M and I decided to visually represent our resolutions this year. I wish I could show you her board because it’s much neater, but I took to my board with gusto (and the style of a six year old).
1 – Lose at least 60 pounds.
Well, I have quite a few more of those to lose, but we’ll just start out with this. It’s a realistic goal and one that I’m determined to hit. M got this amazing vegan cookbook from her mom for the holidays and I’m off to the store to get the first bit of ingredients. I’m excited to try some new recipes like Sweet Potato and Curry Soup… Chickpea/FakeTuna Sandwich… I’m not sure I am going totally vegan, but I am making steps to cutting back on red meat.
2. ToDo List Central 2014
I am going to have lists upon lists upon lists. That isn’t different from years past, but following them is another thing. It’s a typical issue for someone with ADD to try a million different organizational methods, but this year, I am going to try and stick with one.
This has been a big topic in our household and one that I hope grows into a legitimate practice in 2014. I think our time away from the internet was a good start, and I don’t want to fall back into our patterns. I’m going to try my best to not do that and be mindful of my surroundings.
4. Reflect More
I used to journal and write a lot more when I was younger, and I know that practice kept me sane. I need to pick that up again this year. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is life (especially when you are in grad school), but I need to check in with myself.
5. Skype/Call More with Friends/Family
I have become notoriously horrible for trying to reach on the telephone. If you try to call me after 7pm, I probably won’t answer the phone. I realize that part of that usually revolves around being around people all day. I need time to recharge and it’s hard to verbally speak with people. However, I can write/chat online easily. I don’t totally get it, but I am going to stop beating myself over it.
Therefore, I want to make sure that I am keeping in contact with those that I love by scheduling skype dates/phone calls, etc. If I keep it on a schedule, then I won’t lose touch with those I adore.
6. Read at least one book towards my thesis research a month.
What is my thesis? Good question. I’m still exploring and while I have a bit of time, I really need to get my head into the game. I have a few ideas and really need to center and hone in on what I want to do. This is the problem with having too many great ideas!
7. Buh-Bye Soda
I said last year that I was giving up soda. I lied. I kept drinking it. However, I am determined to give up that evil stuff this year. I don’t need it, it’s bad for me (especially someone with one kidney) and I need to fall in love with water.
8. Date Nights
With both of us in grad school with crazy schedules, we have to schedule nights for just the two of us. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle and not concentrate on your own relationship, but I’m determined to schedule these nights! (This is more for our joint goals, but I’m adding this to mine to give me an extra kick in the butt to remember how important this is)
9. Work out at least 4x a week
This goes back to my first resolution. Without this, I won’t lose those 60+ pounds. Swim, Zumba, whatever… this is going to happen.
So what were your resolutions this year?