Sometimes I feel like Christmas was just yesterday and sometimes I feel it’s time for winter to move on. February is one of my least favorite months but the start of this year has been so good that I think this February will be different. Last year, coming off of 2016 was pretty rough, making this start of the year look even better from where I’m sitting. My February goals feel a bit like an extension of new year’s resolutions (you know, those things I always say I am against) but writing them out will help keep me accountable.
I often feel like there is just no way I can do it all. There’s no way I can go to work, keep a clean house, exercise regularly, eat healthy, maintain friendships, and still have time to just relax. Thankfully, I have gotten better about letting things go (like my clean house) but I still want to continue to better myself. Sometimes my monthly goals are a bit more trivial, like finishing the office, but I set all these goals because the end result is something I think will bring me joy.
- Go to the gym regularly. Physical fitness. I’ve never been consistent except for my senior year of high school and freshman year of college. I always played sports as a kid but never intentionally went out of my way to train. I have always HATED running (with the exception of sprints) so whenever I have gone to the gym in the past, I’ve stuck to the elliptical and group classes. After more than five years since I last went to a gym regularly, Chris and I got gym memberships. The first time I went was a PITA but I survived. It is very clear to me that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest. I was sick of feeling lazy all the time and the older I get, the more I notice my body isn’t what it used to be. My fitness goals extend beyond the month of February but I do have a goal to go to the gym three days a week and to run a 5k on the treadmill. Fingers crossed!
- More single-tasking. This goal is one that I hope helps me reach my 2018 goal of spending less time staring at screens. I am a proud multi-tasker. I have always thrived on a little bit of pressure and I like to have different things to bounce around to keep me from getting bored. The one thing I want to stop doing while doing other things is stare at my phone (or laptop). I love my phone. It keeps me connected, it let’s me listen to music, it houses my calendar, and even helps me learn Danish but there is a dark side to it too. I have made several steps to reduce the appeal of staring at my phone – such as deleting Facebook, moving Twitter off my home screen, and turning off all notification – but mindless scrolling still happens. While watching a movie with my husband or riding in the passenger seat to work, I want to stare at my phone less.
- Blog more. I know this seems a bit counterintuitive for someone who wants to spend less time staring at screens, but I want to get on a consistent blog schedule this month. It is true that some of the things I write about can result in me wanting material things and thinking I need to buy more stuff, but mostly, it makes me feel good. I enjoy writing. I enjoy creating content. I enjoy taking photos for blog posts and I enjoy looking back through my posts and remembering what was going on in my life when I posted certain things. Three days a week has always been my goal, but I will settle for 1-2 posts a week. Hopefully with the sun staying up a little bit later, I can take more photos and get some posts up.
January was a good month and I hope the motivation I have found sticks through February and helps me accomplish my February goals. I am desperately hoping for some warmer temperatures but I am finding ways to enjoy myself even during the cold, grey days. No matter how the month goes, I am so excited that New Orleans will play a part at the end.