Saturday, January 2, 2016

Resolutions 2016

I can't believe that it's 2016 already! 2015 was busy and went by quickly. I didn't even blog during the year! I'm going to start out this blog with some reflection before diving into my resolutions. I feel like it's important to know where you came from in order to go forward. I found this on Pinterest and I'm going to use it to organize my thoughts on the year.

10 Highlights
-Bought a house
-Started working in the homeless field
-Renewed relationships with my family that had previously been toxic
-Finished the McMenamins passport
-Our friends, Tracy and Jess, and Lacey and Josh, visited us from Texas
-Participated in 6 themed pub crawls (St. Patrick's Day, Waldo, Zombie, Ugly Sweater and two Santa crawls)
-Saw Passion Pit and Weezer in concert
-Hung out with friends from high school
-Traveled all around Oregon and Washington with my hubby and amazing friends
-Threw a few successful parties (Easter Brunch, Halloween, Empty House Party and game/taco night)

10 Disappointments
-Gained about 15 pounds
-Never learned how to play the Ukulele
-Didn't prioritize resolutions
-Joined the gym, but have only gone once a week on average
-Didn't stick to the budget
-Became a part of the Portland culture to drink at like every event (like seriously, this city has a billion fests devoted to drinking and it's become toxic)
-Played on my phone too much
-Didn't make enough time for mindfulness
-Failed to complete the 18 Forest Park hikes that I set out to do at the beginning of the year
-Packed weekends so full that I was exhausted by the beginning of the work week
-Let my self-worth be tied to my weight and physical abilities

3 Game Changers
-We bought a house!!!! This took up all of our summer and the beginning of fall with house tours, paperwork, inspections, moving, etc.
-I was unemployed for the first two months of the year, so a big focus was finding a job. During this time I became listless, practiced some incredibly negative self-talk and it negatively affected my relationship with my husband.
-My grandfather passed away. We were close and I miss him. Especially now that it's an election year. I loved talking politics with my grandfather! He taught me so much about politics and I respect the hell out of him!

3 Things You Focused On
-Getting a job
-Buying a house
-Learning all I could about working in homeless services

3 Things You Forgot
-Keep a food and exercise diary
-To be present

I wouldn't take anything back from this year. I can admit that were things that I wish I did, but those disappointments just gave me fuel for the following year. No one is perfect! I won't beat myself up for what I did wrong. Instead, I will lift myself up and shift my focus this year.

2016 Resolutions
-Exercise at least three times a week for 20 minutes unless sick or on vacation. It could be walking, going to the gym, lifting weights, yoga, videos at home, anything that gets my heart rate going!
-Improve self-esteem. I have a workbook to help me and my goal is to complete it and use the skills learned in the workbook throughout the rest of the year. 
-Eat 6-8 servings of fruits and veggies. I'll have to learn serving sizes at first then I'll plan my days to ensure this happens.
-Prioritize nature over drinking. I want to hike more and go to less fests and events that are solely about drinking. I had a ton of fun this past year attending pub crawls, fests, game and beer nights, etc, but it really detoured from my exploration of my surroundings.
-Have another no-spend month like Jon and I did a few years ago. We were thinking February since it's the shortest month! Hehe :)
-Reserve my time for things that are important to me like rest, dates with the hubby, exercise and hiking. We use a Google calendar to schedule events and appointments, but I'd like to get into the habit of scheduling other things so that I respect my own time.
-Eat foods from other countries. I'm going to get a map and mark countries as I try food from their culture!
-Practice better self-care. I think that the majority of my goals will help reach this one, but I still wanted to include it since it should be a focus every year. I'm in a tough field and it's so important that I nurture myself or I'll burnout quickly.
-Enlist support. My husband has been the best supporter of my goals, but he has goals too and so I'd like to be more bold about talking to friends, family and coworkers about my needs. I'd like to be more upfront that eating out all time, going drinking and going to pricey events is tough on my budget, weight, and goals. My goal is to text my friends and invite them to hikes, to making fun and healthy meals together, going on picnics, etc.

I can do this! And so can you! What are your goals this year? Is there anything that I can do to help? I'm here for you :)

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