The new year is HERE. I love resolutions, but will be the first to admit that I don’t follow them 100% … In 2015, I spoke about wanting to be “kind and grateful.” I certainly was grateful, but I don’t know about kind. I felt very anxious and stressed out last year, which lead me to taking out my frustrations on others. As a mental health professional, I am definitely not proud of this. However, I am not just a mental health professional, but also a human being. I make mistakes sometimes, and that’s OK because I’m learning from them. For 2016, I’ve decided to choose a word, which is ACCEPTANCE. I accept where I’m at today and the fact that I am nowhere near perfect. I accept my past, present, and the uncertainty of my future. I accept my feelings. I accept that I have a long way to go, despite having come so far from where I started. Acceptance does not mean that I’m not also going to continue being a hustler; it just means that I am going to love myself more, as I am. I will never quit trying to improve myself, but I think it is important to set the foundation of self acceptance. I have a hard time with that; I always think I’m coming up short in many parts of my life. In 2015, I accomplished so many goals, now I need to breathe. I need to realize that I am not defined by my accomplishments. I accept where I’m at, but am always going to look for opportunities to grow. My first opportunity for growth began on New Year’s Day. I promised myself that I would eat one salad every day in January. My eating habits were the worst they’d ever been last year. I’m officially pressing the reset button by eating more salads now. I did this back in 2013 and I felt amazing. If anyone would like to join me, we can use the hashtag #SaladJanuary to keep each other accountable 🙂 I want to PR my Chicago Marathon time (4:32:57) and PR my half marathon time (2:03:29). This will be a HUGE challenge because the last time I PRed any race was in 2014.
From the last time I PRed a half marathon 🙂
To do this, I have already started running regularly; I plan to run 3x/week at least. One run each week will be tempo or include intervals. I will continue to lift weights with Oksana at least 1x/week. I will be more diligent about sticking to my training plan, starting with Shamrock Shuffle training over this winter. Last year was all about my career (and casually running a marathon, ha); this year is going to be all about RUNNING (not that I’m going to neglect my career or anything)!
I will read 20 books in 2016. I’ve been pretty bad about keeping up with reading lately; I used to read ALL. THE. TIME. Now, I start a book, then get distracted by Netflix/other less intellectual things (ha). According to Goodreads, I read 4 books in 2015. This is shocking to me because I love reading. Time to get back on that horse. Twenty books for 2016 seems reasonable.
I will launch my new side business! More on this later, but the short story is that I made a gift for my dad this Christmas and a few people have offered to pay me to make one for them. Selling my own creations is a huge dream of mine, so I am PSYCHED. I will probably open an Etsy shop once I create enough products.
I will take at least 20 minutes out of every day to unplug and relax. I will do this through coloring, meditation, taking a bath, or simply enjoying a snack without mindlessly scrolling through social media.
I will practice gratitude daily and write Gratitude Friday posts at least 2x/month. I’ve really slacked on writing gratitude lists, so this is my chance to really commit to it again. Keep your eye out for a new post on Friday 🙂
I will be a good friend, a good partner, and a good citizen. The definition of “good” varies from person to person. My definition of good is when one spreads kindness, rationally talks about difficult topics rather than fighting, and lifts people up rather than brings them down. I will strive to do all of these things, every single day.
I will reference this post often. It’s easy to commit to goals like the ones listed above in January, but hard to do so throughout the year. I want to live a more positive life and I know these goals will allow me to do that. I plan to link this post regularly and look back on it throughout the year.
What do you want to accomplish in 2016?