I’m linking up with Andrea over at Momfessionals today to share my goals for 2015 🙂
I am choosing to be more “present” in my life this year.
Too often, I feel that I let myself get distracted by things that don’t really matter…namely, social media. The first step to being more present in my life this year will be putting my phone down. I cannot tell you how many times I am scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and reading posts that I have already seen. I am deeming that unacceptable;)
I also want to be more present because I want to appreciate what I have. I recently graduated with a degree in early level education and I am in grad school for reading education. I am blessed with a job as a research assistant and a writing tutor so I am constantly working with students and I LOVE both of my jobs. But, because many of my friends graduated and got “real” jobs and I am still in school, I find myself wishing I was in a different place in life. I don’t want a different job and I don’t want to wish away these years. I need to be present in them. Also, I hope to be a better listener. I want to have more meaningful conversations. I want my relationships to grow. And I want to appreciate the things that go unnoticed when I’m not paying attention. Am I supposed to meet someone new? Have a random conversation in line at the grocery store? See a random act of kindness? I don’t know! But, in 2015, I plan on finding out.
I like to choose one word to define my year because it gives me focus. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of “things” that I am also planning on doing, but they are not resolutions. They are goals because they WILL be done!
1. Read 52 books.
I am a bookworm at heart. When I was younger, my mom challenged my brothers and I to read 100 books every summer. I only achieved that feat ONE time! I know that 52 books is a LOFTY goal, but there are times of the year that I read more often, and there will also be certain books that I come across that I will fly through because I love them! I have tried to accomplish this before, but I always end up somewhere in the 30s. And I also slack on keeping track of the titles. So maybe I actually have done it before…who knows;) My mom and I settled on the number 52 together. 52 weeks, 52 books…it just made sense. I’m sure this will be challenging at times but I am really excited to get my hands on new books!
2. Make time for what I will call “morning message”.
While we are talking about reading, I really want to spend the first part of my day after I wake up reading my Bible. I am guilty of waking up and scrolling through social media as if it’s the daily newspaper. No more! I started reading Jesus Calling last year in September. I like to read the daily passage, connect it to the verses, and write in my journal. It is going to become the best habit of this year, I just know it:)
Also, I have The Message Remix Bible and it’s my very favorite. Because it’s written in contemporary language, it just makes more sense to me.
3. Find a Spinning and PiYo “home”.
I have been teaching Spin classes since 2011 and I recently became a PiYo LIVE instructor in December. I absolutely LOVE teaching Spin classes. Finding music, creating the workout, motivating the people in class…it’s so fun!!! And as I am practicing the PiYo choreography, I am getting more excited to teach that class for the first time, too! When I moved to Maryland for grad school, I wasn’t able to transfer from my gym in Pittsburgh like I had hoped. I have been to a few Spin studios that I love and I have emailed a few gyms about teaching PiYo, so hopefully everything falls into place this month!
4. Gain confidence in my abilities as a health coach.
Nutrition and fitness are my passion and I want to share that with as many people as possible! I am guilty of comparison, but I need to focus on what I bring to the table and not worry about how my journey differs from someone else’s.
5. Grow my savings.
I’m a recent college graduate in grad school. Need I say more?
6. Run a 1:45 marathon.
My PR is 1:54:50. That means I have to cut almost 10 minutes off of my time…but it CAN be done. Thanks to all the strength training I’m going to do, remember? 😉 While we’re on this point…I also want to sign up for a race I’ve never done before.
7. Walk my dogs as often as possible when I am home in Pittsburgh!
Dogs need to walk. And they have our entire fenced in backyard to run around in, but it really needs to be a priority to walk the little guys! I will be convincing my entire family of this point before I pack to go back to school:)
8. Make 2015 a yes year.
I want to travel with family and friends. I want to visit new places in my own town. I want to try new food, wear new clothes, and take risks. And I’m going to do that by saying yes. I am an over-analyzer by nature, so this will be an interesting experience;)
Now that we’ve ended on a nice even number, I can’t help but wonder what else I will accomplish this year that I don’t even realize yet! My brain runs on a school year schedule, so much so that August/September is when I buy a new planner. I simply cannot shop for a planner in January. Cannot happen;) But, I can’t argue that there is something about January 1 that feels good. 🙂
– Do you make New Years resolutions?
– What are your 2015 goals and resolutions?