Get more involved in 2 community groups: I’m currently in the middle of student teaching, which takes a ton of my time and energy. I don’t have a ton left in me to spend on getting to know new people and going to lots of social events sadly. However, I have gotten more involved in my church community by helping with children’s ministry, volunteering as the Preschool Group Leader for Vacation Bible School this summer, and hanging with some friends outside of church. I really look forward to continuing to expand my involvement once student teaching is over, but for now I’m just focused on maintaining current relationships.
Drink enough water: I haven’t been tracking this for the last 6 months, but I’m going to start again for the last quarter of the year and kick butt at it!
Visit 2 new countries: I visited the Azores (part of Portugal) in June with one of my friends from undergrad. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to knock Mexico off my list before the end of the year, but if not it won’t be the end of the world.
Clean my room/apartment for at least 10 minutes a day: Again, I haven’t been tracking this for the last 6 months. I think if I can do this every night it will help me stay grounded and will make my home a more relaxing place to be.
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.