So, I’ve never consciously made New Year’s Resolutions before. Every time the new year comes around, I see all the magazines giving “Resolution Tips” and people are all saying, “My resolution this year is to go to the gym more often!” I just never did it unless it was an assignment in middle school or something, and even then, I just wrote out something that I would have liked to accomplish but didn’t really make any effort to do something about it.
Ever since starting my monthly goals, however, I feel like this would be a good idea, especially to help myself out with my monthly goals for 2011. I like the idea of creating a list and working each month to accomplish it, instead of taking a huge goal and and just trying to get it done by the end of the year. I don’t know if that makes much sense to anyone else, but to me it makes all the difference by imagining a few goals helping out my resolutions each month to one big goal being accomplished over a year.
So with that in mind, here are my resolutions. Some of them may not be accomplished, some may be really easy, and others may be a constant struggle but will make me feel really good when I accomplish them. Some may even be ongoing goals that aren’t intended to be completed, but met every day.
- Eat paleo. Yup, this year I’m going to make a pretty big - and yet not that big - lifestyle change. This isn’t a diet that I’m going on for the next 3 months, and it’s not even a weight loss endeavor. This is something I’ve spent a few months thinking about and researching and really wanting to do, and finally I’ve gotten the guts to just go for it (plus Christmas is over and all of those delicious cookies are no longer being baked!). For anyone who doesn’t know what paleo eating is, I discovered it through Christina who has a really handy section in her blog linking you to all the websites she has as paleo eating resources. It sounds like a really healthy yet satisfying way to eat, and the only foods that it cuts out that I’m kind of (okay, really) sad about is bread, but I’ve seen so many delicious pictures of paleo meals and, well, I like a challenge when it comes to cooking, that I’m convinced enough to give up the bread and find some interesting paleo alternatives.
As far as this goes as a resolution, I know I will cheat sometimes. I won’t cheat too much, though. I don’t want this to become, “I’m going to eat paleo
when it suits me!” If I slip up, I’ll just acknowledge it and then revert back to paleo eating. Simple as that. I don’t want to set myself up for failure by being too strict with myself, but I also don’t want to relax too much and think, “Well if this is okay, then maybe this can be too…”
- Lose 20 lbs. This is completely possible. I’m currently somewhere between 140 and 145 (haven’t weighed myself recently enough to know more than that). If I lost 2 lbs a month, that’s 20 lbs in 10 months. Not ideal, but that’s allowing myself some bad weeks. If I lose 20 lbs, I’ll be somewhere between 120 and 125, a perfectly healthy weight for someone my height (5’5” - 5’6”).
- Answer the phone. I miss so many calls. I mean, I miss a lot of phone calls. I want to start answering the phone more often. This may seem silly, but if you’ve ever tried to get ahold of me, you know I need to answer the phone more often.
- Take care of my skin. I was doing so well with this earlier this year. I had a really good routine and I stuck to it. Then I started getting lazy and before I knew it, I’d completely abandoned it. No more slip-ups, I will keep to my routine. This includes putting on sunscreen. Every morning. No matter what.
- Read more books. I barely read any new books this past year. I used to be an avid reader, but since I started college, I’ve allowed myself to become so stressed over schoolwork that I can’t even enjoy a book while I’m taking classes. While on break, I’ve read multiple new books and I’ve loved it. I want to allow myself to take a breath every night and read for 30 minutes at least, no matter how stressed I am about school.
- Get my driver’s license. Yeah, I’m 20 years old and I don’t have a license. This is pretty crazy for anyone who lives in the States, most people here have their license by the time they’re 16. There’s a story behind it, but I can’t be bothered to get into it. Long story short, I’m getting my license. Hopefully in a few months, but at least by the end of this year.
- Stick to my study schedules. When I study, I do well. Therefore, I should stick to my study schedules that I write out for myself when I’m sane, that way when I’m going insane, my stupid excuses like, “Watching this drama for the next 3 hours will help me focus when I start to study!” No, it won’t.
- Inquire more. I have a few things in my life that could do with some clearing up, but I always put it off. I need to start asking questions when I have them instead of just thinking, “I’ll figure it out another time on my own…” More often than not, I’m telling someone who can help me that “It’s okay” when it’s actually their job to fill in the blanks for me. Accept that help.
I think that should do it. I may add more, but I probably won’t because I don’t want to overwhelm myself as I know it’s very easy to do with New Year’s Resolutions. Some of my monthly goals may be similar or identical to these resolutions, and some of these resolutions may never show up on my monthly goals but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying to accomplish them anyway!