It might surprise you that somebody who doesn’t go to birthday parties, weddings, or celebrates holidays, is actually into the idea of new year’s resolutions. After all, can’t you make goals at any time of year? Sure! And I do. And I certainly don’t wait til a new year comes around in order to make a goal and stick to it. Even this year- I had to think really hard about my new year’s resolutions- it wasn’t like I was waiting around for a time to set a new goal, I just want to take the end of the year to reflect on how I did this year, and come up with some new goals that could make my life easier. Some things I’ve already been implementing, and some things I had to think hard to come up with. So based on how my 2018 new year’s resolutions went, and what I learned, here is what I came up with for 2019.
My 2018 New Year’s Resolution was to really be accountable with my time, and have my time reflect my goals. Do I want to get better at yoga? Okay, then my schedule needs to incorporate yoga more often- it’s that simple. Or is it? 2018 threw me curveballs like boulders on the Agro Crag; so many inconsistencies and unknowns in my schedule made it really difficult for me to play around with a routine, and see what would work for me. But you know what? The silver lining would be that once I have a consistent schedule in my life, 2018 will have set me up so that it will always feel easier than this time. Sometimes you want something in life, and you get something different that still has so much value. So, instead of this, what did I gain instead?
Some of the best summer beach days of my life- this year gave us some of the most beautiful summer weather I’ve ever seen in Malibu, and with my friend Whitney living on Malibu Road, I got to enjoy the sunshine, swim out past the waves, and laugh til I cried.
I actually fell in love with yoga- whereas I’ve always done yoga to “get something out of it,” I really just started to enjoy moving my body, and feel grateful to be a human who can explore these feel-good poses in peace. I know mindfulness has always been the main part of yoga, but it finally clicked for me this year.
I fell in love with waking up early- Not that I always do it! This year I started getting very sensitive to loud noise (LOL am I old now?), and my housemates’ noise really started getting under my skin. I really love how peaceful it is in the early morning when no one is up- not people outside, not the noisy dogs, not my housemates. (One of my top goals in life has always been to live along- I would love the solitude. This gives me a good piece of that!)
So many fun nights out- I had so much stress this year that I decided “You know what? I need to go out for comedy once a week and have a laugh,” usually with my friend Ashley. And we had SO much fun going out in Hollywood- seeing so many famous comedians, even Dave Chappelle! (If you read back into this blog post, you’ll see why this was so cool for me).
So 2018 didn’t give me exactly what I was looking for, so that resolution still stands- I want my time to reflect my goals, and the person I want to be. But there are also some things that I learned that I want to add to that. So here is how I’m adding to that goal in 2019 to make it more realistic, attainable, and overall better:
1) In order to make my schedule reflect my priorities, I have to be better with time-management. How can I do that?
a. Created a Life Binder that helps me run my life like my own executive assistant. More on that later!
b. Automating as many things as I can- i.e. fresh fruits and veggies produce delivery
c. Getting as many things delivered as possible- forget about hours spent on errands on weekends, we have Amazon now!
d. Make swifter decisions- stop waiting in my car when it’s cold outside, stop anticipating workout out or cooking, stop ruminating about all the things I need to do before I actually do them. Stop weighing which recipe I should make and just pick one and do it!
2) Stop thinking so much- it’s exhausting trying to balance my work and personal life, all my goals and errands and everything.
a. Automating and making swift decisions fall under both this goal and the first one. Something I’ve also loved for many years is Zuzka Light online, who is a personal trainer who gives you a weekly workout plan. Less time thinking about how to work out!
b. Plan a schedule and stick to it (can play around with what works). Just like people know church is on Sunday, I can designate days for my beauty and doctor appointments, laundry, beach time, fun and necessary things on my to-do list, so that I can focus my brain power on things that truly require it.
c. Just do something the first time I think about it- if I think I need to move something, order something, call someone, or do something, just do it right in that moment rather than thinking it 5 times and doing it eventually. I don’t need to waste the thoughts on something so many times.
3) Knowing my priorities: Sleep, food, workout- Sleep is my #1 priority! After all these years, I’ve realized that I really can’t run on anything without sleep, If I don’t get sleep, I can pick up or order food. If I don’t get sleep or adequate food, there is no working out, so no need to feel bad about not doing everything, just need to focus on the most important things so the other things down the line of priorities can happen. I always want to work out more, but the truth is I often don’t workout because of my poor time-management skills, or because I’m too tired for lack of sleep. Some of these goals will help address that.
4) Know that everything is a drop in the bucket- there are a couple of books that I’ve read a page a day, that I’m now hundreds of pages in. I don’t have to commit to workouts that make me sore for days- I can just do a round of HIIT, or 20 minutes of yoga. That consistency adds up!
5) Keep a well-stocked fridge of food- I really hate having no food in the house, and then I order expensive delivery. Also, I don’t have much of a lunch break at my current job. I don’t have to wait for no food in the house in order to cook something new! Why not be my own meal prep service? I can easily cook something new and freeze it for when I’ve run out of food.
Well that should keep me busy! Ultimately, I want to maximize my life and just get the most out of it, and I hope these things help me do that. I think at this point in my life, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want in life, so I can better figure out how to manage how I can do the things I want to do being the person I am.
Cheers to 2019!