I will admit, I used to be one of those people that attempts every year to make a bunch of new year’s resolutions, but ultimately fails at most of them come mid January. The past few years have been a little different for me.
Instead of setting the goal of hitting the gym every day (so unrealistic to me), I choose to make it a priority to listen to my body and its’ needs. If that means running 5 miles one day, great. If that means resting and taking leisurely walks for an entire week, that is what I will do. Of course exercise is great for the body, but it is pretty easy to cross that line and go overboard…especially for me.
I look at my health/eating goals in the same aspect. In my day to day life, I aim to eat healthy at least 80% of the time… not because I HAVE to, but because this is what makes me feel my best. However, if I want a handful of chocolate chips, you betcha I am going to eat them.
So I guess in terms of resolutions/goals, the new year doesn’t mean much in terms of health because I have the same goals/resolutions every single day. The new year to me means a new, fresh start. It means a chance to really dive into my deeper intentions.
A big goal for 2016 for me was to be less judgmental. It is something we all do, whether we realize it or not. I am totally guilty of this every day of my life and I am certainly not proud of it. I have gotten better about it this year, but this goal is still at the top of my list for 2017. Every time I feel judgment coming on, I try to remind myself that everyone is different and you never know what someone is going through. We can only control how we act or react, not how others do so it is important to approach every situation/conversation without judgment.
Another goal of mine is something that has been on my mind for a long time, but I will admit, I have failed miserably over and over again. With the constant relocating every 2-3 years that comes along with my husband’s job, this brings upon a lot of different emotions. I am grateful for all the wonderful opportunities we have had to live in different places, meet new faces, and explore new cultures. But, knowing we are going to move in a couple years makes it difficult to even desire new friendships because I know we will be leaving before long. Thankfully, my husband is very outgoing and loves making new friends so we do have a lot of great friends from each place we have lived. But I will say, most of these friendships were not initiated by me. My husband calls me an introverted extrovert. I am very outgoing when I am around people I know, but I am quite shy when it comes to meeting new people. My goal when we move in 2017 is to get involved in our new community right away and make an effort to meet new friends. This will be especially hard for me since I already have a few old friends in Nashville, but I am going to be proactive to make my own friends. Having a good group of friends is not only important to me, but it is an important part of my relationship with my husband. We do a lot together, but we both recognize the importance of having our own groups of friends and making sure we have our time apart.
So this is where I am at currently for my 2017 resolutions. I want to be less judgmental and I want to get outside of my comfort zone and get involved in my new community and make new friendships. I’m sure more will be added as the year goes on but these will be my primary focus for a while. 🙂
So now tell me…
- Do you set new year’s resolutions/goals?
- If so, what are yours for 2017?
- If you set some for 2016, did you follow through?