New Year’s Resolutions – 2018
“It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
“True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.”
~ Brianna Wiest, this Thought Catalog piece
As I’ve spent the last month or so reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to this next year, this idea of our choices being what defines us continues to pop up all over the place and resonate so strongly with me. How I choose to spend my money, my time. Who I choose to spend my time with. How I choose to earn my living. These are all my choices and if any one of those things isn’t making me happy, I can choose to change it and do something different. That’s not to say that these choices are easy and that change isn’t hard; they aren’t always and it sometimes is. But we still have the power to make choices and it’s these things that define us – not how badly we want to be out of debt, not how much we wish we could travel, not what relationships (friend, family, romantic) we feel stuck in. It’s how we choose to respond, how we choose to act.
With that in mind, and believing that it’s not only important, but crucial, to set actionable goals that are specific in their intention and their timing, I’ve picked a few broad themes for 2018 (financial health, self-care vs. self-sabotage, and forever learning), and have drilled those down to a handful of specific and actionable resolutions. I also believe that we evolve and shift, so you’ll notice that the last resolution is the commitment to checking in on my goals each month as the year goes on, acknowledging progress, and shifting anything that needs shifting.
- Save $1,000 to an emergency fund by June 1, 2018.
- Save 3 months’ expenses by December 1, 2018.
- Graduate from IIN (July-August) and launch a coaching business.
- Do one new activity/take one new class each month: cooking class, dance class, language class, visit a new state park, hike somewhere new, etc.
- Read the books I currently own before buying any new ones. When those are read, do book swaps with friends and utilize the library before buying new books.
- Check in each month with these goals. Identify progress, confirm priorities, adjust, recalibrate, and move forward.
I have no health, fitness, or dietary goals this year, other than to maintain good habits, because I spent last year establishing my own baseline for what my personal health means. I fell in love with the community and the challenge of Orange Theory Fitness. I experimented with SO many dietary changes, recipes, and new foods and I’m constantly evolving my home cooking and healthy eating. I know what my “back to baseline” is when it comes to getting any levels of depression or anxiety under control. I know when I need to meditate, write, read, be alone, be with loved ones, study something, release something.
I worked with a health coach all of last year to create new habits, identify what changes I wanted to make in my life, and learn how to amplify the things that were working and going well. Having always felt called to some form of teaching, coaching and helping other people find their own happiness and health, I decided to go through the same certification program and I’m now halfway through my own certification as a Holistic Health Coach. I’m leaning towards a focus on goals, habit-change, nutrition, and creating challenges that inspire us to have fun while being extraordinarily kind to ourselves.
I’ll be taking my first clients soon, starting with consultations in January. More details to come, but if this is something that sounds interesting to you, hit me up! Leave a comment below or send me a message, and I’ll be in touch!
Happy New Year!