I love the idea of NEW – new year, new month, new week, new day – the thought of a clean slate is just so inspiring! A lot of people have their New Year’s resolutions, goals, word of the year and such ready to go on the first of the year, but not me. Apart from the fact that December was just so busy I literally could not think, I really needed to spend some time contemplating the New Year and what was most important to me this year.
Instead of creating resolutions this year, I chose goals. Goals signify that they are a work in progress where as resolutions seem like rules to me. Goals can be achieved through a series of baby steps, can be measured, and can make a big impact. I created a simple graphic and made it my desktop wallpaper so I can be reminded of it each day when I log on to my laptop.
MY 2019 GOALS
Find the joy in every day – this has been my mantra for a few years and it really makes such a difference! Even in the most difficult situations, you can find joy and when you find it, things tend to get much easier to deal with.
Invest in myself – after spending the last 25 years focusing every last ounce of my energy on someone else (my then husband and my three kids), it is time I invest in myself. Investing in myself means buying myself flowers if I want to, getting my nails done, taking a class or getting more involved in my hobbies.
Hang out with friends – over the holidays I was lucky enough to really get some quality time in with friends – some of my regulars and some friends I just don’t see often enough. We all vowed to make the time to go to lunch, meet for golf, take a walk and have game nights more frequently this year. The company of others, the laughter and conversation that go along with it and the friendships are just so uplifting!
Buy less – when I downsized from a house to a small apartment, it was one of the most freeing things ever. I learned that I can live with less and actually enjoy it more. This year I would like to take that a step further and buy less – and use those extra funds for the next goal on my list – experience more.
Experience more – this year is going to be more about experiences and less about stuff. It goes along with some of my other goals like hanging out with friends and seeing the world, too.
Move daily – I would like to live a long time and would like to be able to travel, play golf and generally be active. I am convinced that the best way to ensure that is to just keep moving! So, whether I go for a walk, do a yoga class, or have a dance party in the living room with my girls, moving on a daily basis is important this year. My friends and I have found a fun way to keep ourselves accountable, too – we send each other silly Snapchats after each of our workouts. It keeps us laughing and on track!
Get out and see the world – I would really like to travel more this year, but also to explore the local area more. From attending local festivals, checking out a new restaurant in town to exploring some new walking/hiking spots, it is all about getting out and experiencing life more!
Limit sugar, grains and dairy – if I have learned one thing in the past few years, it is that the better I fuel my body, the better I feel. As much as I love sweets, pasta and cheese, they don’t really love me back. Rather than getting radical and banning these items from my diet, I want to be conscious of them and limit them instead, replacing them with healthier alternatives and more mindful meal planning.
What are your goals for this year? How can I help you work towards them?