Happy Friday everyone!
Can you believe 2018 is upon us? Do you have a list of resolutions ready?
Now I never used to make resolutions. I found them clichéd, cheesy and truth be told any changes I had attempted to make in the past would be broken by February (If I was lucky to get even that far). If I didn’t get instant results my refreshed optimism would soon be met with frustration and disappointment and I would quit. But a lot has changed in the last year. Motherhood woke me up. 2017 has given me time to figure out who I am and what I want to do with my life going forward.
Unfortunately, I haven’t figured it all out yet but I do know this: I want to be better. Better for Ethan. Better for Adam. Better for me. Rome wasn’t built in a day but I’ve given myself ten resolutions that are small(ish), realistic and achievable.
So without further ado here they are:
- I will lose more weight and get to goal. I have come a long way with Weight Watchers but my journey is far from over. I don’t know my exact weight (weigh in is tomorrow) but I know I have at least another 15 pounds left. Let’s be real for a second. Living beyond the scale with weight watchers has been such an amazing and liberating experience. It is important to pay attention to other aspects of the journey. But remember, this journey is very different for everybody. For me, numbers are important. They help me figure out how far I’ve come and allow me to set goals for myself. I know they aren’t everything but I would be lying if I said that I don’t care. Because I do.
- Try a new activity. 2017 was the year I fell in love with Zumba (I will blog about this love soon). I got my groove back, however awkward, and has been the best thing for me to get moving and healthy. While I am definitely sticking to Zumba, my goal for 2018 is to try something new that is challenging, gets the heart rate up and is FUN. I might attempt to try running again but to be honest I just found it so boring (#unpopularopinions). Have any ideas? Send me suggestions.
- I will learn to say no. I am a recovering people pleaser. It is so draining trying to live up to what people want you to be. It’s exhausting giving in and bending over backwards for people who just take advantage. While I enjoy making people happy I don’t need to be liked by everyone. It’s not going to happen so I’m kind of over trying all the time. Boundaries are cool.
- I will learn to say yes. A little contradicting but I will learn to say yet to fear and to trying new things. Sometimes the greatest things can happen when you are pushed out of your comfort zone.
- I will stop procrastinating and manage my time better. This one has always been a challenge. Focus has never been a strong skill but I am determined to move forward by setting smaller measurable goals to help me kick this awful habit. With the help of my trusty bullet journal, I have it all set up for the new year, complete with habit tracker and time management log. I’m a nerd and I’m okay with that.
- Overcome my fear of cooking. Honestly, I have big shoes to fill. Both my grandmothers were incredible in the kitchen. My mom makes a brisket that is just mouth-watering. And yet, I am afraid I will poison someone. I haven’t yet, but that’s because my “cooking” has been the following: buy precooked BBQ chicken from loblaws or preheat oven for boxed frozen entrée. Or of course, who needs to cook when you can cater? Yyyyyeah no. The time has come to experiment and explore food creations but I promise to test it out a few times before I try to feed you, mmmkay?
- Learn to drive. I learned to drive a few years ago. I somehow miraculously got my G2 without practice. I’m glad I let it expire. But I’m not. I’m scared to drive. Afraid of accidents, icy roads, hitting animals and of course the fact that I can’t control the other idiots on the road. But this is non negotiable. The reality is it’s completely unfair to have Adam driving all the time. I also want to be available to step up in the case of an emergency. I know I can do it. I know it’s not too late but this is a pretty big one.
- Stop apologizing. Is it the fact I’m Canadian or due to the fact I’m a recovering people pleaser (see #3). I apologize all the time and have a serious case of sorry syndrome. This one might also take some time but I’m going to be more mindful. #sorrynotsorry
- Be kind, honest and patient. I promise to be more kind to myself. When things don’t go the way I want, I intend to go easy and allow myself the time to heal but then move on. I’m going to be honest with the things I don’t want and try to allow myself time and patience to write the next chapter of my life.
- Blog. Blog. Blog. I have jumped head first into this and promise myself to keep creating content.
So this is it. My lovely and unapologetic list of resolutions for 2018. What are some of your resolutions? Please share them below and be sure to follow me on my social media(s). We can keep each other accountable this year!
Ciao for now!
CURRENT SOUNDTRACK IN MY MIND:
Great Big World “This is the New Year”
Sigrid “Don’t Kill My Vibe”