6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th Day(s) of Blogmas

Okay, so I’m cheating a little bit. Well, a lot a bit. But the past few days have been insanely busy and I didn’t have the forethought to write enough of these posts ahead of time.

As a tribute to this past week and the new year, I’d like to talk about New Years resolutions.

I’ve never been a fan of New Years resolutions, mostly because a promise made in the heat of the moment, when hope is high and determination is at an all-time maximum, is not always a realistic promise to make. I’ve tried to make New Years resolutions before, and they’ve just never stuck; I get busy, I lose track, I get lazy, and I realize that what I originally wanted to accomplish was not something I actually wanted to do, or actually had a real plan to achieve.

So I’ve determined that this year will be the year of zero expectations. I know that isn’t inspiring in any way, shape, or form, but it’s more realistic for where I am with life right now.

However, there are some things I’d like to start doing. Most are challenges I feel I should have been doing all along.

  1. Read 1 book per week.
  2. Do yoga 2 times a week
  3. Write at least 1 blog post per week.

These are vague for a reason. The pressure of “losing ten pounds” is immense compared to “do yoga twice a week.” If I lose ten pounds, I lose ten pounds. If not, then at least I’m active for some portion of my life.

A book a week may seem like an over-achievable goal. Reading should come naturally, right? But I’m a slow reader and I always get distracted by social media, and simply not feeling like reading, so a book a week is actually a pretty lofty goal for me.

Finally, a blog post a week. I think I mentioned before that I’ve sunk actual money into this blog. Actual money that I really don’t have right now due to the whole unemployment crisis I’ve been navigating for the past nine months. If I’m going to blog, I need to dedicate some real time to writing and planning (ignore the fact that I’ve forgotten about the past four days of Blogmas).

At the end of 2018 I’d like to look back and at least feel a smidge of accomplishment knowing that, even if I didn’t complete every goal to its fullest, I’ve at least set goals, and honestly and earnestly worked towards them.

What are your New Years resolutions? Or do you just have 2018 goals and new habits you’d like to form?

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