DC is no longer the stuffy political town it once was; a new Washington has emerged– one that not only keeps up with trends but sets them. This change from stodgy to adventurous is apparent most obviously in Washington’s burgeoning foodie scene. Here are my favorite places to eat when I’m in the city!
Just like that, 2019 is already a quarter of the way done! A lot has happened in the last few months, and I’ve made some progress towards my New Year’s Resolutions. I’m already looking forward to doing this check in at the 6-month mark to see the progress I’ll make in the next 3 months! Here’s how things are going so far:
Get more involved in the community: I’ve done a pretty solid job getting more involved in my church and work communities, but haven’t made as much progress in my grad school community. For church, I went to an epiphany women’s brunch in February and have started getting to know some of the girls from church. At work, I stuck around after work for a staff appreciation brunch and also went to a party at one of the teacher’s houses. This makes me happy! I want to keep getting to know the people I work with because they’re so great. For grad school, I’ve gotten to know one of my teachers a little better and I might be going to a party at the end of the semester with some friends, but nothing concrete yet. Going to work on this though!
Clean my room for 10 mins a day: I’ve been decently successful at this one. I hit the goal 80% of the time in January, 64% in February, and 70% in March. I don’t always do it at the same time every day which I think is part of the reason why it isn’t an automatic habit yet. For the next three months, I’m going to try doing it right before bed each night to see if that helps it become a little more ingrained.
Drink enough water: I have been struggling with this one. I hit the goal 45% of the time in January, 35% in February, and 11% in March. What makes this goal tough is that in order to hit the goal in a way that is actually beneficial to my body, I have to be drinking consistently throughout the day– it’s not something I can just get done in one fell swoop. To make this more achievable, I’m setting some micro goals:
Drink 16 oz water first thing in the morning when I wake up
Drink 50 oz water before 1pm
Drink another 50 oz before 9pm
Visit 2 new countries: No new countries visited yet, but some are in the works! I booked tickets to visit the Azores (part of Portugal) with my friend Bronwen in June and July. I’m really looking forward to it! Mexico might still happen, but I’m also cognizant of the fact that Tijuana can be a really dangerous place. If I go, I want to make sure I plan it well.
Last year I set 4 resolutions for 2018, and they proved to be an amazing source of motivation. They inspired me to become healthier, braver, and more self-aware. In light of that, I am setting 4 new resolutions for 2019! Here is what I am going to be working towards this year:
Visit 2 new countries: As I’ve mentioned before, travelling makes me feel alive and happy. Last year I learned some important lessons while travelling: that I am more capable than I realize, that no matter how far I travel my insecurities and habits will always come with me, that being able to be content alone is a precondition for being able to truly love someone. Given how valuable travel has been in my life, I want to continue to invest in it (and therefore invest in myself). Some of the places I’ve thought of visiting include Germany, Mexico, Iceland, and South Korea.
Clean my apartment for 10 minutes each night: I was talking with a friend yesterday and we were discussing how cleaning our homes inspires us to be more self-disciplined in other ways: eating healthier, going to sleep earlier, working out, etc. This is what Charles Duhigg would call a “keystone habit.” Given the power of keystone habits to inspire other positive change, I’m excited to try adopting this cleaning routine into my life!
Drink enough water every day: According to the nutrition plan I started last June, drinking water is a super important part of being healthy (and losing weight). This program says that people should use the following formula to determine how much water they should be drinking: person’s weight (lbs) * 2 = oz. of water to be consumed. This is harder than it seems! But considering how successful this program is for people, I really believe it is a good thing to do and I am committed to making it happen.
Becoming involved in 2 social groups: Moving to a new city last year was a huge and amazing step in my life! Anybody can move to a new city– the real effort comes in jumping whole-heartedly into a new life somewhere and having the courage to start over. The easiest way to do get involved in the community is through specific groups. I’ve already joined a church and am in graduate school, so these are great places to start! To become “more involed,” I want to spend more time with the people in these groups, do more things outside of our regularly scheduled meetings, and be more generous with my time and energy.
365 days ago, I set 4 goals that I wanted to accomplish in 2018. I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions countless times before and haven’t stuck with them, but this year I was really committed to making them happen. And I did! I met all of them except one, and even on the one I failed to complete I still made progress. What made this year so much more successful than other years? I think two things: 1) I set goals that were a stretch but still attainable and 2) I set goals that I believe in. Here are the 4 goals I set and how well I achieved them over the course of 2018:
Log everything I eat: This I was able to do! I started a nutrition program called the 2B Mindset back in June and I absolutely love it. There are only four guidelines that you have to follow: drink lots of water, eat lots of veggies, track all your food, and weigh yourself daily. Following this program has made logging my food become an automatic thing I just do which I think is a great habit to have. The program is also super sustainable because it’s not some crazy fad diet that’s really restrictive– it’s just a few tweaks that make eating healthy and losing weight easy!
Resting heart rate below 60: I didn’t achieve this one, sadly! However, I did bring my resting heart rate from 71 bpm in January to 65 bpm as I’m writing this at the end of December. It’s not perfect, but it’s still progress 🙂 I think this can be attributed to losing weight, being more active, and lowering my stress by changing my environment and meditating.
Travel to five new countries: Completed! I visited Ireland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. 6 countries total and 5 of them were new. I think this is the most countries I’ve been to in a single year. I wonder if I’ll ever top that?
Move to a new city: Done! I moved from DC to San Diego in August and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love the culture, my grad school, my friends, the beach, the weather…pretty much everything!
Setting these resolutions pushed me to be more self-disciplined, to try things outside of my comfort zone, and to ultimately grow in leaps and bounds. It was an extremely positive experience and I can’t wait to set resolutions for 2019 and see how I continue to grow and change!