Making resolutions seem to have a negative connotation lately. People view them as unattainable goals we set ourselves that we never meet, so why bother? However, for me, the new year always brings a fresh perspective and a chance to reset. There really isn’t a huge difference between 12/31 and 1/1 but it’s a welcome opportunity to reframe our thinking which leaves me with an air of optimism.
In the past, I’ve made resolutions to get me to be the version of myself I wish I was. More fit, better at saving money etc. however this year I’m approaching resolutions a bit differently. I’m setting small, attainable goals that will help my overall wellness, mental health, and happiness! So here they are:
- Meditate once a week – I’ve been using the Calm app for a few months now and I love it. I still get fidgety at times during meditations but I always feel better after I carve out the time for it. Making it habitual will help me de-stress and re-center more regularly.
- Read 50 books in 2019 – I’m a lover of books, so why not challenge myself to read a bit more? I’m currently averaging between 20-30 books a year. If I cut back on Netflix just a little bit this should be attainable – and I’ll have fun doing it!
- Get outside more – A girlfriend gave me this idea as it was one of her resolutions and I thought it was great. Whether that be taking more walks, riding bikes, hiking, spending time by the water, or reading outside on our townhome back patio, I always feel my best after spending time outside.
- Be more present and put my phone away more – This one is hard but hoping even small changes will help like putting my phone away during meal times.
- Continue exploring and traveling – Because of course 😊
In addition to resolutions, here are some fun things ahead for us in 2019:
- Going skiing this weekend – my first time since I was a kid.
- We’re attending the PGA golf tournament in Bethpage this May.
- Going to Chicago and Milwaukee this summer – both new cities and states for me.
- Looking to book a trip to Iceland – I’ll take you through the planning process.
- Celebrating our second year of marriage.
- Trip planning – Where else should we travel? Thinking we need to add somewhere warm in here but we can’t decide.
Next week I’ll begin recapping our Europe trip and I can’t wait! Although the trip was in March of 2018, this blog was only a figment of my imagination at that time so I’m really excited to relive it all through Chasing Sunshine.