New Year, New Goals

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The New Year is a popular time to reflect on the previous 12 months and set some goals for yourself. It's the time when gym membership spikes, diet books are flying off the shelf and everyone is in the "new year, new me" phase. We all know this fades. Diets fail, gyms start to thin out by Valentine's Day and people get back into the normal routines of their daily life.

The University of Scranton published an article about New Year's Resolutions. 75% of people keep their resolutions through the first week of January, but only 46% make it to July. 

In the past, I've tried a few different methods for the New Year:

1. Picking One Word. I like the simplicity of this concept. I tried it last year, but by the end of the year, I couldn't remember what my word even was, so I don't think it was effective for me.

2. Making a list of goals. If you know me at all, I love lists. This method is great as long as the items are very specific. It will only inspire you and keep you accountable if the goals are very clear. I like that the options are endless with this method. No real rules.

3. A New Habit. Many people want to start flossing their teeth 85 times a day or getting enough sleep or doing daily yoga. I think this is more realistic. The habit I was able to change for myself involved daily gratitude. It was a few years ago, but I spent 365 days taking a picture of something that day that I was grateful for. Some days were challenging and some were easy, but I have all those pictures saved in a folder and I've gotten into the habit of writing something down daily. It's the simplest version of a journal.

4. Detox. This is any version of cutting something out of your life. It could be alcohol, social media or you could be like us and take a break from sugar for a few months. This can be good for your health, but it depends on how well you prepare for it. Sometimes, when you cut something out of your life, you replace it with something that is equally as bad.

Those are just a few methods. There are millions of articles on resolutions on the giant Google machine. I definitely think setting some goals is good for everyone. It doesn't have to be on the first of the year. I've seen people make lifelong bucket lists, 101 in 1001, 30 before 30 lists, etc. There are endless possibilities. 

Some of my goals for this year include:

  • Cooking my way through The Forest Feast. It's one of the best looking cookbooks I've ever seen and it's all veggie focused. We also got new kitchen wall art that shows us all the in season vegetables so we can keep things as fresh and local as possible.
  • Getting two new stamps on my passport.
  • Log 1500 miles on my FitBit. I want to be outside and be moving around constantly. 
  • Stop multi-tasking so much and be intentional. This is my super generic one, but maybe "intentional" is more of a word for the year.

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. I'm excited to use this space to share lots of pictures and adventures and cool things this year. Make sure to follow along on Instagram. 

Happy 2017.