When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I definitely ride the January bandwagon. So full of hope and promise at the beginning, but fully slacking off by month’s end. I was recently talking with one of my best friends about the art of the follow through, and she mentioned a New York Times article that discusses this very idea, and how to make resolutions that stick around for the long haul.
The key is to make your resolutions SMART. That is, to set specific, measurable, attainable ways that you can achieve your goal within a certain timeframe (side note: getting sudden flashbacks to strategy planning classes during my grad school days). For me, one of the joys of a new year is being able to hit the reset button and take a fresh new approach to different areas of my life.
There are so many things I want to do this year; below is just a small sampling. It’s very ambitious, and to be honest, these are more dreams and aspirations rather than SMART goals, but I’m so excited about what 2019 holds!
Get better at fitness & healthy living
- Work out 3-4 times a week, mixing activities like Orangetheory, yoga, spin or taking my dog on an extra long walk.
- Find the joy in cooking. I love baking, but cooking is much more of a chore than it is fulfilling. My goal is to find a solid rotation of meals that I not only enjoy eating, but enjoy cooking as well.
Read at least 19 books this year
- I love reading, but lately it just hasn’t been a priority. Now that I’m not in grad school, working several jobs or in the middle of a move anymore, I’d like to devote more of my free time to reading. Plus, my local library makes it easy to get books on my Kindle with its ebook program. Help keep me accountable by following me on Goodreads!
Explore more of the world around me
- I just moved back to Charlottesville a little over a year ago. I love this town, but since I was a student the last time I was here, I need to spend some time relearning it and experiencing it as an adult. Totally different lifestyle.
- I travel to the DC area a lot. I’d like to leverage these trips in 2019 even more, by making sure I try more restaurants and go to more events.
- One of the best things I did in 2018 was travel to Europe. I hope to add a lot more travel to my list this year, both domestically and internationally.
Pursue passion projects that spark joy
Whether it’s volunteering, decorating, photographing or just going down the rabbit hole on the latest Boston Globe Spotlight piece or a new investigative podcast, I want 2019 to be full of new and creative endeavors that broaden my horizons.
2018 was an amazing year full of so many highs: I went to Europe for the first time, attended my five year college reunion, watched some of my best friends get married, and really began to make my house feel like a home. I’m ready to take this momentum into the new year, and can’t wait to see what comes next. Cheers to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2019!