I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but it seems as though, the older I get, the more I like them. I think that, for me, they’re not just about the new year; they’re also about my next year, as my birthday is shortly after the 1st of the year. And now that I’ll be entering my thirties, it’s time to make some goals :)
So without censoring myself, here are my “New Year’s Resolutions”…
1.) Commit to yoga and meditation
I’m starting a yoga course 1 week from today, so I’ll sort of be forced to make yoga a priority. But I need to also make it a priority in my heart and soul, not just in time. I will be practicing 3-4 times per week for 90-120 minutes each session. Other days, I will be committing to practicing 20-30 on my own. Additionally, I also commit to meditating for 10 minutes each day. Meditation can mean so many different things, so I have a wide window of choices—sitting in stillness and silence, mantras and positive focus, listening to calming music with the focus on only 1 though, watching the sun rise or set, starring at the stars and Universe, etc.
2.) Prioritize and stick to boundaries
I tend to work way too many hours, and no matter how many times I tell myself that I am not overworking, I do. I need to work towards setting boundaries so that I can meet my own personal goals. I need to commit to working out in the mornings, otherwise, I get stuck at work and give up my own health goals.
3.) Chew less gum
Yes, this is a bad habit of mine. Truthfully, it’s more than a habit; it’s an addiction. I’m a super anxious person, so chewing on something helps me to “stay busy” even when I’m not doing anything. I also tend to suck in a lot of air when I’m not chewing gum—the opposite of what most people would think. So, without something in my mouth, I get more bloated and full of air. I need to find ways to work on this addiction.
4.) Cook and bake more
I need to do more of what I love—what makes me feel happiest in my skin. And for me, that’s cooking and baking. I’ve always loved being in the kitchen, ever since I was a tiny tot. I started really helping out around the age of 4; I grew up in the kitchen, mixing, concocting, creating, baking.
5.) Make friendships
This is hard one. In 2014, I move 1200 miles away from most of my friends and family. I’ve moved before—but this time, it feels even harder to make friends. I haven’t made a single friend in the 9 months that I’ve been living here. I’m not sure how to accomplish this goal, but I suppose I just need to be more open, more spontaneous, less fearful of what others are thinking of me.
6.) BLOG more!
I’ve struggled with this one for various reasons—not prioritizing at work, simply not making the time, being so rundown that I can’t focus long enough to contemplate a post. I also place heavy, high expectations on myself. If it isn’t perfect, why bother? And I do that with this blog, too. So then I end up going long stretches without a post because I feel like it just won’t be good enough. I need to write freely without the personal expectations. Let it flow and let it be.
7.) Speaking of which, I need to write more in general.
8.) Body acceptance
Of course I struggle, just like everyone else. But I need to let myself eat healthy, let my weight go where it will, and let go of the self-judgment, fear, anxiety.
9.) Stop comparing self to others
For some reason, I think I do this more now than I did even a year ago. Moving to Florida has somehow made me feel even more self-conscience. Maybe it’s my job, my loneliness, my lack of personal support/friends, the gym I go to. Whatever it is, I need to STOP. Some ideas for how to stop include: more positive thinking, having mantras, recognizing and redirecting thought patterns.
10.) LOVE MORE :) Myself, others, and the world around us!
So there’s my honest list. What are yours?