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2018 Resolutions

I'm going to do this a little differently this year, and put these into different categories. Some won't be super measurable, but I still want to focus on them.

Health:

  • Take daily vitamins
    • Subscribed to a personalized Care/of subscription
  • Focus on cross-training to prevent injuries from running
    • Swimming, cycling, weight-training, HIIT, etc.
  • Run a half marathon
  • Eat better
    • More greens
    • Fewer carbs
    • Less alcohol

Home:

  • Do a 30-minute tidy at least once each week
  • Replace my carpet

Mind:

  • Keep up with my Passion Planner
  • Write in my 5-year journal at least weekly
  • Read 24 books
  • Make progress on my novel
    • Maybe a first draft by the end of the year?
  • Put myself in control of my own happiness--it's not and shouldn't be dependent on what other people do (or don't do)

2017 Resolutions

1. Finish graduate school

Okay, this one is pretty easy. I only have one class left and should be done by the end of February!

2. Keep my condo tidy and make necessary improvements

I say every year, and it's always very hard for me, but in 2017 I need to be better about adulting. I also want to make the changes that I've put off for so long, such as replacing the carpet and installing ceiling fans.

3. Read 24 books

Hopefully I'll find myself wanting to read more once school ends, but that kind of depends on what I decide to do about the CPA exam, too.

4. Work on my mental health

At the end of 2016, after a series of panic attacks, I was diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder. This year I want to start managing that better, including figuring out medication, continuing therapy, and maybe writing more for stress relief.

2016 Resolutions

Here we are on January 1, 2016, so what better time to share what I plan to do and achieve during the new year?

  • Use all my vacation time

This was a goal last year, and I ALMOST made it! I only lost two days, and hopefully I can get that down to zero this year. I'm going to Capri and Sergi's wedding in June and will try to make a decent vacation out of that trip, so hopefully that will help! I also hope to go to Arizona and Florida at some point, as well, and I'll likely have to take a few days off for CPA exam studying...

  • Read at least two books per month

I always try to read 40 books each year and fail miserably, but in 2015, that was largely because of school. I'll still be in school during 2016, but I'd like to try to read more than I did last year, even if that means swapping out a few Netflix binges.

  • Keep my condo tidier/organized

This is a really hard one for me every year, but I'm 30 now, and should be able to adult better, right? (Yes, I just used "adult" as a verb.)

  • Pass three sections of the CPA exam

If I have things planned correctly with school, I will start studying for the exam in May. Goodbye, life!

Operation Get Skinny

Apparently I'm very much a creature of habit, and once I get out of that habit, it's next to impossible to pick it up again on a whim. Last June (yes, JUNE!) I was doing so well with working out and eating well, but that all stopped pretty abruptly in July. (Let's just say work was more than a bit hectic.) Well, now it's more than eight months later, so maybe it's time to do something about the five-ish pounds I've put back on over that time, and a little more. (I realize that five pounds, in the grand scheme of things, is not that much. But when you're on the small side, it actually kind of is.)

So, March is going to be a fit month. I'm committing to 840 minutes of significant exercise, as well as logging my food intake every day. Also, I'm registered for the Seahawk 12k in April, so I should probably make sure I can run at least five miles by the end of the month.

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Two weeks ago I took the first step: buying new running shoes. My last pair was over five years old, and apparently an entire size too small. I put the new ones to use that same day with a beautiful sunset run around Green Lake, and since then I've racked up an additional 12 miles, despite not having much time (or daylight in the post-work hours) to get outside.

Other things I'm doing:

  • Learning how to make skinny smoothies
  • Cutting back a bit on drinking
  • Running even just a mile and a half, if it is all I have time for that day
  • Boring myself almost to death on the treadmill when I know I won't be able to do anything after work
  • Using the Nike Training Club app's "get lean" program *
  • Playing softball with friends

I got off to a pretty good start at the end of February, so hopefully I can keep it up for at least the next month. It's hard to eat spinach when all I want is Cadbury Mini Eggs, though! Anyone else want to join me? Let's motivate each other on Lose It! and MapMyRun, okay?!

* So, I actually tried this last week for the first time since the summer and it didn't end well. It even put me out of commission for a few days. But once my strained neck is 100% healed, this goes back on the schedule (minus the reverse crunches)!

2015 Resolutions

  • Use all my vacation time

Or at least not lose any, since we can only carry over 40 hours into the following year. I lost eight days in 2014, and that’s pretty ridiculous.

  • Go to at least one new state

Maybe I’ll go visit Jenny in Rhode Island this year!

  • Go to at least one new country

With my 30th birthday coming up, I’d like to celebrate by finally taking a big trip. It’s been more than five years since I last went to Europe, and there are so many more places I want to see. As of now, I definitely want to go to Switzerland and Spain, but I’m flexible. Iceland, Germany, and France would be fun, too.

  • Read 40 books (or 14,000 pages)

This is my goal every year, and the best I’ve ever done is 39. (And, actually, that year my goal was 52 books.) I’ll get there someday.

  • Keep my condo tidier

It’s in pretty good shape to start off the year (and has been since the end of October), so hopefully I can maintain that. My parents are helping me put together a storage cabinet tomorrow, and that should make things a bit less cluttered.

  • Figure out how to get my 5th year of college credits, in order to take CPA exam

This is the year, I know it!

  • Buy a new car

It’s always been my goal to buy a car by the time I’m 30. I don’t know if that will actually happen, because I have other things I need to spend my money on and it’s not like my car is going to die in the next six months, but we’ll see.