To be completely honest, I’ve never really been good at following through on New Year's Resolutions. In fact, I’ve never really been good about setting goals in the New Year to begin with, but I’m really expecting a lot out of myself this year so I figured I’d give it a real college try.
A year-long challenge seems pretty tough, but guess what, I’m pretty tough, too! At 25 years old, I have a TON of goals and I want to end the year in a much better place than I started it. With that being said, my goals for this year are pretty simple in theory, but of course difficult in practice. I know I won’t be perfect this year, but I hope to make some positive changes. So without further adieu, here are the three goals that I’m publicly committing to:
1. Be Healthier... and Happier
Like most people, I struggle to stay consistent in terms of eating right and working out. My job takes up a large majority of my time and effort, so finding time to go for a run or hit the gym often falls to the bottom of my priority list. I also struggle with eating right; I’m one of those people who doesn’t eat when I’m stressed, and I skip a lot of meals due to working events and travel.
The good news is that I really really really enjoy being healthy. Hitting the gym makes me happier than chocolate chip cookies, which is great because I’m a member at two (!!) gyms here in Ann Arbor. I know that when I’m working out and eating healthy, my body feels better, which allows my brain to be more alert, creative, and happy overall.
2. Take control
My biggest and most important goal as a professional is to learn more this year. I’ve been unhappy about my lack of growth in the past year, and I have no one to blame but myself! Instead of passively waiting around for someone (anyone!) to teach me something about how to be a better employee, I’m going to teach myself.
I don’t mean to sound bitter, but I’ve realized in the last few years that very few people in life have the time or energy to teach others. So instead, I’m going to invest more time in myself. There are so many online tutorials available these days that one can learn almost anything, as long as they are willing to put forth the time and effort. I might be limited on time, but I’m not going to allow that as an excuse! Investing in ME is the most important thing I can do.
3. Put down the phone
Back in November, I wrote a post about work-life balance and how I might never achieve it. That post and those sentiments still ring true, but I want to do a better job in 2017 of living in the moment and really being present when I’m with others. I was fortunate enough to go home to Florida this past Christmas, and I was very excited to see my family and friends in the short time that I was there. I noticed, however, that I ended up spending a lot of my “hangout” time on the phone or my iPad, scrolling through social media or checking email. Not cool of me! I had waited nearly 6 months to see my family (and the sunshine), and there I was letting time slip through the cracks while I pinned things on Pinterest or whatever. Unacceptable.
Once I realized this, I started to think about how much time I spend at home with my husband, not paying attention to the world around me but instead scrolling through Twitter or Facebook. I have the best husband, family, and friends in the world -- sorry, everyone else! -- and time spent with those people is invaluable. Political post and drama on social media are clearly less important.
I do have a few more goals for this year, as I’m sure we all do. I hope to connect more and network less, as this blog post from Jessica Smith (@warjesseagle) has inspired me to do. I’d also like to be more financially responsible and potentially purchase my first home. My husband and I have a few personal objectives that we’re going to work at, and I’m hopeful that in December, I’m a much better person than I am today.
We’ve only got one life, so let’s all be the best versions of ourselves, shall we?