This past year has had its ups and downs for me. I like to think that the good things outweighed the bad–my best friend got married, the two of us and another best friend all turned 30, I headed to Portland, OR for Christmas, and then ended the year with some of my favorite people, drinking and dancing to the wee hours of the morning. (Also, I made cinnamon rolls, from scratch, for Christmas, which was a huge accomplishment, so…yay, me.)
2016 is going to be a great year. I don’t normally make resolutions, but I’m going to make a few this year, if only because the New Year is a great time to start fresh.
1. Get back on a healthy track. I stopped working out and started eating junk in the fall because the stress of my moving situation and work got to be too much. I knew that I had gained some weight from that, but it wasn’t until I had a doctor’s appointment at the end of November that it really hit me–I was ten pounds heavier than I thought I was, my cholesterol is high, my muscle tone is disappearing, I have no endurance. I tried on a new bathing suit and almost cried because I looked horrible. (I did take a picture and it didn’t look as bad the next day, but still.) I need to work on my cooking and meal planning, and I will be starting back up on Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 three days a week.
2. Focus on paying off debts and mindful spending. The retail therapy is real, and the holidays did not help. Now that my stress has gone down considerably, I plan to focus on identifying wants vs. needs as well as being more thoughtful of what I buy (where will I store this, how often–realistically–will it get used, what will this go with?).
3. Focus on me. I’ve never really had the chance to do this. I have a tendency to try to take care of others and let it stress me out, when I really need to focus more internally and put myself first. I need to put myself out there and take chances, laugh more, and relax more. I started working on this recently–one of my flight attendants had amazing eyebrows and I had to let her know. I told just about every woman at the bar(s) last night that she was beautiful. All I can do is get my shit together and live life like I mean it.