Normally, when it comes to making New Year’s Resolutions or deciding on a “word of the year” I usually don’t. It’s not that I do not see a purpose or a point in doing them, but I typically find that in most cases, I can’t keep up with it. I allow life to get in the way and start making excuses for why I don’t need to do it anymore or why I shouldn’t.
I think part of the reason why is because I make too many and place unrealistic expectations and time frames on myself. I believe that I can fix something in two months or lose weight in two days. I lack patience in seeing my goals come to fruition slowly and give up when I don’t see any changes or movement. I think this time around, it’s important that I not only set realistic timeframes for myself, but that I also stick with it – regardless of what I see and have faith it’s working.
This year, I am going to step out of my comfort zone and try something new, however. I am going to make a list of goals, have them written down somewhere and do monthly or bi-monthly check-ins with myself to see how well I am doing. If you’re interested and for the extra accountability for myself, I am planning to include them in my monthly “currently” posts.
MY GOALS FOR 2019
This one has been a goal of mine since last year and I probably packed on more pounds than I lost. This year, I want us to take our health more seriously and start exercising at least 2-3 times a week. While my focus is primarily to lose weight, a large chunk of that is to develop a healthier lifestyle. I have been so lethargic, recently and I think that has a lot to do with my diet. I don’t plan on sharing how much I currently weight, but will share with you some of the progress I’ve made throughout the year, God willing.
Develop Healthier Eating Habits:
As you may have been made aware if you follow me on social media, I had been experiencing back and pelvic pain, which we believe is a result of my diet. If I am being completely honest with you, before December, I had been eating like trash. I’m talking, high carbs, high protein, and low fibrous veggies. I think the pain I’ve been having is a bit of a wake-up call and God’s way of telling me through my body that I need to eat better and make healthier meals.
I’ve started trying to make more “big pot” meals and have lowered my carbs. It has been hard, but I think I’m starting to feel a bit better.
Take More Stock Photography:
I haven’t updated my stock photography in a while, but I would love to add more to my current files. Sometimes, I use stock photography from some of the stock sites I follow, but there’s nothing quite like taking the exact shot you want and not having to worry about payment or allowances. Plus, I’ve refrained from doing it as much because sometimes I worry I may accidentally be using a photo that was uploaded without the original photographers’ consent on these free websites and it’ll be a big thing. It’s a lot easier for me to just take and use my own, but sometimes it’s hard because props or lack thereof become an issue. Here’s to hoping on improving in this area, though!
Clean Out My Blog:
Is anyone else a perpetual post hoarder like myself? When I started this blog, I shared a ton of random, one paragraph posts because I was primarily writing for me. It wasn’t until 2015 or 2016 that I began to think about writing more intently, including my own photography in the post, and investing in photo editing programs. There’s posts that I’ve written that are more sentimental or rawer, but the space on my blog is getting smaller and smaller. I am going to work on going through my older posts, saving them to Google documents and then deleting them from the blog. I don’t want to because each post, I believe represents a part of myself or a point in time in my life, but I know I also need to make space – this includes photographs.
Be Fully Unpacked:
I STILL have not unpacked all of our boxes. It’s a shame y’all. It’s not that we do not have the space, but it’s more so I have not made the time to really try to get our basement organized. In short, I need to get my life together.
Read Scripture Everyday:
To be honest, some weeks I have been in scripture every day and others I haven’t. I want to be consistently in the word and applying context to what I am reading. I desire to continue to know more about God and I know part of that comes from reading the word. It doesn’t matter how many times we read it, there’s always something new we can learn or grasp from it.
I may or may not be looking at prices for flights to South Korea. While we definitely will not be able to afford a trip like that this year, it’s something we’re in the process of entertaining because ideally we would like to go to Korea before we have children. However, there’s lots of things we want to add to the house this year, so it’s not really as much of a priority right now for us at the moment. However, we do have some smaller trips planned we’d like to participate in. Maybe Korea in early 2020? We shall see. If we cannot afford it next year, maybe the year after next.
Grow My Audience:
I am so thankful for the people who read my blog and the people I have gotten an opportunity to know through this space. However, I’d love to grow my audience both here and on social media to expand my reach since one of the reasons why I write is to encourage and connect with others. This may mean investing in some courses or focusing my strategies more on Pinterest, but whatever it means, I am hoping that by the end of the year, I can make it to 1k followers on social media and more page views.
What are some of yours?