2018 New Year’s Resolutions: Final Recap

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this can be attributed to losing weight, being more active, and lowering my stress by changing my environment and meditating.

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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!

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Lunchtime Reading: December 28

  1. Internally freaking out about “tech neck”, the newest thing that causes wrinkly skin. Oh boy. (Spine Health)
  2. If you are now as worried about your neck as I am, fear not: this skincare guide is a good intro. (The Everygirl)
  3. My sister got me Glow Recipe’s blueberry cleanser and wow is it amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Love this beginner’s guide to winter skincare. (The Work Edit)
  5. This is what happens when you don’t drink enough water. (Eat This Not That)
  6. Losing weight is hard, but you can make it easier by enlisting help from your doctor. (Very Well Fit)
  7. Can’t wait to try the 8 best beauty products from Trader Joe’s. (Barefoot Blonde)
  8. Thanks to Abra’s suggestion, I am now drooling over this beautiful workout jacket that’s on sale at Nordstrom!
  9. I just finished The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and loved it ๐Ÿ™‚
  10. 40 things you can do to be happier and healthier in 2019. (The Everygirl)

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Lunchtime Reading: December 21

  1. This morning travel routine looks so calming and soothing. It makes me want to start one for my own trips! (Hitha on the Go)
  2. My parents got me this Tyrolean cookbook for Christmas and I can’t wait to try out the recipes ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. This homebody gift guide is so luxurious and I love it! (Gal Meets Glam)
  4. What is Korean skincare and why is it so popular? (CNN)
  5. I started using this meditation app and it has worked wonders in the few days I’ve been using it. You have to pay after the five days, but it is so worth it!
  6. Old Navy’s luxe tees are my go-to for travelling. They are extremely comfortable and look expensive but are a complete steal!
  7. I hiked part of the Hardergrat this summer and I am already dreaming of going back. My hope is that next time I go back I can run the entire trail!
  8. This Mandala coloring book looks super relaxing and perfect for de-stressing.
  9. Why it’s important for everyone, but especially teachers, to take care of themselves during the holidays. (Concordia University- Portland)
  10. This eye-opening piece on self-care after surgery is a must-read for anyone who is healing, physically or otherwise. (Girls’ Night In)

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Lunchtime Reading: December 10

It’s December!!!! Arguably one of the best months of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ In honor of the holiday season being upon us, today’s lunchtime reading is all about Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  1. Have you ever wondered what happens to unsold Christmas trees? (USA Today)
  2. I am waiting with bated breath for this year’s Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog. To keep busy while we wait, here’s the one from last year. (Deadspin)
  3. Is this holiday dress from Gal Meets Glam practical? No. But is it lovely? Yes!!!
  4. The 23 best places to spend Christmas. (CN Traveler)
  5. A beautiful repository of Christmas cookie recipes. (Real Simple)
  6. I can’t wait to try out this neck pillow on my way home for the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. A gift guide for the person in your life who is always anxious or stressed out. (Refinery 29)
  8. Another gift guide!ย This one is for your friend who loves staying in as much as you do. (Girls’ Night In)
  9. The holidays aren’t easy for everyone. If they bring on feelings of stress or depression check out these tips for coping. (Mayo Clinic)
  10. This list ofย go-to holiday outfitsย will definitely be my guide as I pack to go back to Maryland! (The Everygirl)

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Lunchtime Reading: November 30

Happy Friday! Start the weekend early with these 10 fun things:

  1. I’ve been waiting all year for this and it’s finally here! Check out Into the Gloss’s Top 25 Beauty Products of 2018.
  2. The definitive Christmas Countdown Checklist for all your holiday season needs. (Real Simple)
  3. Fancy water bottles aren’t worth the money, but they may change your life. (Bloomberg)
  4. Speaking of which, I just ordered this teal Hydroflask and can’t wait for it to come in!
  5. The Everygirl’s holiday gift guide has something for everyone on your list. I really like this pink scarf and these cream slippers.
  6. Seven creative ways to give thanks this holiday season. (Gal Meets Glam)
  7. How Away made luggage an attainable status symbol. (CN Traveler)
  8. I can’t wait to try this Christmas Cookie Bars Recipe. (The Rebel Chick)
  9. The definitive guide to keeping your bathroom clean. (Into the Gloss)
  10. How to make the best of a long layover. (The Everygirl)

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Boring Self Care

I am a huge fan of self-care, but recently it’s been turned into a gimmicky marketing ploy used to sell expensive skincare products, weird stones to massage your face with, and $100 candles–all in the name of “self-care.” I was excited to find an art series about “boring” self-care: namely, things that actually promoted nurturing yourself instead of being a self-care consumer. Here are some of the ideas the artist included:

  • Made breakfast
  • Cleaned the toilet
  • Went outside
  • Realized I could not heal in the place I got sick
  • Curated my insta-feed to be positive
  • Opened a window
  • Brushed my teeth
  • Picked up my meds
  • Washed my hair
  • Drank enough water
  • Rested
  • Replied to emails/texts/DMs
  • Booked a doctor appointment
  • Showed up to appointment on time
  • Did the dishes
  • Got out of bed
  • Remembered to breathe
  • Survived a day at work
  • Brought snacks to work/school
  • Went food shopping
  • Put sunscreen on
  • Did my homework
  • Stuck to a healthy routine for me
  • Did a devotional
  • Vacuumed
  • Did not hang with people I donโ€™t like
  • Got an eye exam
  • Cut my toenails
  • Did my skincare routine
  • Changed my sheets
  • Let myself cry
  • Started a budget
  • Had compassion for myself
  • Went out in the sun
  • Said something nice to my body
  • Went for a blood test
  • Celebrated my period and took it easy
  • Did my banking
  • Attended to my dental care
  • Woke up and got out of bed at a reasonable hour
  • Opened my mail
  • Calculated my spoons
  • Had a cup of tea
  • Sorted my paperwork
  • Opened the curtains
  • Went to bed at a reasonable hour
  • Wore day clothes in the day and night clothes at night
  • Went to a fellowship meeting
  • Learned to identify when I am self-sabotaging
  • Took my medicine as prescribed
  • Put the recycling out
  • Did my laundry, took it down, and put it away
  • Made my bed
  • Was honest about how I feel
  • Met with friends
  • Cooked and ate a nourishing meal
  • Had a shower
  • Went to therapy
  • Made that important call Iโ€™ve been putting off
  • Made a list of early warning signs and things that help for my mental illness
  • Picked my underwear up off the floor
  • Practiced good sleep hygiene
  • Engaged in my hobby
  • Asked for help

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My 12 Favorite Fall Activities

This might be a basic opinion to have, but I loooove fall! From the colorful leaves to the delicious seasonal drinks to finally getting to wear sweaters again, I just can’t get enough. Here are the twelve activities I’m enjoying the most this fall:

  1. Apple-picking (and baking afterward!)
  2. Going for a hike or drive to see the leaves
  3. Eating and drinking all things pumpkin
  4. Dressing up and handing out Halloween candy
  5. Going shopping for back to school supplies and new clothes
  6. Making a blanket fort and watching old movies
  7. Going to a corn maze or hayride
  8. Having a bonfire and roasting s’mores
  9. Go pumpkin picking at a local farm
  10. Watching Harry Potter
  11. Hosting a Friendsgiving potluck
  12. Decorating the house for fall

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