After reviewing the fifteen goals I set for 2014 (and only achieving two of them), I realized the need to scale back on so many ambitious, betterment goals. For 2015, I’ve chosen five, simple and relatively achievable objectives. Allow me to elaborate:
1. Create and stick to a bedtime ritual – I fall asleep on the couch more times a week than I’d like to admit, which turns into interrupted sleep and a hit-the-snooze-button-three-times kind of morning. By creating a ritual ahead of a proper bedtime, it’s something to look forward to (instead of the drudgery of washing your face and brushing your teeth). Maybe it’s a quick, detoxifying face mask, or a foot massage with an ultra-hydrating lotion, topped off with cozy socks. Going to bed and getting enough sleep will lead to a healthier, happier, more productive me.
2. Move 30 minutes a day – Getting enough movement in a week is a mind-body-soul must. My commitment to daily exercise ebbed and flowed in 2014 – I decided to take on strength training programs that required an hour and half to two hours to complete each day. If I didn’t have the time, I didn’t do anything. Resolving to move 30 minutes a day removes pressure and helps to ensure success. Moving can be anything: pilates, walking, running, hiking, yoga, strength training or dancing!
3. Learn to longboard – What 28-year old asks for a longboard for Christmas? This one does. My wish was granted with a beautiful GoldCoast Classic Floater Longboard (from The Longboard Store, here). I love it — so far I roll down the street very slowly, but I’m getting better everyday. Learning a new skill like longboarding challenges my mind and body and ensures I never take myself too seriously.
4. Learn to knit – Okay. Confession time. I’m a sucker for reality TV. For 2014, I had a goal of watching less TV – needless to say I didn’t achieve it. For 2015, I thought, I’ll indulge in the guilty pleasure, but I’ll be productive while doing it – voilà! – knitting. I have a beginners kit from Wool and the Gang (see here) and I’m excited to dive in.
5. Execute one unassisted pull-up – For the record, I’ve never been able to do a pull-up. But, I’d like to. I even bet my male, police officer neighbor I could do more pull-ups than him by New Years Eve…..we called it a draw. However, a personal trainer who focuses on functional training walked into my life six weeks ago and offered to train me until I achieved an unassisted pull-up. Because this movement is really challenging for me, I’m learning persistence, resilience and conquering preconceived notions I had about myself. Stay tuned for updates on my progress….