The Obligatory New Year’s Resolution Post!

I have read countless articles about goal setting, and most of them indicate telling friends and family about the goals we set helps to keep us accountable in actually achieving said goals. So today, dear reader, you are my friends and family! (Although, if no one reads this post, was a resolution even made?)

Make Health a Priority

Isn’t this everyone’s first resolution? And also the first resolution everyone breaks? Yet here we are… Seriously though, I believe it’s an absolute necessity that I place the focus back on my health this year. I’m only 31, but I feel so much older. I feel low energy all the time. Most mornings I wake up feeling stiffer than a Barbie doll, and I threw my back out twice last year putting Oliver to sleep in his crib. (I also tweaked my back while sneezing, but let’s not talk about that…). I also notice that one of my favorite ways to procrastinate is to prepare food and eat it, but it’s never anything worth eating like orange slices or fresh berries. It’s atrociously delicious things like microwave burritos. I actually work really hard to ensure junk food is limited in the household, but then my husband stops by the store after work to buy milk and then also impulsively buys 4 packages of cookies because the labels were colorful, and they happened to be on an endcap at the grocery store. Like a moth to a flame.

My healthy resolutions for 2020 are:

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Oddly, when I worked in a corporate setting, I always met my water quota. Mostly because getting up and walking to the water cooler was an acceptable way to waste time. Now I just forget about it between baby wrangling and…well, baby wrangling distracts me from everything, really.
  2. Be more active. This is ambiguous, which I know works against resolution-keeping. But, ultimately in the warm seasons, I want to enjoy daily walks at the park (which should be attainable since Oliver can’t seem to get enough of the park), and during the cold seasons, I want to incorporate Blogilates videos back in my daily routine.
  3. Stop procrastination eating (and boredom eating). Reach for a glass of water instead.
  4. Take control of the sugar intake again. It used to not be so atrocious but that changed when I became pregnant back in 2018. I craved chocolate and orange juice constantly, and I’ve struggled to get control of sweet cravings ever since. I tried to do one of those 30-days of no-added-sugar detoxes, but then my husband brought home seven boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Sometimes I think he tries to foil my plans on purpose.

Minimalize

Somehow, we started accumulating a bunch of stuff, and it’s just gotten worse now that we added a child to the household. In the past, I may have been able to overlook it, but now that I work from home, which is in a constant state of chaos, I find myself constantly overwhelmed and constantly cleaning. I have better things to do than clean. Like read books to my son, play a video game when everyone else is asleep, exercise, blog or film videos for my YouTube channel.

We have six rooms in this house, so my resolution is this: I want to dedicate one entire month to a single room where I focus on organizing and (hopefully) purging stuff we don’t need. I can totally accomplish this by June!

Go Further Down the Tea Rabbit Hole

Preparing and drinking tea has become my morning ritual, but I’d love to expand my knowledge about tea even more. I’ve been stuck in limbo buying from vendors that are a step up from grocery store brands and a step below vendors, who specialize in more quality single-origin teas. It’s comfortable here, and also I love my Honeybush Banana Nut tea, but I think it’s time I explore the world of tea further:

  1. I’d like to try pu’erh and see if I can develop an appreciation for it
  2. I want to explore more quality, single-origin teas as opposed to my usual flavored blended teas.
  3. I want to get a gaiwan and learn how to brew tea gongfu style!

Focus on Family

Sometimes I still struggle with being present and intentional. Especially since home life and work-life don’t have clear boundaries anymore. Add to that the temptation of an iPhone and social media. In 2020, I want to invest even more time into my family:

  1. Make date nights a thing again. Even if it’s just for an hour or two after Oliver has gone to bed. Or even if it means toting along the toddler so we can enjoy a nice dinner out somewhere.
  2. Make the most of our weekends by going to family-friendly events. We have a tendency to veg out on the weekends, which makes me feel guilty because I know it’s not enriching for Oliver (or Jon and me for that matter). Nor is it making the best use of family time. I’d much rather spend the afternoon at kids’ museums and nature centers.

Read. Read. Read.

I used to think I was a voracious reader, so I started a book blog. Then I realized that book bloggers actually deserving of that title read over 100 books a year, which made my measly 40 look pathetic. And then in 2019, that measly 40 turned into three chapter books and a myriad of picture books for Oliver. And, while I’m happy to admit that I love reading picture books with Oliver, I also need to make time for reading for myself too. I’ve been collecting in a notebook all of the PopSugar book challenges, but I’ve never actually tackled them. I’m changing that this year. I’m going to read my way through the 2020 PopSugar reading challenge, and if I make it to the end of the list, I’m going to start working my way through the past years’ challenges.

Write. Write. Write.

Of course, I want to write for my By Golly, Ollie! But, also tucked away in my core is the desire to write a novel. Even if it never gets published, there are stories I want to bring in to this world. My writing goals for 2020 are:

  1. Write for at least a half-hour a day. (Starting small here. This is more about creating a writing routine).
  2. Prepare and participate in NaNoWriMo! I haven’t participated in the writing event since college, and even then I only made it to day five. Every time NaNoWriMo has rolled around since, I always think, ah, I wish I had something prepared so I could participate this year.

So, that’s it! Thirteen whopping resolutions!

As I sit back and look at the list, I question whether I will even accomplish half of them by the end of 2020. I think all of those articles I read about setting goals suggested putting all of your focus on one goal at a time. Anything more than that would overwhelm the goal setter and cause them to abandon everything. But, I feel irrationally optimistic about my chance at success!

Did you set any New Year’s resolutions? Tell me about them in the comments!