New Year, New Me?

Hello again, friends. 2019 is set to be a pretty big year for me. I am getting married. It is the first full year in my job. An exciting trip to the east coast (full disclosure its my honeymoon).  And, I am guessing, many fun surprises along the way. Over all, my hope for 2019 is to make small changes that help enhance the things I love in my life and love to do, while decreasing the things that are not good for me and hurting me in the long term. So, lets talk about the goals that will hopefully help make that happen.

Read 52 books. I love to read, but I am not the best at prioritizing reading in my daily life. However, I have noticed that when I read before bed instead of watching TV or playing on my phone, I actually sleep better. So, I am hoping to kill two birds with one stone here and read more while also getting better sleep.

Post to the blog 52 times. Posting to the blog more consistently will probably be a goal of mine until I find a great rhythm that truly fits with my life. So, this year I am committing to one post a week. If I can post more than once a week, great. But I am not going to rush things or stress myself out to post more than that.

Be active for at least 60 minutes a day. This is a big one for me this year. About four years ago, around this same time of year, I got into a really good rhythm with exercising and eating healthy. After six months, I felt great about my body and was excited to have found a food and exercise routine that I felt like worked for me. Then my life started changing. A lot. I move home, then to Tennessee, then I started traveling an insane amount. I started to get back into a rhythm about a year and a half ago, then I moved again and my rhythm was completely thrown off. So, now I am committing to finding that rhythm again. Part of that is being active for 60 minutes a day.

Stop drinking soda (again). I gave up soda for lent in high school and never really started drinking it again until I was in my third year of college and started drinking diet coke again. In all, soda does nothing for me; it makes me bloat and gives me acne. That is not really a trade-off I am willing to make for a little caffeine. So, bye bye soda.

Make healthy eating changes. Along with the two above items, I want to make sustainable changes to the way I eat that will allow me to be a healthier, happier person. When I was living in the south, healthy eating felt like a pretty foreign concept. Now that I am in Seattle, it is definitely a lot easier to make this a priority, but I just haven’t. My goal is to eat as healthy as possible, while still allowing myself to go out to meals with friends and my boo.

Listen to the news everyday. Over the past year or two I have become a lot more in tune to the goings on in our country, but still go through periods where I won’t listen to or read the news. So this year, I want to commit to listening to the podcasts The Daily and Up First every day there are episodes.

Volunteer at least once a month. I have been volunteering at the same organization since I first moved to Seattle. I do still love this and will definitely want to continue my involvement, but I am also planning to start volunteering at a second organization about once a month.

I have big goals, but goals that I am confident that I can reach them if I stay committed and keep my eye on the prize. What are your hopes and goals for 2019?

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