I am not one to usually set New Year’s resolutions or goals. But I realize without setting goals, you can’t really ever achieve anything. I guess I never set goals because I’m afraid of failing. So I’ve tried to pick just one thing year after year and unsuccessfully achieving because I didn’t set a goal.
Actually, there’s only been one New Year’s resolution/goal I’ve ever kept. I resolved that I would drink more water. I do drink more, and pee more. It’s convenient and shit when you’re in long-boring ass meetings and all you can think of is how bad you have to pee. But, it’s worth it because you’re not thirsty, yo.
I figured I’d write down a few goals. SMART goals, y’all. I never know what that stands for, but I know it helps you make goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Oh wait…D’oh.
I’m not sure if these goals fit in that sort of framework, but I will whittle them down later.
1. Write more blog posts. I love blogging, but I think I just don’t do it because I’m afraid that it won’t be good enough. I need to plop my butt down and write at least two post per week regardless of whether I think it’s “blogworthy”. This is lifestyle blog – I can write about anything really! So I came up with a few ideas, such as reinstating Music Monday. Maybe I’ll even through in a Wordless Wednesday since I love photography and not worry if it’s a great DSLR photo. Then, maybe a Fashion friday and display my creative wardrobe. The point is to write more blog posts and be FEARLESS.
2. Exercise more. Like 30 mins a day more. Not only are doctors beating down our doors to tell us how important it is to exercise, but the data is there to prove that 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day can really ward off disease. Plus, I suffer from anxiety and exercise boosts my mood and helps me sleep. Like a diabetic would take insulin, or a heart patient would take pills to lower their cholesterol, one with anxiety must exercise to combat depression.
3. Write, write, write. I started writing a novel for NANOWRIMO. It was kind of dumb about 2,000 words into it. I never really finished it because my poor kitty Zoe passed away on November 4th. I was heart broken and really upset. So, I’d like to take the time to really plot out a good story and blast out some words. I know I was able to write 2k, so I should be able to write more.
4. Be mindful. I need to really focus on what I’m doing in the moment. Choosing how to react, what to eat and how I feel is all controllable. It’s very difficult for me to remember that I can choose. I vow to use more meditation and yoga (on and off the mat) to prepare my mind. But, also find one time a day to change the way I look at something.
5. Develop a hobby that I love. I love photography. However, that has been sidelined by the fact that I’ve dropped my precious DSLR and it’s broken. I can’t afford another one right now. In August, I had bought materials to become a certified personal trainer. I read through the materials and took countless practice tests. It’s not easy stuff. I felt like I was studying to be a doctor. I quit, but with a little prodding from a friend, I think I may pursue group exercise instructor certification. It will allow me to enjoy fitness and use my creativity to help people. I love to help people feel good about themselves.
…and speaking of feeling good about themselves:
6. Effin’ love myself. I’m not anyone else. I’m me. I need to learn to love me. My strengths, my weaknesses and everything in between. I need to be nice to me. Can you help hold me accountable…if you see me throwing rocks at myself on the playground, make sure you stop me, mmkay?