I used to think that resolutions were dumb, and part of me still might. I get the whole it’s-the-start-of-a-new-year thing, but people always put pressure on themselves or just give up come February. (But, you ask, how else would gyms get people to sign up in January for memberships?)
I’m trying to be good to myself and also hold myself accountable for things. Because I feel like I’m at a good place in my life, and I want to take advantage of it. I think my resolutions are fairly reasonable and attainable, so why not share them with the Internet?
Read at least two books per month
I fell off the reading wagon for a little while, but I’m back on it. I normally read before I go to bed and can probably read a few chapters at a time. (I did finish one book in about four days over break.) I think two books a month is reasonable, plus I always get the books from the new section at my town library and they’re due back in three weeks. (Yes, I know you can renew books, but the last time I tried to renew a “new” book, it was already on hold for someone else, so I’m scarred from that.)
(Also, add me on Goodreads!)
Survive my first 10k
Self-explanatory. I’m half looking forward to the race and half nervous. My boss and one of my co-workers normally run the race, and my friend said she’d come support me. But all I’ve heard is that it’s a really hilly race course and to pace myself. And don’t take any road sodas from spectators. (It’s a St. Patrick’s Day race…)
Be better about motivating myself to run
I’m aiming to run two to three times a week, whether it’s on the track in the field house on campus, on the treadmill, or outside. More often than not, I dread running—especially when I decide to do it on Saturday mornings—so I’m not setting myself up for success. I forced myself to run on Christmas Eve and hated every minute of it, which made the run really bad.
I have to be open to running and stick to my schedule. And also listen to my body if I’m just not feeling it. Hopefully being consistent and slowly increasing my distance will help me.
Use my smoothie maker more
We bought a Ninja blender a few years ago, and I don’t use it as much as I should. My dad has two gardens in our backyard during the summer, and he grows blackberries and raspberries. I could use those in the smoothies along with some frozen fruit from the grocery store. Do you guys have any easy smoothie recipes you use? I’m going to check out Pinterest for some.
Work on my story at least twice a week
After NaNoWriMo, I got further in my story but fell off once I hit December. I’m aiming to work on it two times a week. The entire story is planned out—I’m working on chapters 13 and 14 right now—and I know how it ends, so it’s not like there’s any mystery. But similar to running, there are times when I feel like I’m in the groove and other times when I don’t even want to touch it because I’ll make it worse.
Continue to track my spending
My new job has a bunch of benefits, which includes the ability to go on my own medical and dental insurance. It’s pretty affordable for me, and it’ll be coming out of my paycheck. I’m getting used to being paid every two weeks instead of every week, but my checks are still split between my checking and saving accounts. And I’m still paying my student loans, car payments, car insurance, rent to my parents, and credit card.
Back in this post, I shared now I kept track of my credit card and cash spending. It’s definitely helped to see what I’m spending money on, mostly when it comes to cash. My credit card is used for gas, if I need to buy something online, and my chiropractor appointments. I use cash for everything else, so I like to know where it’s all going.
Get better about putting things away
I have a bad habit of leaving things out and putting them away like a month later. One great example of this is my laundry. I’ll let it pile up after it’s washed and folded to be put away; it ends up on my desk chair, and I dread having to put it away. If something has a home, I need to put it back there within a reasonable amount of time. Because if I don’t, everything just ends up piling up on my desk.
Dabble in makeup more
I really don’t know how to use makeup—it’s a lot like the blind leading the blind—and I’ve been using the basics for years. Whether or not I’m using them properly, TBD. I’m not going to venture into eye shadow or anything fancy, but lately I’ve been thinking about lip stick or lip gloss. I’d want something that isn’t too expensive, and something that won’t look too dramatic. I’d most likely wear it to work, so I don’t think I need a bold red lip every day. Anyone more experienced with makeup have suggestions?
Oh, and I chopped off a bunch of my hair. Because why not? (Well, it was actually getting really annoying and too long for my liking.)
You can’t see it in the picture but it’s lighter on the top and underneath on the sides, sort of a mix of blond/caramel/light brown.
Happy 2019! 🙂 Do you believe in resolutions? If so, what are some of them? Do you stick with your resolutions?