2016: New Year, New Goals

There's nothing like the beginning of a new year for me. Honestly, I get giddy at the thought of all of the possibilities ahead. A fresh year, an untainted start, a chance to achieve something that makes me proud and makes me better.

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It doesn’t matter if it’s January 1st or not, but I like the excuse of it – all of the articles that start popping up about goal-setting and self-improvement, and the buzz of optimism in friends, family, and, maybe even for once, the feared and dreaded “comment section.”

My main goal for 2016 is to practice intentional self-care every single day. I know myself, and I know it would be way too ambitious to set a goal for an hour of self-care a day or something.

Sometimes I’m too busy, and sometimes I’m honestly just in a bad mood. When making my 2016 goals, I want to plan for those days and be gentle with myself, allowing some room for flexibility and flow.

I want to practice self-care in some way every day, and that can range from anywhere between ten minutes to a whole entire day.

This year, I also want to find a fitness plan that works for me. I am all about mental health (which is hopefully clear by now??) but I have admittedly fallen short of taking care of my physical health. I don’t struggle with illness or with my weight and I’ve never been very into sports, so I think I’ve just never really had a reason to commit to fitness. I know that working out is still incredibly beneficial for increasing mood, and I want my insides to be strong and healthy. This year, I want to incorporate working out into my self-care routine, and find a form of exercise that fits my preferences and lifestyle.

As for some smaller (but still very important!) goals, this year I’d like to:

  • Read 15 books
  • Be a guest blogger for 2 websites
  • Continue posting to Morning Wellness twice a week
  • Maintain a weekly budget
  • Learn about nutrition & create more balanced meals
  • Visit a city I’ve never seen

I know that, in order to actually achieve these goals, I need to be all about preparation, habit cultivation, and developing routines. If I get lazy after work and waste time on my phone laying around, I won’t be able to follow through – and sometimes it’s really hard not to get lazy! I’m hoping that my previous posts about making SMART goals and creating a self-care calendar will help me stay on track.

So now it’s your turn (because I genuinely do want to hear it)…what are your 2016 goals? And does anyone have any tips about staying motivated to work out? I think that one will be my biggest challenge!