Happy New Year! I hope the first few days of 2016 have been good to you. While I’m excited to start thinking about all of the things a New Year can bring, for the first time, I felt genuinely sad to bid a year adieu. 2015 was filled with fulfillment and purpose for me, and as I look back, the theme of the year became growth. This year I am skipping New Year’s resolutions and setting an intention along with goals I would like to accomplish. The theme for this New Year is strength — strength to stay on this journey, even when it feels impossible; strength to trust myself as an individual and as a creative; and strength to be true to myself and this site.
While I’ve tried to keep my list of goals short for your reading pleasure, I am sure this is a list I will add to. But for now, here are some goals for 2016:
Find an endocrinologist and make my health a priority: As any thyroid patient knows, a good endocrinologist — one who listens to you — is worth his or her weight in gold. After many failed attempts to find a new endocrinologist, and ultimately getting discouraged, I found one in the final days of 2015. Although the first part of this goal has technically been completed, I want to focus more on my overall health this year — from managing my stress, to learning about nutrition and meditation, and finding ways to incorporate more “me” time in my week.
Remove technology from the bedroom: I’ve long heard that the light from cell phones and electronic devices disrupt sleeping patterns, yet I’m still guilty of having my phone right next to my bed. Not only that, but when I find that I can’t sleep, I grab my iPhone and start checking Facebook and Instagram. While it comes in handy as an alarm clock, it’s just too tempting to start scrolling when I should be snoozing. To avoid this distraction, I will be investing in a good old-fashioned alarm clock this year and limiting my electronic usage after 10 pm.
Become a Starbucks shareholder: Since quitting Starbucks is not a viable option, I’ve come up with a far better (and more fiscally responsible) way to combat my White Chocolate Mocha addiction. Become a Starbucks shareholder. That’s right. What could be better than earning money while you (and others) visit your favorite coffee house? So drink up, friends!
Stick to a fitness regimen: If you work from home you know how difficult it can be to stick with your fitness routine. Despite your best intentions, you soon find yourself having “staff meetings” in the kitchen and your gym time gets replaced with nap time. Tell me I’m not alone? Now that it has started to feel like winter, staying bundled in bed seems like a better idea than going to that Saturday morning kickboxing class (ahem, have I missed two months, already?). But since it’s a New Year…and I vowed to make my health a priority…and oh, right, I’m pushing 3-0, it’s time to make time for regular fitness classes. Whether it’s Pure Barre, yoga, or kickboxing, I want to attend at least two fitness classes a week.
Take a calligraphy class: Last Spring, I took an online calligraphy class and enjoyed learning the basics. But to improve, I think it would be helpful to have more personal instruction. I would love to be able to write out some of my favorite quotes and frame them for inspiration in my home office.
Choose happiness: Every day when we wake up we have a choice. We can choose to do the right thing, be a good person, embrace the day, and be happy. Any day that you wake up healthy is a good day. But it’s easy to get swept up in minutia, focus on petty things, and compete with others instead of remembering all that you have. So while you might not be where you want to be now, remember to find happiness in each moment — the good and bad, the difficult and trying, and the positive and negative. For they all create your journey.
What are some of your goals for 2016?