New Years Resolutions...
I know it's been awhile! I decided to not take my computer to Europe, because one: I didn't want it to get stolen, and two: I didn't want to spend all my time there in front of a computer. Before I start posting all about my trip, I wanted to write about a few of my new years resolutions. I know, it's probably a little late to be writing about these, but I still wanted to share them more as a personal reminder for myself to look back on, and to maybe inspire or give some ideas for others as well.
Nils and I were on an eight hour train ride and decided to brainstorm a little. Here's what we came up with...
1. Go running AT LEAST once a month. I need to start incorporating cardio into my workout, but I despise running. Actually, I hate it. I know this goal doesn't sound that hard, but I have found the smaller the goals I set, the easier they are to achieve. Then I find myself later going above and beyond what I initially intended. Once I begin to achieve this one, then I can re-evaluate and set new ones. We don't need a new year to set new goals.
It's been less than a week since I returned from Europe and I have already been out running once. It was just two miles, but I did it. And you know what, IT WAS HARD! I struggled the whole way and wanted to stop every step I took. So, I have decided to just keep running two miles until it gets easy (even if I have to do this for a whole year)! Hopefully this will help me learn to like running more.
2. Workout twice a week in the morning. I am by no means a morning person. I like to take my dear sweet time in the mornings and get up as I please. However, as this spring semester approaches, I am going to have to start waking up earlier whether I want to or not. One of the reasons I have set this particular goal of working out in the morning, is because of last semester's habits I fell into.
Last semester, I worked out once MAYBE twice a week if I was lucky. As a result, I felt terrible, sleep deprived, and found myself with low energy and in grouchy moods. However, whenever I forced myself to go to the gym, I was a different person both physically and mentally in my personal and academic life. I am hoping that I can tie in both these resolutions- running and working out in the morning- to help improve both my mental and my physical health this semester.
3. Drink more water. I have probably set this goal more than twenty times in my life, but this time I am determined. I even bought a new $12 water bottle to help me with this. I don't know why, but I always get excited about new water bottles and it forces me to not only drink more, but remember to drink more water. Often times I will forget to keep drinking water throughout the day, which I am trying to work on.
4. Soda only on the weekends. Nils and I have been drinking WAYYYYY too much soda. It's so good, but so bad for us. So, we decided to try to limit ourselves to only drinking it on the weekend. Today I got a burrito and was walking over to grab a soda, and then I stopped myself because it's Monday. So, I've got four more days to go! Ugh. One thing I have found when I am craving soda, is a carbonated drink. So I have been drinking a LaCroix instead which complete satisfies the craving.
5. Wake up earlier. Hah. I know for a fact this one won't happen, but I still put it down because I want this to eventually become a goal of mine. Maybe even just if I wake up an hour early once a week or even once a month will suffice.
6. Surprise Nils with something once a month. Nils and I came up with this goal together on the train. We thought it would be nice for each of us to do something for the other person once in a while and out of the blue. Even if it's just giving the other person a massage, picking up a coffee or tea for the other, or taking them out to dinner... Actually neither of us have done something this month yet, so we'll see who does it first. Haha.
7. One to two blog post a week and connect/reach out. But only if I have the time! I'd like to put more time in the blog, but right now I need to prioritize my classes. However, if I do have the free time and am able to post twice a week, I am going to try. Also, I want to connect more with people in my area. I was invited to an event in San Francisco with some other local bloggers, but turned it down because I already had plans and was honestly kind of scared to go out of my comfort zone. This year, I hope to change this and maybe meet some people with similar interests and put myself out there.
8. Take a German class and maybe study abroad. I am thinking about taking a German class this semester and if it works out, I hope to start digging my foot into this language a little bit more. After visiting Berlin and connecting with both the country and the people, I want to explore and see if there would be a way for me to do a semester abroad (which is one of the things I've always wanted to do).
9. Make a budget for my money. After my trip to Europe, I need to start saving again. And this time around, I want to budget out my money, see where I am spending it, and give myself a plan.
Alright, I know! I look at this list and get overwhelmed a little, but I have found two things that have been so helpful. One, set some goals with someone else to keep each other accountable. This is what Nils and I have been doing and so far we have been really good. Two, I have found that setting multiple goals has shown better results than just one or two. This may seem weird, but it has one hundred percent been working for me. Before you start, you need to understand that you probably will not achieve all of these. BUT, that being said, each person will boil down their own list to achieve maybe just the one or two goals they've wanted to change for a while. For me at least, I find myself constantly thinking about them and changing my daily routine to meet them.
I hope this has or will help you form a few goals or approach your new years resolutions in a different way. Good luck and happy 2018!