It’s that time of year again. We reflect on the past and look forward to the future. New year and new goals for a better life.
I don’t like to call them resolutions, because really, resolutions dissolve in a few weeks and you beat yourself up for not committing to the new year’s resolution. So why not just call them goals, because it’s something to aim for and can be ongoing. Maybe “intention” is a better word? Hmmm. I may have to re-think my philosophy….
But in the meantime, in this first full week back at work, I asked the team to share what they had set as their resolutions / goals / intentions for the year. Here is what they (we) had to say:
Debbie is going to cut sugar from her diet (including white wine!). She knows that sugar and caffeine really affect how she FEELS, including that hyped up anxious feeling. By recognizing the impact, she has a better reason why to not indulge, other than the obvious “it’s not good for you” reasons to avoid sugar.
To compound the healthy choices, she is re-evaluating and re-working her exercise routine. She recently read Tom Brady’s book on peak performance and was inspired to make some adjustments that he recommended. Granted, he is a professional athlete and his lifestyle reflects it, but there were some good ideas she can definitely apply!
And finally, her aversion to technology is an area she is going to overcome. Part of the challenge is mental, so NOT telling herself she is not good at it. The other part of the challenge and the actual use of the technology is simply taking the time to watch tutorials on the technology she is working to master.
Heather‘s main goal in the new year is her very own peace. Working towards the day to day inner peace and knowing that no matter what comes her way, remembering that God is in control and HE has a plan. To remember that what others choose is not a reflection of her. And that even those things that seem insurmountable have a purpose. She is resolving not to allow feelings of hurt or sadness to overwhelm her. To take her thoughts captive and work to control the emotions associated with situations that are painful and not let worry overcome her. God has her back. He stands before her, beside her, and behind her in all things. She resolves to remember that all things happen for a reason and that God makes everything for our good. She is releasing the illusion of control and receiving the peace that can only come from God…and remembering that all of this only adds to her testimony.
(Hmmm…that sounds like a resolution we could all make and live by, doesn’t it?)
Kelsey intends to take the time to sit down and draw at least once a week. Maybe more. But definitely not less. Keeping the creativity close at hand gives her a feeling of calmness in her busy life.
Speaking of calm, Kelsey intends to write down one prayer every day. It’s easy to say “Hey God, here is my prayer” in the mind, but for her, writing it down makes it more personal and thoughtful as she communicates with her Creator.
And as many of us are thinking about at the beginning of the new year, a commitment to working out. 3 – 4 times per week is Kelsey’s goal. Whether it is a brisk walk (vs.a stroll) with her puppy, Cooper, or a trip the the apartment’s gym, she is gonna get some movement in this year!
Megan plans to cook more at home…thinking ahead and creating meals that are both healthy and will provide leftovers to bring to work. She is hopeful this will be more enjoyable as she & her husband move into their new apartment with this new year. Megan has embraced the ketogenic lifestyle and continues to enjoy learning how to prepare meals and snacks that follow the tenets of this way of eating.
With this move, she is going to be intentional in her style decisions while bringing her creative spirit into their new home. She has been inspired by the book Your Creative Work Space, which ironically inspired her to bring the creativity she taps into every day at work and apply it to her own living space with intention.
And oh yeah, to run more often with her dog, Rylee.
And finally, I (Michelle) am working on better time management in the new year. There is so much to juggle every day, and so much more I want to accomplish that I need to be more diligent and strategic with my time. I plan on creating un-interrupt-able power hours in the studio, not multi-tasking, and leaving my email OFF when I am focused on other tasks. I’m going to use my phone’s timer to help me manage my focused work.
I am also dedicated to reading every night. It is so easy to come home, make / have dinner, and then sit in front of the idiot box (aka television) until it’s time to go to bed. So, even if I get some screen time in with the hubs where we intentionally just “veg”, I am going to read in addition to that time spent. Plus, I will not be staying up later in order to accomplish this. My reading will range from fiction to business related to bible study. I’m not an e-reader type of gal, but may need to if I don’t want a whole bunch of books piled up at the end of the year!
Reading every night will be key, because it has been something I do in the morning (usually bible study or work related). But since I have signed up for the 5:45am Barre3 class in my neighborhood three times a week, my mornings will be taken. Because, you know, healthy resolutions and all….
What about you? What are your resolutions / goals / intentions for the year? Would love to hear about them and cheer you on!
Oh, and if you’re looking for some resolutions for your home, HERE is a post from last year that is still very applicable.
Cheers to an outstanding 2018!