Towards the end of last year I felt discouraged by the cold weather, dark nights, and well…my own general disinterest to work-out (or even get off the couch) during the Holiday season. Between busy schedules, friends gathering, work, traveling to see family…I realized that I was moving at 100 mph and forgetting my own ambitions, self-interests and how good it felt just to relax.
At the beginning of this year, I sat down and wrote out a few goals. I prefer the term “goals” instead of resolutions at the turn of the year because I believe in setting both short-term and long-term goals to better not only your ambitions, but provide yourself with the time and space to reach your goals.
In the most recent years, I have taken an interest in self-wellness, health, and creating a work/life balance. I have taught myself the ins and outs of everything from smoothie making, taught myself different homemade recipes, learned how to respect my skin and protect it from harmful chemicals in beauty products, and even tried to move-up my own bedtime to get some extra zzz’s. At the end of the day, I was still able to accomplish a whole day of work, feel that much better about it and wake-up the next morning feeling ready-to-go.
I mentioned it before, but my inspiration and intention moving into this new year is still: balance. I believe that if you keep balance in mind when goal-setting (especially when it comes to taking care of yourself) you have the opportunity to create a realistic, not idealistic set of goals. Goals that you can still reach for, but obtain with discipline without over-extending yourself.
Looking to set goals for yourself this year as well? Fantastic. The best part? This isn’t a “make-yourself-a-promise-on-Jan-1st” type of commitment that already came and went like a resolutions. With goal-setting…you can begin to redefine your future any day of the week.
Need a good place to get started? I grouped my goals into sections: Fitness and Well-Being, Education, My Blog, Work, and Other. Then, think of things you actually WANT to do. For instance, let’s say going to the gym 5 days a week may sound well, just really not pleasing to you. Maybe that’s not your personal fitness path! For instance, my goal by the end of the year is to be more active and specifically be able to run 3 miles (I am just not a runner…), 10 Pull Ups, 20 Pushups, etc… To achieve this, I do a variety of activities such as riding a bike outside, doing yoga, going to a barre class, working-out at home, and more. Successfully accomplishing goals doesn’t necessarily mean I am in the gym from 9-5, but it is a milestone on the way to accomplishing my overall goal of being more active in 2017.
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Another one: a plank-a-day! No matter if I’m at the gym or not, even before bed…I’ll make sure to squeeze a minute of time in for a plank. I find it randomly challenging and kind of entertaining. Alright, time to get your list started. Here’s a few more goal ideas:
- Read XX books in a year
- Put your phone away one hour before bed
- Learn 2 new recipes each month
- Wear your retainer more often…(you know who you are!)
- Call your parents/ grandparents more often
- Start your passion project
- Travel with a loved one for a long weekend
- Start a meditation practice and give yourself 10 minutes of you time
Comment and share a few of your goals below. How did you make them happen?
Thanks for reading and good luck. You can do it!
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