(1). Work out Regularly- I’ve been doing a pretty good job at this right now. But 2 months ago? I couldn’t be persuaded to take a walk around the block. I’ve noticed that I have always worked out in spurts, but I’ve never given it the opportunity to form into a habit. I also know that the times that do work out regularly, I’m noticeably happier and I manage stress better.
In one year from now, I want to have kept up with working out, and I want it to become a habit that I can’t go without.
(2). Eating Disorder Free- I’ve been doing so much better with my eating disorder the last few months, but as with working out, it’s something that has always been difficult for me to maintain in the long run. I want to keep establishing small habits and work on skills that will help me to maintain this good streak. I want to eventually get to the point where it’s not a daily struggle. Where it becomes habitual to eat normally, and not something I have to work so hard at.
(3). Save $3,000 – It’s no secret that I don’t make a lot of money. I often use that as an excuse as to why I don’t have a saving account. I’m tired of living this way. I’m scared that a day will come when I’m going to need a cushion and I won’t have it. So why not just start saving now? I know that there are areas where I can be much more careful with my money, and I know that I tend to be frivolous when I do get a paycheck. I think $3,000 is a good sum to aim for.
(4). Maintain a daily Gratitude list- I already have a head start on this one, and I can already tell that’s it’s making a huge difference in my life. I know that every day at lunch I have to write down the things I’m grateful for, so it’s making me be more mindful of the world around me. I’m hoping that by continuing this habit, I will be able to give back to the world a little more, and be more mindful of my own actions.
(5). Keep up with writing 6 days a week- As with working out, writing is one thing in my life that I do a lot sporadically. I’ll go months where I’ll write every day, then I’ll go months where I can’t even think about getting out my thoughts. And as with working out, I know that when I am writing daily, even if it’s just in a private journal, I’m less stressed and overall happier.
I also know that in the past when I’ve set strict rules for myself – “Must post a blog six days a week,” I’ve gotten burnt out and given it up. So this time, I’m not setting any rules except for that I must keep it up. It might be in my journal, on this blog, or on the back of my hand- but I want to continue to write as often as possible.
(6). Strengthen Relationships, Make new ones– I’m a busy girl. Between working multiple jobs, trying to work out as much as possible, and various standing commitments, I tend to put my social life on the back burner. When my sister moved away nearly a year ago, I realized that I hadn’t been doing a very good job at keeping up with friendships. I sometimes even let the most important relationships in my life, my boyfriend and my family, take a back seat. I feel like I’ve made some headway with this recently, but I really want to continue to maintain relationships and cultivate new ones. As for now, I’m going to strive for at least one social activity a week.
(7). Meditation Practice-I’ve mentioned this before, but for years I’ve been reading and learning about the benefits of mindfulness. It wasn’t until recently that I started to put these techniques to use, and have seen how much of a difference it can make in my life. I recently started a daily meditation practice, and though I’m finding it extremely difficult, and somewhat uncomfortable, I’m determined to stick with it and to see if it can make some much needed improvements in my life. My goal is to meditate 5-6 times a week. I want to try out different techniques, and figure out what, if any, practice works best for me.