I do set resolutions (or goals or plans or whatever you would like to call them) every new year. Some years they are a list of tasks (like making my bed every day) and some years they are broader, like last year’s plan to just believe it was going to be a the best year ever. I read last year’s New Year’s post this morning. I had almost forgotten how optimistic and blindly determined that it was going to be awesome. And the thing is, it was. I believed in school, took a chance that a job offer in another state was the right one, believed Doug was just the man for me and waited for him to believe it too. 2013 was a really beautiful year for me and I go into 2014 wanting very little. I am going to continue the idea of picking a word to prescribe the fate of the new year. This year it is HEALTH.
This isn’t a resolution to be a lower number on a scale, which have dictated years of my resolutions. This is about overall health, and in some unexpected places. I have two overall Health goals and then some monthly task goals…
It’s about Financial Health. It’s time for this gal to get her money stuff together. I created a budget, set up a tracking system, and am working on the mindset that I don’t need to buy my loved ones off just so they know I love them.
It’s about Mental Health. This one is embarrassing and personal – and something I’ve said before, which is really why it’s embarrassing. My friend Claire once told me I’d struggle staying on the “crazy pill”, aka Zoloft, my whole life. That I’d stop and restart taking it for years. Eventually I would learn I just need to stay with it. I thought I’ve been there before – but still spent some significant chunks of 2013 self diagnosing. That’s done. I’m a better person on the pills and on them I will stay.
In 2013 I also learned that you can’t throw everything at a wall and expect it to stick. I read the book The Happiness Project last year and was inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s year long plan broken out into monthly tasks. I remember wanting to implement her plan, but needed to find a way to personalize it and not just take her initiatives. I was struck with the idea to explore different aspects of healthy living through 2014 in different month long chunks. Each month will have a fitness focus, a habit focus and a soul (creative & spiritual) focus. I’ve started sketching out what the year holds…
The fitness column is a specific workout type activity that I want to try, want to get back to, etc. For example, I’ve wanted to try spinning, so one month I’ll take a couple classes a week and try it out. Jan and Feb are pre-destined to be running focused because of the 10K/Half Marathons at Disney.
The habit column picks up a healthy habit: flossing! moisturizing! 1 hr of tv a night!
The Soul column is a strange catch all for creative and spiritual undertakings. I want to go to Yoga, take another calligraphy class and take pretty pictures of food again.
Most of the rows aren’t in market yet. I have post-its with ideas and want to keep the plans kind of fluid. I would hate to commit to Spinning classes in March only to find out the group class schedule doesn’t match up with my work schedule or something. So, I’ll have to firm some things up as the year goes on, but I also think that’s the right way to do it. Setting a plan in stone on January 1 may not be the best way to keep this plan up all year. Hard to plan for a whole year. Something it’s taken years for me to be able to say.
Fitness: Running – preparing for the Tink 10K and Half in just a couple weeks!
Habit: Moisturize. That may sound funny, but I’m not getting any younger and I have so much lotion around the house. I get super dry skin in the winter. This was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of general 2014 resolutions in December.
Soul: Nourish self with real food. I completed the Whole30 in November and never felt better. Confident, energetic, rested…that’s why this went in the Soul column. I’d like to start the year by making sure I can reach that inner Sarah stuff and I can’t if I’m mad about what I’m eating or feeling gross. I can’t say that I’m starting the Whole30 strictly again right now because I haven’t come up with great pre-race or during race running substitutions for whole wheat tortillas, gatorade or Swedish fish candy. So, 98% of the time I’ll be eating that way. (Had an awesome thyme braised beef stew with mashed cauliflower tonight for dinner, courtesy of Well Fed 2!)
Be healthy, be happy, be you.
Happy 2014 blog-land.