New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! 

We are officially in 2019, how crazy is that?  I swear 2018 didn’t even happen; it went by so incredibly fast.  And yet, here we are!  Now, I’m not normally one for New Year’s Resolutions.  I tend to hang out in the camp that thinks they’re silly and pointless.  But this year, I’ve decided to change my outlook and see what the hype is all about. 

I promise I’m not going to tell you that I want to lose weight or anything like that.  While I would love to start an exercise regimen and get back in shape, it’s just not feasible for me for two reasons: 1.) I injured my knee a few weeks back and am in physical therapy for the next month and 2.) I hate working out.  Hate it.  With a passion.  Nope, no thanks, I’m good, next.  I have to give myself a serious pep talk just to walk up one flight of stairs.  My resolutions are also not very travel based (gasp!).  Now that I’ve been on this blogging journey for just over a year, I thought it might be nice to jump outside the travel world every once in a while (double gasp!).  Plus, I’m totally using this as an opportunity to ask y’all for recommendations (and keep myself accountable). My goals in 2019 are to:

1.)    Read One Book a Month

My first resolution is to read one book a month.  I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, some people read a book a week, but between two jobs, graduate school, freelance writing, blog writing, and general life living, I think this is the most realistic reading goal for me at the moment.  So far I’ve got my first three months set:

January - What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman

February - Becoming by Michelle Obama

March - You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

I’m open to any and all other book selections to fill out the remaining 9 months!  I read everything from biographies, historical accounts, romance, thriller, etc.  Send me a message!

2.)    Pay Off My Credit Card Bill

While my credit card bill isn’t that high, it’s not zero either.  I want to change that in 2019.  By the end of the year, I want to have a zero balance.  My student loans from grad school will be dropping at the end of the year and I’d like to make sure I go into 2020 with only one set of interest accruing debt.  My current debate is how to go about doing it.  I’ve calculated out how much it would cost per day, per week, and per month what it would take to pay it off within the year and I just don’t know which the best option is.  This is something I really want to stick to this year so if you have any tips, tricks, or apps you swear by, I’m all ears!

3.)    Stop Hitting the Snooze Button

Of all my resolutions, this one is definitely going to be the toughest one for me.  Anyone who knows me knows I suck at mornings.  I have tried everything from the apps that gently wake you up by your REM cycle to the apps that force you to do math before your alarm will shut off.  None of it works.  To be fair, I do have an under active thyroid that causes me to be exhausted at any given moment.  I can sleep for 14 hours every day and feel just as tired as if I didn’t sleep at all.  But I just keep imagining all the extra sleep I could be having if I just got up when my alarm went off the first time. Let’s see how this one goes; no guarantees. 

4.)    Stop Eating Out/ Ordering Food Delivery

I may or may not have an obsession with Folklore Tacos in West Orange, NJ.  It’s something I’m trying to come to terms with and it’s taking a toll on my mental health not to order my favorite meal twice a week.  Okay, so I may be exaggerating but their tacos are just so damn good.  Let’s not forget about the gnocchi Alfredo from Ameti Pizza in Clifton, NJ.  You guys are the real heroes.  But as deep as our love goes, I can’t lie about the cost of it.  Eating your incredible food is expensive and financially draining.  So this year, I am vowing to cut back on takeout, delivery, and eating out.  What used to be a special occasion has now become the norm and I need to get back to making food at home and packing lunch ahead of time.  First stop after work today: the grocery store!

5.)    Write 1 Blog Post Per Week (Minimum)

Sometimes I am really great about writing content for the blog and other times I just plain suck at it.  Life gets in the way, work is demanding, and some weeks I’m simply uninspired.  I’m hoping that my goal of one post a week minimum will keep me on track and pushing out consistent content.  New and relevant content will also help me connect my blog to my other social media channels and hopefully drive connecting traffic!  I’ve already got January covered with ideas but would love to hear from y’all about any kind of content you would like to see!  I’ve got an idea for a full packing page that I’m hoping to flush out in the coming months but I’m open to anything else!

6.)    Post 5 Images to Instagram Per Week

Similar to above, I am hoping that this small goal will keep on a consistent track of posting great content to my social media platforms.  Posting this frequently will also keep my page fresh in the Instagram algorithm world (can we all agree it’s the worst?).  Now if only I could get better at creating a monthly content calendar…

7.)    Drink More Water

This one is super simple and yet really complex for me as I have never been a water drinker.  I actually don’t like the taste of water.  Yes, it has a taste.  They all do and they’re all bad.  As I’ve gotten older, however, I have grown to understand just how important water is for your body.  I’ve certainly gotten better at drinking water over the last two years but I’d like to do even more.  I have a refillable tumbler cup at work with free filtered water in our kitchen area.  I downloaded an app that reminds me every 2-3 hours to drink a glass of water.  It’s called Habitbull for anyone interested! 

I’m actually really excited to get working on my resolutions for 2019.  This is the first time in many years that I have not only created a resolution for myself but made an action plan to stick with it.  I’m also excited to read some of your recommendations, tips, and tricks!  Now let’s go kick 2019’s ass!