Do you feel pressured to come up with New Year’s resolutions?
I kind of do. Don’t get me wrong, I am always looking to improve myself. And I dig doing challenges. To be honest, I don’t like tying my goals to New Years.
Or maybe I just don’t like calling it a New Year’s resolution. They sound cheesy and seem like a bit of a joke at this point, don’t they? Everyone knows that gyms are packed for the first 3 weeks of January, but a week or two later most people are gone. Every year.
At the same time, how can the beginning of another year not get you thinking about goals and improvements for the next 365 days?
Regardless of what we call it, or even what day we start to make changes, I think it’s really important that we are always striving to improve. Fitness, health, education, social, spiritual, experiences, professional… all the things.
Most of my goals for this year are kind of broad – improved fitness, website growth (big changes coming very soon), being more organized with my schedule, more travel, a healthier daily routine, improved sleep schedule, etc.
Holley is staggering her health improvements, starting with sleep and diet improvements, then tacking on things like exercise, journaling, etc. in the weeks/months to come. I think this is a great idea and will probably do something similar.
Making a conscious decision as to the changes and improvements that you really want to make and why is important. Being clear on what you want. And don’t “shoulda on yourself” (you know, I shoulda done this, I shoulda done that…). I think having an accountability partner is crucial to ensure that your good intentions don’t get buried by everyday business. That and I will be scheduling reminder alarms in my phone to start the next phase of changing habits.
Check out the video below where we discuss our feelings about 2018 and looking forward to 2019. It’s not all feel-good. We were pretty open about frustrations as well as our optimism, recognizing that real work will be needed.
Some Routine Specifics
Here’s a quick list of some of the things I will be trying on for size with my 2019 wellness routines:
- Drinking more water from our ClearlyFiltered pitcher
- Daily morning meditation, potentially while listening to sound healing playlists
- Grow more of our own food
- Taking Just Thrive Probiotics daily
- Drinking homemade water kefir daily
- Using Beautycounter eye rescue cream and face oils
- Writing in my gratitude journal and productivity scheduler
- Reading at night and turning off the screens earlier
- Improving my sleep schedule
- Cooking more regularly, avoiding processed convenience foods by using strategies from our ebook
- Finding physical activities that my body is able to handle rather than being frustrated by not the exercises that I can’t currently do with my injuries
- Going easy on myself when I miss a day of a certain activity, not seeing this as a failure when it happens, and being able to continue them the next day.
Did I miss anything? What’s on your list for the coming year?
Aimee Leberer says
Hi Raj and Holley! Happy 2019, what a great list. I agree, you have to think of what the end goal will be to have sustained success. My “resolution” for 2019 is to do something everyday that is FUN. My life is full of commitments, work, family, home life, I can easily not do anything for me in a week trying to mark items off my to do list, this does not seem right. So every day I will think of what would be fun to do, does not have to be crazy big, expensive or take a lot of time, but I think this will help to break up the feeling of obligation. I am going to paint my nails now
I was just thinking about you the other day. Happy New Year to you and your family. I think that your “resolution” is fabulous and that doing something fun for yourself every day is a very important practice! Hopefully, we’ll be able to help with that.
Oh, and what color are your nails now?