Monday, January 4, 2016

My Year.


I'm not usually big on resolutions, mostly because I'm real stubborn and I believe that I don't need to change A FREAKIN' THING. For years, I worked in an environment where people were obsessed with self improvement and many times, it caused a lot of harm -- both physically and mentally. So, it kind of stuck with me that improving is bad and you should just do what you want and deal with it. Not actually a rational or healthy train of thought, I KNOW. But admitting defeat is the first step.

I have to admit it, our move to Los Angeles really shook things up a bit and not necessarily in the best way. In SF, I walked EVERYWHERE. It was my main form of exercise AND transportation. Here? Hello, Uber. I also am not big on change. I have friends who move apartments a lot or switch jobs with the seasons which is really cool and empowering, but man... that is just not for me. That is some anxiety inducing crap that would result in me being hospitalized for exhaustion. I worked quickly on making our LA house a home because I couldn't stand the feeling of transition for one more second. I've been in full nesting mode -- and this includes lots of comfort food and pizza delivery on speed dial. My body (and brain) have fallen victim big time.

Needless to say, I just don't feel HEALTHY. So, I'm actually resolving on making 2016 a better year, both physically and mentally. I shared a bit on Instagram, but this new fitness bracelet is giving me just the push I need. Mira is a fashion-forward fitness tracker that has already motivated me to step out of my front door and walk around. Groundbreaking. Here are a few things I'm hoping I'll stick to in the new year. They're pretty silly, but I feel confident that they'll help both my physical and mental health. So, voila:

-Once a week, walk to the flower market for fresh flowers for the house. 
-Stop being such a hobbit and treat myself to a manicure/pedicure once a month.
-Stop being so self deprecating and saying things like 'hobbit' when referring to myself. 
-Swap out beer for green juice. Sometimes. 
-Overcome my CRAZY social anxiety and enroll in fitness classes in the neighborhood: pilates, barre, and yoga. Actually go instead of justifying reasons why I should just do the workout at home.
-Get back to written to-do lists/calendars. I am always so much more organized when I write it down each day.
-Journal my progress and keep notes on what I've been up to. I desperately want to hold onto my memories and remember this part of my life. 
-More books. Less iPhone.
-Be kinder to my body with an anti-inflammatory diet. 
-Cultivate more relationships here in Los Angeles, but don't compromise my friendships with friends who live in other cities and states.
-Stop buying crappy clothes because they're on sale. Be more thoughtful with my purchases. 
-Walk a few miles each day, and track it with my Mira. Don't stop this after 1.5 weeks.

WHEW. That's maybe overly ambitious. But it's also NOT THAT ambitious either. Like, I am pretty confident most of you reading this probably do those things already. So I think I can make it all happen. If I know anything, sharing your goals publicly is the best way to stay accountable. So here I am... sharing away.

Any other tips to make this magic happen?