Happy New Year everyone — wow its 2018! I absolutely loved 2017, maybe a little too much. At the end of the year I noticed my weight crept up outside the range of my comfort. I also realized that my nightly wine habit that originally was fun, didn’t feel fun anymore. It felt like well, more of a habit than a special treat. The New Year is a great time to make healthy changes and so I’m excited for this month.
My primary goal is to be healthier overall in 2018 — There are five pillars I’m working on: physical, mental, emotional, financial, and spiritual. Sometimes its nice to write things down for accountability sake – so here it goes. I would love to hear your goals for the new year as well!
2018 Goals for Balance, Health and Being Present
As someone who prides herself on eating well, working out and generally being healthy, at the end of 2017 I felt anything but healthy. (Where is the hand on the face emoji when you need it?) Not only did I have a nasty sinus infection most of December, I also was 5 pounds heavier, and was drinking and eating far more than normal. So here are the things I’m doing to get physically healthier in 2018.
–Dry January — research shows that doing a dry January is a great way to not only improve the health of your liver, but also to reset drinking habits and lose weight! I’m not proud of the fact that my wine drinking was nearly nightly and more than one glass at that. To help me succeed with Dry January – I downloaded an app — aptly called “Dry January“. You plug in details like the amount you drink on average, and it calculates the cost and calories. Every day you abstain it provides a running total of the money and calories saved. Its motivating and slightly alarming (which is the point right!?). I also joined an app called MyFitnessPal which has community challenges. I joined a Dry January challenge for extra support. Finally, I stocked up on lots of sparkling water and teas.
–Aaptiv — I can’t recommend this app enough. I’ve been using it for about a year and a half or more. The app has every category of fitness types (treadmill, Elliptical, Strength, Yoga etc.) and they have audio workouts for every level of fitness. There are many trainers and I use this app nearly daily. Its like having my own personal trainer. I’m pretty self-motivated when it comes to working out, but with the trainer in my ear telling me to go faster, or one more rep, I simply do more, with increased intensity. It’s awesome. This year I am working out even more to get in better shape and to lose the 2017 indulgence weight.
Hiking — I want to do a LOT more hiking in 2018. There is so much to see out there — even right out my front door.
I spend a lot of time doing mindless activities like scrolling through my phone, getting trapped in rabbit holes of nothingness. I’m sure I’m not alone. I don’t want to waste so much precious time! This year my goal is to spend more time doing things that contribute to my life and the lives of my family and others. When I started this blog last April, I spent a ton of time learning so much about blogging, content creation and other programs. I loved it! This year I want to do more to learn about how to grow my blog. I also want to learn Spanish! Its been something that I’ve always wanted to do and we’re going to Mexico for spring break.
As someone who has dealt with really crippling periods of anxiety, I know how important emotional health is. When your brain is healthy, everything is so much better. In 2017, I read a few books that were really life-changing. If you have anxiety I can’t recommend these enough. The first one is by Paul David its called At Last A Life – This book changed my entire perspective on anxiety. Instead of worrying about the content of my thoughts, he talks about how anxious thoughts are the byproduct of a worn out mind and body. As I applied the principals, I noticed my anxiety getting less and less. The second book(s) are those by Eckhart Tolle. Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now is a book that I return to now and again to soak up the amazing concept of being totally present. Living in the present is truly an anecdote for anxiety. This new year, I want to be mindful, present and focused on today!
Some of my most popular posts are on my journey with 333 — read the post here. Last summer, frustrated with the clutter and the continual want for MORE I took the 333 challenge and emptied my closet, with the exception of 33 items to be worn over a 3 month period. Fast forward 6 months and I’ve learned a lot about myself. The 333 challenge was hard for me this fall. In San Diego where I live its about 70-75 degrees all fall. This fall I went to London, DC, Costa Rica, Portland Oregon, and Mendocino. The temp changes ranged 50 degrees in some places! I found it incredibly challenging to stick with my clothing choices, and I ended up needing to buy new things, dig through storage boxes. So it didn’t work as well.
Additionally, my husband and I made the huge mistake of going back to buying toys for our kids for Christmas instead of doing an event, or experience like we did last year with Disneyland passes. WE REGRET IT! This year, I want to be mindful of finances. Stick to Project 333, and fill my life with experiences instead of things. I also want to put a LOT more in our retirement account, and be generous with our giving to others in need.
In 2016 I really grappled with my faith. I found myself questioning how I grew up and what I believe. I struggled, wrestled, cried, mourned and slowly untangled myself from a really unhealthy view of God and the perfectionist life I was trying to lead. In 2017, I stopped reading my bible regularly, mostly because it had become such a guilt thing for me. This year, I hope to really renew, refocus, and release my fears, and all the unknowns to God. I’d like to find a church to make our home church (but we’ll see).
Well, that about sums up a lot of what I want to focus on this year. I know its not about being perfect, I know I’ll fall down on a lot of these, blow it and have to get back up again, but its about the journey and being present through all the ups and downs.
What are your goals for the New Year?