2018 is HERE! New Resolutions and 2017 Wrap-Up

Okay, so it's 2018.

Pow. Just like that. I'm so ready for it. I just have a feeling this will be my year. I've felt this for a long time, too. It's like I've always known that 27-28 years old would be bomb. I'm also pretty sure 34 will be bomb, but I'm not quite there yet. Anyway, 2018 is happening and I'm ready. 



Let's take a look back at 2017 though...

Last year, rather than setting specific actions for my resolutions, I set an intention for the year. My intention was ABUNDANCE. I wanted abundance in my career. I wanted abundance in my social group. 

Well, I got it. I spent the last year working my tail off for my jobs. I switched paths a lot, but eventually figured it out and feel confident in what I do, now. I worked long hours with no pay on projects for Ignite. I spent every second of spare time on work. You probably see where this is going...

I need a break. I'm burning out. Hence the reason for my 2018 resolutions:

1. Read one book per month

2. Travel once per month

3. Cook my way through my Pinterest board

4 Spend more time outdoors


I need time for myself. Time for me to learn and grow as an individual. So, this year, my focus is on joy and flow.


I will find my joy and flow alongside it. 


I have a method for creating my resolutions. Here it is...


Step 1: Get a journal and some pens.

Get nice ones. This matters. Psychology tells us that perception is possibly the most important part of completing goals and reaching our dreams. Treat your goals like they are valuable (BECAUSE THEY ARE) and your brain will be more focused on them. If we place just as much value in the goal-setting process as we do in the actual achievement of the goal, we are more likely to succeed. So, get nice pens. Get nice paper. You deserve it. 


Step 2: Write down what you want. 

Make it as specific or as broad as you'd like. We will be simplifying in the next step. 


Step 3: For each of the "wants," ask yourself "What can I DO to make this happen? What ACTION will I take?"

Statistically, only a small percentage of people who make new year's resolutions actually keep them. I think that's because people focus on the end goal more than the ACTIONS involved in completing the goal. For example, if you want to lose weight, don't tell yourself your resolution is "to lose weight." Instead, your resolutions may be things like "Only eat fast food once per week," "Attend 4 exercise classes each week," or "Stay under my calorie limit every day." Giving yourself an ACTION to DO is easier to enforce and track than judging yourself based on the idealized end goal. 


Step 4: GTFO and start DOING it. 

journal for joy


It's been a busy last few months. I've been feeling kind of down and needed some time to just be with myself. I've been working a lot, but all of the work feels like money work and not passion work. I'm drained. 

It's finally my favorite time of year. November and December are filled with birthdays and holidays and Snow Queen performances and although it's helping to boost my spirits a bit, it still feels different this year. I feel like the weight of adulting is hitting me hard. I feel trapped and slow, like i'm running through waist-deep water. 

I have been thinking a lot about what has changed and what is missing from my life right now. Although I am making more money, and that reduces a lot of stress, I am not making time for myself to do what I love. I keep skipping yoga. I've only been for a bike ride once. 

I need to make a change and get my flow back. I need to prioritize my freedom and my creativity. Here's what is important to me and what I will focus on going forward. These are my new year resolutions, but I'm starting them now. There's no reason to wait until the new year. 


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1. Read more.

A few years ago I made it my goal to read a book a month and it was bomb.com. I want to do that again. I've been reading the same book since August, and I have decided I will finish it this month and get back on track with reading. 


2. More yoga.

I am buying a class pass for my fav yoga studios and the goal is to go twice a week. I want to be stronger. I want to be calmer. Yoga FTW.


3. Cook more.

I really enjoy cooking. I like that when I'm cooking it's hard to multitask. I am focused and it slows me down. I have a whole Pinterest board of recipes I want to try, and I just got the Oh She Glows! Cookbook, so my goal is to make a new recipe every week. I don't cook at home very often, so once a week for a new recipe is a good goal for me. 


4. More walks.

I read this article one time about how we focus so much of our social time on eating, but we should go for more walks. I like that. As a dance therapist, I know that movement directly affects your brain. Walking gets your brain moving and increases communication skills, patience, creativity, and is just generally good for keeping your brain alive. 


I want to end this little ditty with the things I already do that I want to continue. The things that excite me and keep me flowing. 

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1. Drink tea.

I love tea. I love collecting different kinds. I love creating a perfect brew. More tea. Always.

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2. Travel

I have been lucky to travel quite a bit in the last six months. I've never been one to take trips, but lately I've had a good mix of business and pleasure travel and I really want to keep it up. My adventurous, Sagittarius spirit needs it.


3. Dance

I've been able to perform a lot and create a lot. I need to keep it up. Dance is my first love and I sometimes take it for granted. 


What are your goals? What do you want to add or subtract?

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