I could easily write a long list of New Year’s Resolutions. Starting with using the library more instead of impulse buying books on my Kindle way too often. Lots of small goals: I do well with small goals and I think I’ll keep those as such and not call them resolutions.
When it comes to resolutions, after thinking about the lessons I’ve learned this year, I’m only making two this year:
I will take better care of myself.
I know, I know. You’re already tired of hearing everyone talk about their resolve to eat better and lose weight.
And that’s part of it for me. I do want to eat better and exercise more (and lose weight).
But there’s more to it than that.
I need to make sure I’m a priority in my own life. This includes the super simple basic self care like YES, there is in fact time for me to brush my teeth, wash my face, that sort of thing every morning and night… it’s not like I never do these things, but I’ll confess that sometimes I let to-do lists get the better of me and I put these simple things off. Which is plain ridiculous.
A check up is in my near future. I can’t take care of my family if I’m not taking care of myself and making sure I’m healthy.
Healthy relationships are also a part of self-care. Date nights with my husband are important as are girls’ days/nights.
And because I’m an introvert, sometimes taking better care of myself will mean saying no to certain things so I can recharge at home.
I will have more adventures.
This might be funny to say after I just got finished vowing to say no in order to stay home to recharge. But, if I say no to the exhausting events that I really don’t want to do or that are just busy work and serve no real purpose, then I’ll have plenty of energy for adventures.
Part of this is traveling more. Last year, I went to Disney World; Chicago; a whirlwind trip all over the state of NC; Richmond, VA; NYC; and Universal Orlando. Plus various day trips around NC. Some of these, I’d love to return to this year, while adding other locations, too. Some of the travel alone, some with friends, some with family, making memories.
I’ll give more things a try. Those interesting outings I read about or hear about, I can add more of them to my DONE list instead of my SOMEDAY list. First up: a fitness class at a trampoline park tonight. I want to try stand up paddleboarding, explore some of the creeks near me, go to a glow yoga class, and of course (because I’m a foodie) try different foods. I have a whole host of adventures I’d like to have, but it’s not about checking them off a list and feeling like a failure if I don’t do them all, but about thinking beyond what I usually do and trying new things, to look back on the year and be able to say YES, I DID THAT!