not interested in setting unrealistic objectives. I’m someone who loves control and when that is not an option, I’ll often go into a crazy mindset hoping that I can prepare for what’s ahead. I waste so much time and energy on thinking about what might happen(end result) that I can’t enjoy the process. This year, I decided that I really want to focus on not just temporary goals but focus on larger goals for how I live my life. Some of these may seem cliche but they are truly what I need to focus on.
- Drink more water– Drinking more water is obviously good for you.When you are hydrated, you’re helping your body function better, you have more energy, better moods, and better skin. Even though I have always known of the benefits, it is a chore for me to drink water. I can go all day without drinking anything and not be thirsty. Towards the end of the year, I was hit with a month of sickness and it kick started my new water drinking habit. I found that if I set a goal for how much I wanted to drink that day, it helped me to be able to do it. I also started making a water bottle an accessory so that when I see it, I have a visual reminder that I need to take a drink.
- Exercise 3 times a week- For the first half of 2016 I was in a fitness rut. Towards the summer, I started at The Dailey Method which is an hour barre based class featuring pilates, ballet, and yoga. Besides the intense workout, the instructors are so knowledgeable and energetic so it makes it fun to be there. They realign your body during the workouts so that you do not get injured. The core alignment is the hardest for me but I notice so much of a difference. This next year, I plan to continue going at least 3 times a week.
- Take a long vacation- So since I’m a teacher people assume that I get these long summer vacations. For some teachers that is true but I usually end up working just as much or more in the summer. My first three years of teaching I was working more than during the year. Then the last two years I took grad school classes and coached swim team. This year I plan to take advantage of having the summer off of teaching and with graduating from grad school in May, I plan to take a long vacation. It will be my first summer since I entered the job world that I will have done that.
- Learn to say “No”- For me, saying no is very difficult. I think one of the reason is that I don’t want to hurt feelings by closing the door or I say yes to too many things out of guilt. This year I want to simplify my commitments,and set boundaries and stick to them.
So there you have it, my 4 resolutions that I am going to focus on in the coming year! I will be referencing back to these in posts from from time to time so that I can keep myself in check!