Sleepshirt: Victoria’s Secret (Similar here) | Blanket: Gift from last year (Similar here) | Mug: Threshold from Target (from a few years ago) | Book: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? | iPad: iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi 64GB (purchased in 2014) | iPad case: Kate Spade Class Nylon Stripe iPad mini Folio Case | Pillow: Target (clearance section, last year) | Couch: Nebraska Furniture Mart
I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions. I feel that – by setting them – you’re setting yourself up for failure. Instead, I try to always better myself. Or, I should say, to be the best version of myself. Sometimes I succeed, and quite often I fail, but I make it a point to try to do my best every day. Self improvement is a never-ending process; one that I don’t believe starts and ends with the changing of a calendar year.
But, I have also been known to say “I’ll be a better human in January” when life seems to – metaphorically, at least – start over. So in an effort to find a happy medium, here are 10 goals I’d like to achieve in the next 12 months or so.
Bonus: My horoscope this week is the following. Clearly, my stars are aligning!
Dec 11, 2017 – Dec 17, 2017 – There’s a lot of activity in your goal sector that can indicate a time of goal setting, whether it’s related to your career or a personal ambition. With Mercury presently retrograde, hold off signing contracts or committing to major deals if possible. If you can’t, you could find that changes occur that alter the original terms and conditions considerably. There are times, though, when this can work in your favor. Sunday’s new moon could inspire you to take the first step toward a personal ambition.
- Read more. Ideally, I’d like to read at least 1 book/month, and I’d like the genres to vary (self help, fiction, business, history, memoir, you name it). I love to read, but it’s something I don’t prioritize or make time for now, and I’d like that to change in the new year. Send me your book recommendations! (P.S. I use the Kindle app to read on my iPad mini.) Right now, I’m reading this (easy read, interesting so far, just got to the good part where Bernadette disappears). This is next in the lineup!
- Find and commit to a weekday morning routine. Lately, my mornings have been all over the place. Some mornings, I’m up and at it early and in the office by 7:30. Other days, I literally don’t get out of bed until 8 o’ clock and have to race out the door and pray that traffic isn’t too bad. I need to find that perfect wake up time that allows me to start my day in a way that prepares and equips me to be my best. Ideally, my mornings would allow enough time for yoga/stretching, some reading/writing/reflection, coffee/breakfast, my everyday makeup look, and a quiet half hour or so at the office before my coworkers arrive and my phone starts ringing. It will be a work in progress to find what’s best for me.
- Find and commit to a weeknight nighttime routine. On the same note, waking up earlier to make the most of my mornings starts with getting the best night of sleep that I can. I’ve always needed a lot of sleep (thanks, thyroid!), and that’s something I’ve carried with me into adulthood. Ideally, my nighttime routine will involve skincare/hygiene, reading in bed for 20 minutes or so, and lights out at a decent time between 10:30 and 11:00. But, that involves being home more (let’s face it: I have a lot of weeknight commitments and activities), eating dinner at a certain time, making the most of the nights I am home, etc. After all, I need my beauty rest!
- Stick to an exercise schedule/routine. Since injuring my foot, exercising has really been put on hold. Luckily, I was able to freeze my OrangeTheory membership so that I wasn’t wasting money. Now that I’ve been cleared to carefully resume normal activities by my doctor (YAY! Goodbye, clunky boot!), I’m ready to get back into my normal routine come the new year. I know myself, and with a busy calendar and one more trip planned before New Year’s, the first of the year is a doable, feasible date for me to get back into the swing of things. Plus, it lines up well with my billing cycle at OrangeTheory and how their freezing policy works. Ideally, I’d like to go to OrangeTheory classes twice per week in the evenings and incorporate some kind of yoga (whether at home, at a studio, or a combination of both) in my almost-daily routine. Do you have any recommendations for yoga studios in Dallas, Addison, or Plano? I’d love to know!
- Go grocery shopping once/week. Y’all, I know. Isn’t this adulthood 101? Because I’ve been traveling so much and because of my aforementioned evening commitments, I haven’t been buying groceries regularly because I won’t be home to cook and eat the food. But, that’s led to eating out a lot (aka spending more money on food that isn’t great for me) and allowing myself to be lax about what I eat and when I eat it. Although Sundays are always crazy busy at the grocery store, right after improv practice or Sunday nights is the best time for me to go, so I need to go, with a list in hand, and with a plan for the week. Every week.
- Call my grandparents once/week. I’d love to make calling my grandparents a part of my weekly routine (probably on Saturdays/Sundays as I’m out running errands). We don’t see each other more than once or twice per year. I’m getting older. They’re getting older. Enough said.
- Reach out to/stay in touch with friends. I have the best friends ever, but most of them are spread out all over the country. Sure, texting and social media makes keeping up with each other easier, but I want to make an effort to reach out to friends on more occasions than their birthdays and when a fun memory pops up on Timehop and to have more meaningful conversations rather than exchanged “I miss you”s and small talk. I’m also lucky enough to have close friends here in Dallas, but why haven’t we seen each other in months? More time spent together – whether it’s grabbing coffee, a drink, or dinner, doing something around the city, or sitting on each other’s couches is definitely on the agenda for 2018.
- Publish 2-3 blog posts/week. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: life is busy, y’all. But – the truth is – I love doing this whole blogging/social media thing. Sure, it’s fun to see my following grow, but it also makes me happy, and that’s where the real value is. I enjoy trying and reviewing products and giving people recommendations. It’s fun, and we all need a little more fun in our lives. So, I’d like to commit to a regular content schedule in the new year. Do I think 2-3 blog posts will happen every single week? No, but it’s a good goal to strive for.
- Put the laundry away as soon as the dryer is done. Again, isn’t this adulthood 101? Sheesh. Due to having busy nights and weekends (have I mentioned I have busy nights and weekends?), my apartment is almost never as tidy as I’d like it to be. Somehow, my laundry is always clean, but it’s never folded/hung/put away. As basic as it sounds, I’m going to put my laundry away as soon as it’s done drying to prevent having laundry baskets full of clothes sitting around. I think this one small change will really make a difference when it comes to tidying up. (Sidenote: I’ve been on a cleaning-out-my-closet kick lately! I’ve been really good about donating/giving away shoes, clothes, and makeup that I don’t wear/use, and I’m hoping to continue this trend into new year.)
- Do one “city thing”/month. I love my city. Dallas is home, and I’m looking forward to living here for the foreseeable future. There’s always so much going on in DFW, so I want to actually attend at least one of the events that I RSVP “Interested” to on Facebook every month. First up on the list is the new Legacy Hall in Legacy West. Can’t wait to check it out!
Are you a resolution-maker or a goal-setter? What’s on your to-do list ion 2018? Do you have any tips or words of wisdom when it comes to achieving goals? I’d love to know!