On the morning of January 1st, I sat on the balcony at my beach condo, bundled up in a furry jacket and fluffy blanket and journaled. In my little journal excerpt, I told myself I didn't want to make any resolutions this year. I told myself I didn't want to make any promises that I would suddenly start to do this or improve that because I didn't want to put that pressure on myself. I know me, and I know that if I treat improvements that I want to make or new things that I want to do as crash diets, I wouldn't accomplish them. I would feel pressured to do them just because it's the new year and I said I wanted to do them. Then, I would fall off track because I would start seeing those things as "chores" or get burnt out and my "new years resolutions" would be a fail. Lol. Can anyone else relate? Anyways, as my day went on and I began to really take in the fact that it's a new year and vibes of a "fresh start" are all around us, I started to realize that I do have a few things I want to do this year, but I don't want to treat them as "resolutions." I want to treat them as habits. A habit takes time to build, and it takes time to break. Resolutions are impulsive (well, at least for me). I want to go into the new year and have it be a process and a journey. I want to develop habits that will overtime turn into results because I feel like sometimes we set goals and forget to be present along the way of achieving that goal. So, I'm not even going to think about the end result. I'm not even going to think about what I want to accomplish at the end of 2018 or "who I want to be" by the end of the year. I want to develop healthy habits along the way, and see where those habits take me. I want to strive to make improvements in my health and my life and see what doors God opens for me because of those little improvements. But I'm not putting pressure on it. I'm not painting a picture of what results I want or what goal I want to achieve because it could truly be anything. God and the universe offer you opportunities when you put it in their hands. So just be kind, strive to do better and be better everyday, take care of your body, do what you love, create healthy habits, and let them lead you. If you want to know what 5 healthy habits I'm going to strive to develop this 2018, keep on reading!
5K EVERYDAY- I used to run a lot in high school outside of the sports that I played. Whether it was in the morning before school, or on the weekends when I didn't have a volleyball tournament or track meet, I always felt better on days that I went for a run. It allowed me to clear my head and could instantly take my mood from bad to great. Since going to college, I kind of stopped going on runs and switched to shorter more intense workouts either in the gym or at workout facilities like orange theory, CycleBar, and HIIT places. Don't get me wrong, I'm not stopping my shorter high intensity workouts, but I'm making going for a run one of my daily habits again. I'm going to do a 5k (3.1 miles) everyday. Now while that might not sound realistic to everyone, here's the catch. I like to run outdoors, I'll go on the treadmill every now and again, but I won't do the treadmill everyday. I would get burnt out real real quick. So, I'm giving myself the challenge of doing a 5k everyday, but I'm allowing myself to get it done however I want. That means I can walk it all, run/walk it, run it all, hike it, or even go on a 5k bike ride. If I'm tired or sick, I'll do a 3.1 mile walk. If I really don't feel like running, I'll bike. If it's freezing out or raining, I'll go on the treadmill. I'm making it flexible so that this way, I don't get tired of it and it's actually something I know I can achieve.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FAITH- I'm not going to go too much into this because I believe that everyone's faith life should be private unless they want to share. I would love to share, but I honestly don't know enough about it yet to feel comfortable enough to share. So, I'll just say that my best friend has an inspiring faith life and throughout the last 6 months, I've gone through a lot of lows and a lot of changes. I found myself becoming really curious about faith and asking her a billion questions (shoutout to Kathleen & her roommate, Julia, for being patient with me and all of my questions lol) and after inquiring, I began to try and put a lot of my worries in Gods hands. After doing so a few times, I realized that things started to go so well for me when I didn't try and control or worry about things. So, this year I really want to dive into my faith life and explore it as much as I can.
INVEST IN MY HEALTH- This past semester I partied a lot. Before I get into this paragraph, I want to first say that I don't see anything wrong with that. I think, especially after you go through things like a break up or move from one place to another, it's sort of an essential part of finding yourself again. Even though I've always known who I am, I was lost a lot last semester and just wanted to have fun, experience everything that I could, and do the college thing. And I don't regret it at all. I did have fun. I did experience a lot. And I'm so happy I had that semester to do it all. But now, I feel like I'm actually at a place where I want to invest in my health and not neglect it through binge drinking and other things people do in college. I have a couple health issues that I'm trying to sort out and get back on track, so I'm going to really be mindful of my body and committed to making it a priority this year. Being consistent with taking my herbs and my tonics, and just consistently doing good for my body.
SAY YES- Continuing on the topic of health and fitness from my last paragraph, I've had a habit of getting too focused on my health life. In the past, I've let it completely consume me and I've neglected my social life or skipped out on doing things just because I'm not drinking or I'm eating clean. I don't want to do that this time around. I want to still do fun things with friends and have a good time while still making good decisions about my health. I want to be able to say yes to things without feeling the pressure to do things that don't benefit my health or without worrying about skipping a workout. On another note, I want to say yes in general more. I want to do things that I actually want to do without hesitation or excuses. I want to say why the hell not, what do I have to lose? Because quite honestly, I don't have anything to lose at all.
BE MY AUTHENTIC SELF- Going to a new school, it's easy to forget who you are a little to try and fit in, make friends, and find your people. Although I wouldn't say that I tried to be something I'm not, sometimes I found myself not doing the things I love or acting a certain way because I wanted to experience everything college had to offer. And that's okay! But I know who I am, and I don't want to do things anymore just because it's what everyone else is doing. I also don't want to not do things just because I'm afraid of what people will say or think. I want to do them because they make me happy and who cares what someone else says about it.