It’s that time of year when everyone starts saying “new year, new me” and while I love the idea of the new year being a chance for revival and starting over, at the same time, I don’t necessarily want to start completely over. So this year, my motto is “new year, better me” because I don’t want to just quit being myself. I just want to be a better version of me. Hopefully the best version of myself that I can be.
So, even though it’s a bit cliché and it seems like everyone is posting about their new year’s resolutions, I wanted to share with you guys my own! I thought it was not only be a really nice thing to share, but I also thought it was a great way to keep me accountable for my goals.
Although I’m really tempted to just set a ton of smaller goals that will keep me busy and help me see myself passing some really obvious milestones that I can celebrate throughout the year, I think I’m going to shoot for a few huge goals that will take me almost all year to complete. Here they are:
1. Be Healthier
And by that I mean eat less sweets and more vegetables. The reason so many people fail at their new year’s resolutions is because they’re too broad. That’s why I’m breaking this one down a bit more and being specific about I want.
So my one, big goal for this resolutions is that I want to have at least one vegetable a day (which sounds small, but there are days when I get so busy that I only snack on peanut butter crackers for lunch and dinner). It seems like it should be easy, but I struggle finding vegetables I actually like, since I’m an incredibly picky eater with the taste buds of a five year old. So I’m excited to give this one a go since it’s a great excuse for me to try out some new recipes and hopefully have some great foods.
I also want to cut down eating desserts. I love baking and sweets so much that I know this might be a little bit more of a challenge, but I know I’m making the right choice. I’ll miss tasting them but it’ll make them so much better when I do treat myself.
2. Run a Marathon
Okay, so I do have one goal that I’ll be able to actually check of the list before the end of the year, but it’s something I’m serious about. I love running and I like having something that I’m working toward. Marathons are just that for me. They’re not only demanding both physically and emotionally, but they’re also time consuming.
Still I love this so much because I feel so powerful afterward. I love doing things that sometimes feel impossible, so of course I had to have this one on the list.
Actually, hopefully I’ll be able to run at least two this year. One this month (can’t believe it’s already almost here!) and hopefully one in the summer. The only reason running two isn’t my resolution is because I’m afraid that it will lead to me overtraining and actually getting injured. And everyone knows that injuries are no good for you.
So I’m so excited for this one and I’m sure you’ll be hearing lots about it again on the blog this year.
And speaking of running, my third resolutions is to…
3. Increase My Running Speed
This was one I actually worked on last year and managed to shave off almost 20 seconds from my average time. This year I’m shooting for taking my mile time down by an entire 30 seconds, which I know is incredibly ambitious, but I have my heart set on it.
For most of my running career I’ve focused on distances and getting in some serious miles, but this year I want to do speed training. I’ve proven to myself time and time again that I can go the distance, so it’s time for me to up the stakes.
I’ve already got a plan in place for after this marathon and even though I’m excited, I’m also a bit nervous about how this will work. But even though I know that I’m going to be exhausted after a lot of my runs, I’m actually really looking forward to this experience. I’ve been running distances for a while so it’s almost to the point where they aren’t as exhausting as they used to be and I know it’s crazy for me to want that exhausted, dead tired feeling, but I’m ready to face it again! Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than going to bed after knowing I put in a food workout that day, which I’m hoping speed drills will provide me with.
4. Read More
Last year I read about fifty books, which is pretty good considering how busy I keep my schedule. Still, I’m a huge book lover and I want to keep myself motivated to keep going. It can be easy for me to want to push reading aside when all my other work starts piling up, but I know that giving myself this goal to hold me accountable.
My resolution is to read sixty books. I still have thirteen to go for my reading challenge, but I’m hoping to perhaps read about eighteen before the end of the school year. Then I want to continue reading over the summer. I’m hoping to make a huge dent in my to be read list. If you guys have any suggestions for good reading, please let me know! I love reading books other people love.
And while I’m talking about reading, I want to mention that this goal actually has two parts. Not only do I want to read more novels, but I also want to start reading more blogs! This whole blogging adventure has been so much fun and I follow tons of people with amazing content, but I’m always hungry for me. Let me know who your favorite bloggers are in the comments below so I can find even more pages to get attached to!
5. Make New Friends
Making friends as an adult is a whole new ballgame when you become an adult and it’s not something I’ve actively addressed or pursued in years, which makes now the perfect time. This year I want to expand my horizons and start making new friends.
To reach this goal I’m going to start with the people at work. I’m friends with the people in my department, but I want to branch out into other departments and meet as many people as possible. To me, teaching is one of those few jobs where your work friends actually become you friend friends over time (you know, the kind you go out with after work and hangout with when you want to have a good time).
I’m looking forward to growing closer to the people I’m working with and developing relationships with.
These are my resolutions for 2019 and I’m so excited to get started on better myself. What are yo excited to accomplish this year? Let me know in the comments below.
Until our next adventure, stay curious.