2017 was the first year that I actually set resolutions and stuck to a few of them. I made a note on my iPhone and revisited it constantly in order to get more motivation. I slacked on the fitness schedule and the reading for pleasure goals that I set for myself; HOWEVER, last year I also set the goal of drinking more water and eating MORE vegetables and learning to cook with veggies and I KILLED it.
I learned so many vegetarian and vegan recipes that I incorporate into my weekly menu and genuinely love. I also carried a water container with me nearly every day and balanced by coffee intake with my water intake (drinking 1 cup coffee = have to drink 4 cups water). Both my gut health and skin health have changed drastically because of these two small changes.
This year I have more goals and resolutions that the last, but I am willing to stick to them after my mild success from last year.
Here is my list!
Spend time with friends and family – this goal is mainly set because I am getting into studying for exams and writing my dissertation. I tend to go full dark no stars in the most unsocial of ways, and I want to make sure that my loved ones do not feel neglected or like I am putting them really far down on my priority list. Quality time is one of my main love languages, and I want to focus on planning that quality time rather than waiting on it to happen.
- Take initiative to make phone calls and Marco Polo calls (new favorite video app)
- Make date nights 2x a month and take advantage of NEW places to eat
- More game nights with friends
- 30 minute walk with Ollie every day
Travel – travel is something that I LUST for but cannot afford. I have these dreams of going on 2 week escape trips to the Swiss Alps or the streets of India; however, those big beautiful places will have to wait. This year I’m focusing on continental travel and my main goals are to visit Chicago and Boston. I would like to also start planning a trip to Scotland for 2019. I’ll be pinning a bunch of ideas on my travel board on Pinterest.
Create 5 recipes – cooking has become my de-stresser activity. I love creating new flavors and experimenting, but I never write down any of my successful dishes and rarely remember how I made them. This year I want to focus on taking time to finely tune some of the recipes that I throw together often, but have yet to perfect. I would also LOVE to create the perfect martini for my household. Everyone has their own taste in what makes a good martini, and I want to make one that has a twist that is unique to me and my husband. Stay tuned!
Budget apps – I hate online banking. I despise it for no apparent reason and sometimes its embarassing to admit that I literally do not touch our finances if I do not have to. I like to think that I am a budgeter, but the gospel truth is that I simply spend what I have to and rarely splurge. That is NOT budgeting. I’m looking into apps that track your spending and also help you to save. Hopefully this helps me to begin taking care of my finances a little better. Have any suggestions? Leave a comment!
Volunteer – I have always had an excuse to not volunteer: I’m too busy. It turns out that several organizations, including ones at my own church, only need 2 hours per week and its very schedule oriented. This is time that I take to watch Netflix or literally do nothing at all. That changes this year. On December 23rd I sent an application into my local UN and I also have some plans to volunteer with cultural institutional promotions in Toronto too.
Take a self defence course – Do I even need to explain this one?
Decorate Bedroom – Right now my bedroom feels so old and drab. It is not cozy in the least bit. Rest is very important to me, but there are points where I feel stifled when I’m trying to relax in a space that seems impossible to relax in. I would love to rethink the aesthetic of the space and also try to keep it more clean throughout the week.
Instagram master – I truly admire anyone who has a clean and polished instagram feed. I love the idea of having a theme, but I never have enough patience to really work for it. This year I want to focus on creating a theme every season and sticking to it. I know that this takes time to create content and edit it and I am willing to do it for the gram.
Blogilates – This is a goal that is coming from my routine at the end of 2017. I started watching Cassey Ho on Youtube and I love her channel. Her workouts are simple and short, but I can easily stack them if I have a free 30 minutes. Her recipes are also very delicious and I love trying her easy lunch options! I normally do videos, but she also has a ton of blogilates graphics that are easy workouts too. My goal is to do her 28 day challenge in January and then workout for 30 minutes every other day with her videos and graphics. It is free and you can do it at home, so why not?!