New Year, Improving You

 

Today is the last day of 2018. It's time to reflect on the past 365 days and create resolutions for 2019. There are always a mix of responses when it comes to making resolutions. Some people love them, some people don't make them, and some people just don't think too much about them. I am the first of those three. I love to make resolutions. Not because I see it as a time to become a "new me", but because it is a dedicated occasion to refocus my intentions. The strict dictionary definition of an intention is "a determination to act in a certain way". In terms of oneself, an intention is something you mean to do, whether you pull it off or not. It brings about the act of working towards a goal, while being more forgiving than a resolution. The idea of intention honors effort and process, not just results.

Ideas, goals, and self-improvements don't just happen, you have to make them happen. That's what New Years Resolutions are all about, improving yourself. Take this time to set intentions for the next year, rather than reflecting on some habits from the past. Here are my intentions for 2019!

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Be Active 4 Times a Week

Being active is essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. Having dedicated time where I can push myself physically refreshes me mentally. Normally, I do either yoga or soul cycle three times a week. Increasing to four days will give me a purpose to go consistently, rather than telling myself "I'm too busy, there's always tomorrow." You can't go from 0 to 100 over night, there's no reason to.

Self-Reflection: Bullet Journal Daily

I LOVE to bullet journal. But this previous semester I found myself skipping a day or two when I knew what homework was planned for the week. But to make sure I'm always on top of things, I want to write in it daily. I intend to utilize the bullet journal to its full capacity beyond a homework tracker: keeping track of the workouts I've accomplished, daily water intake (intention below), and other intentions along the way. Journaling will help to refocus my priorities. Taking time to do what I love is important, even if it is just 10 minutes of journaling.

Drink (more) water

Drinking 64oz of water a day is hard for me to maintain. I'm hoping that by tracking it in my planner and making a conscious effort, it'll be easier for me to stay hydrated. I want to do this to balance my coffee to water intake. Hopefully, I'll stay hydrated and not just caffeinated. Maybe I also slightly, sorta, kinda, blame Loreali Gilmore for allowing me to think running on coffee is a normal and acceptable part of life.

I hope that this post inspired some resolutions for you. I'd love to hear them down below. I'll see you all in 2019!