This “new year” post is not incredibly timely seeing as though we are now 19 days into 2018, but a pretty accurate example of how this year is already flying by. While time may feel like it’s kind of flying, I’m also trying to take it in as slow as possible and carry over last year’s goal of being more intentional in various aspects. I didn’t make full on 2018 resolutions, but I did jot down a few intentions for the year and have been trying to write down personal goals for the day or week throughout my work to-do list as well.
Looking back, 2017 is a little bit of a blur. The beginning of the year flew by, we went on a bucket list trip to Seattle to celebrate our anniversary, and then dealt with life to the 10th degree upon our return. (Honestly, I should’ve made a new year’s resolution to blog about our Seattle trip.) We spent a majority of the remaining half of the year facing a lot of struggles and the stress that came along with them, but it’s so nice to be here in a new year and see that we all survived and came out better for it. It was a draining year in many aspects, and I’m trying my best this year to avoid that feeling from carrying over.
One of my intentions for the new year is to make better use of my time both at home and at work, which means being more aware of what time I leave the office. Yesterday, I left work promptly at 5pm, feeling mostly guilty for leaving first, but I can’t explain the amount of sheer joy that I felt when I got outside and could still see a little bit of sun. It really is the little things. I’ve spent far too many days/weeks leaving the office just late enough where I am mentally and physically drained by the time I get home, resulting in a two hour nap that leads straight into bedtime, and a complete waste of more nights than I can count.
I won’t bore you with all of the details of my list, but a few others that I’m really working on include;
Travel somewhere (preferably new) every other month. We just got back from Mexico this past weekend, so clearly I have the travel itch…or bug? Whatever the kids call it these days. I’d love to make time for either a trip somewhere new, or even a day trip somewhere nearby during the weekend.
Start a nightly routine. I mentioned a few posts back that I’m pretty bad about a skincare routine, but in fixing this, I’m also hoping it will help me settle into an overall nightly routine that doesn’t consist of falling asleep on the couch in my work clothes and unknowingly crawling into bed. For starters, I bought face wash(!). Hoping to add consecutive nightly reading, no phone zone, and a cup of tea to my nightly agenda.
Focus a little bit more on self-care. I know, self-care is becoming the most annoying term on the internet, right? I started focusing on this last year so I suppose I can’t stop now. This time, it includes semi-regular massages, trips to the infrared spa, and maybe even a pedicure more than once a year, just to name a few.
Slow down, but also stop wasting mornings. Michael has joked that my favorite word this year (or season, at least) has been cozy. I’m always bundled up in an oversized sweater, grabbing a blanket, a cup of tea, and lighting a candle, trying to embrace this god-awful cold weather instead of expressing my hate for it and the dry hands and bloody noses that accompany it. However, one thing I haven’t quite mastered about winter, is the ability to wake up early and be a functioning human being when it’s only 10 degrees outside. I used to plan on waking up early to go to the gym, but after several failed attempts, I’ve reshifted my morning goals to waking up between 5:30 and 6:15 daily, not to exercise (saving that for the dreaded post-work gym visit), but to ease into the day, allowing myself to sit in silence, have some coffee/matcha/tea, make breakfast, gather my thoughts, and put together a to-do list for the day before I am too deep into emails to actually put any thought to what I’m doing. I noticed that many mornings were spent sleeping in, rushing to get ready for work, and having to jump straight into emails, usually without a complete breakfast which leaves me hangry and scatterbrained by 10:30.
There are some other things on my list, some that are private, and some that I’d like to go a little deeper on in future posts. Are you a resolution-maker? What are some of your intentions for the new year?