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.
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