“Happy 2014! WHAT IS YOUR RESOLUTION FOR THE NEW YEAR???”
It’s as bad as “Happy Thanksgiving! NOW LIST ALL THE THINGS YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR!”
So much stress. I’m always afraid I’ll give the wrong answer. Which is stupid, because obviously there is no wrong answer…right?
But just like I feel obligated to come up with a list of all the amazing things I’m thankful for (and ultimately, it’s always a good journaling exercise that makes me cry and actually thankful), I always feel obligated to make resolutions that inevitably I *will* fail at. Like, I definitely did not work out three times a week for 52 weeks in 2013. FAIL.
But here’s where I’ve realized I fail: I make year-long, excessive resolutions with no motivations, inspirations, or incentives. And “Be Healthy” isn’t a resolution, it’s a lifestyle change. You can work towards being as healthy as possible, but sometimes you’re going to eat that not-so-but-kind-of-don’t-judge-me delicious $2 biscuit & gravy plate at Denny’s at 1am. And you can’t hate yourself because of it. “Be Healthy” is always the plan, and it just doesn’t work as fuel for my resolutions anymore.
So here’s my vague resolution for 2014: To Feel Good.
Let’s break this down…what makes me feel good?
-Eating fruits & veggies
-Cooking & eating good food
-Clothes that fit
-Getting 7-8 hrs of sleep
-Waking up before 11am
-Family & friends & love
-Projects & organization
-Not being stressed about money
-Clean room & living spaces
-Good time management & preparedness
-Feeling 100% inside and out (no colds, zits, etc.)
-Not waking up hungover as F&#$
-YouTube videos of babies and animals and baby animals
How can I achieve “To Feel Good”? Well, I’ve realized I can’t make a specific resolution for an entire year and expect to stick to it. For example, there are weeks that I am just not going to be able to work out. It happens. I shouldn’t completely fail because I didn’t foresee a stressful tech week in November (see what I did there?).
But I can foresee that the month of January isn’t looking so terrible. Right now, I just have Les Miz, a concert, maybe an audition, and a few shifts at the pizza place. That’s plenty of time to get things done.
So here’s the plan for 2014: to revisit my “To Feel Good” resolution at the beginning of each month, determine what I am capable of & what I need To Feel Good, and make a new list of goals. Resolutions. Whatever.
So HERE WE GO!
January 2014 Goals
-Eat more fruits & veggies, and drink 64oz of water a day
-Try one new recipe a week
-Do Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred everyday
-Fix my sleep schedule! (Aiming for 1:30am bedtime, 9:30am wake-up by the end of the month…currently at 3-4am bedtime, 11-12pm wake-up)
-Organization Goal of the Month: Bathroom
-Make my bed every morning, and hang up/put away my clothes every night
-Learn more about skincare
-More tea, less alcohol
-Make and USE my new planner to schedule, budget, organize receipts, meal plan track food & exercise, and note-take
See? Tangible goals. I’m not even making blog goals this month, although I anticipate you’ll be seeing a little more of me on here these coming weeks. Especially with the work I’m doing on the planner. I am just so excited. I went to Staples.
So that’s my bit of 2014 resolution advice from me to you. Break it down month by month and focus on the NOW. If you need, do it weekly instead of monthly. Journal it out. Post it on your wall. Write it in your planner. Whatever you need to do to make positive changes, because that’s what a new year is for, right? #getit
P.S. I do have TWO traditional full-year 2014 resolutions:
1) Save.my.receipts so I stop kicking myself every tax season
2) Find a guy that can put up with my crazy because my stuffed bear just doesn’t cut it for cuddling and conversation. Taking resumes via email or in person.