In a fashion that can only be described as “true to form,” I am obscenely late in posting my New Year’s Resolution blog. (And, therefore, woefully fudging one of my resolutions already.)
But, I’m still a huge believer in the tradition and cannot let a January pass without setting incredibly lofty goals for myself. Before I jump into what I’m planning for 2018, though, let’s take a look at how I fared with my 2017 resolutions.
- Better myself financially. I did manage to reduce my credit card utilization and keep it below 30 percent for about 6 months, and in so doing raised my credit score about a hundred points. However, I’m still working toward my savings goal of three months’ salary. (Though I have managed to not tap into my savings at all, even for a new pair of shoes.)
- Better myself intellectually. Umm. Let’s say 50/50 on this one. I fell out of my Duolingo training regimen after about two weeks (again and again), but I did read a lot more this year. I joined Book of the Month, and have read at least one book a month (usually two) for the last year.
- Better myself nutritionally. Ooof. Whole 30 is hard, y’all. While I did manage to maintain a pretty Paleo diet in 2017, I stayed at my two-year plateau because of the small indulgences I give myself.
- Better myself friendshipally. This one, I did do pretty well on, though I didn’t use Meetup as I’d planned. In 2017, I managed to make some great new friends and rid myself of some pretty toxic relationships. Getting rid of toxic people is always a huge win.
- Better myself fitnessally. I joined Equinox last January and that really helped me establish a routine. That routine helped me lower my blood pressure by 20 points and my resting heart rate by 10. I had to cancel my membership when my job situation changed and, admittedly, I’ve had trouble with routine since.
Overall, I’d give myself a 50 percent on achieving last year’s resolutions. An F. I don’t do F’s. This year, let’s set me up to succeed, shall we?
2018 New Year’s Resolutions
- Take a health journey. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve decided to do another triathlon. I’ve signed up for a sprint triathlon (this means it’s a short triathlon – swim 300 m, bike 12.5 miles, run 3 miles) at the end of March. Training for this triathlon is the beginning of my Journey to Health, and only one component of it. I’ll also be focusing on feeding my body better, and continuing my training after race day. I’m hoping I’ll be able to do another triathlon towards the end of the year. While I’m hoping to lose weight this year, my biggest goal is improving my health. Follow my fitness journey on Instagram.
- Write more. Writing is my absolute passion, but, unfortunately, when it’s what I do day in and day out at work, I tend to get a little burned out and don’t want to write when I get home. Now, though, I’m in a wonderful new job that isn’t writing-heavy, and I’m hoping to write for myself more. Yes, this is supposed to include being better about blogging, but as I mentioned, I’m not exactly off to a banner start in that regard.
- Step back. I have a terrible tendency to not see the forest through the trees. When projects, deadlines, errands and chores start piling up, I easily get overwhelmed. But, when I take a step back, make a list, put things on my calendar and get some “me time,” I realize everything is do-able. This year, I’m resolving to try and not get bogged down, and to remember to meditate and treat myself to massages, pedicures and facials. (This is definitely a resolution that should be easy to achieve!)
I’m hoping that my second resolution will help me be better about documenting my progress on here, but, if not, we’ll see how they went next year.
What about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions?