resolutions for my 25th year

my birthday, fortunately and unfortunately, is in the first week of the new year.  while i always come up with new year’s resolutions – and pretty immediately disregard them – this year i’m making resolutions for my new year.  life is pretty hectic and full of change these days, so with these resolutions i’m really looking to ground myself, stick to my routines, and work hard to keep working resolutions.JPG// be kind and gentle to myself // truth be told i am absolutely horrible at this, as most of us are.  i think i’ve mentioned this before, but there’s a line that lena dunham mentions at the end of the first season of girls, along the lines of “you could never hate me more than i hate myself, or say worse things than i say to myself.”  and i feel this.  too much.  as humans we are our own harshest critics, but if i can’t treat myself kindly and with gentleness and love, how can i expect others to?  this is a concept that i’ve been working on for years after my sweet therapist flat out told me to do so in those exact words.  i will keep trying, because i deserve it.

// weekend workouts // i’m sorry to mention a workout resolution, but it’s needed!  starting january 8th, i am student teaching full time, 5 days a week.  so with the 8+ hour school day and my 2+ hour commute, i know there is no way i will be working out through the week.  so weekends are my goal.  and that’s just two days – even i can manage that!  i’m desperate to get back into my yoga practice and even running.  i go in and out with my workout habits but i am actually looking forward to taking care of myself in this way again.  are you sensing a theme here?

// become a more experimental cook // or a cook at all!  i’m so bad with meal planning and prep, but i really really want to get better at it.  i’m going to try to be more forward-thinking when i go to the grocery store and have some go-to meals that i can make without too much effort.  actually, i make a great work lunch, but it’s the dinners that i struggle with.  it’s a serious problem when cereal is your favorite food!

// produce less waste // this is a really important one for me.  i’m good about carrying a water bottle and coffee thermos (this is the best one i’ve found) with me all the time, but i have other goals for my waste production.  some of them include: stop using cotton pads in my skincare routine (i’ve been using my hands for my witch hazel but still use cotton for makeup removal), using rags for cleaning instead of paper towels, using more reusable containers for work lunches (i’m looking at purchasing some lunchbots stainless containers), and making use of the bulk section at my grocery store and health food store.  i think these are super easy changes and i am looking forward to making them – now that’s the mark of a good resolution!

// be ok when i slip up // i say this in regards to these resolutions and so many other areas of my life.  like i said earlier, i can be so hard on myself, and as i am entering student teaching i already fear the daily mistakes i am going to make.  i am going to try my darnedest to accept my failures and respond to them accordingly, without getting upset or looking down on myself.  this is probably the hardest resolution i am going to work on, but it’s an important one.

do you have any resolutions for your new year?  happy happy and fresh starts to all!

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fall resolutions

IMG_3167.JPGIMG_0244.JPGIMG_3146.JPGgive my body what it needs // i have been absolutely terrible about going to yoga this summer.  it has been so hot and sticky out that the last thing i want to do is be in a 90 degree room getting sweatier and stickier.  i’ve been doing some flows by myself but it’s just not the same.  so once the fall weather rolls around, i am recommitting.  i miss what yoga does for my mind, spirit, and body.  i want to be better about what i’m putting into my body and what i’m doing for the outside as well.  i hope to reintroduce running to my daily routine, but honestly this too is reliant on cooler weather.

give my spirit what it needs // i’m keeping the good and letting go of the bad.  i just got the life changing magic of not giving a f*ck by sarah knight and i’m really excited to give it a read.  i know what it’s going to say (stop giving a f*ck), but sometimes it’s more effective to follow the advice your reading than that you give yourself.  i’m cleansing my world and i’m focusing on me.  i touched on this in my recent new moon post if you want to read more.

give my wallet what it needs // i’ve been good about not shopping as frequently, but i feel like so much of my money is still flying out the window.  i’m going to be better about making coffee at home, bringing my lunch to work, and doing more creative things with friends than going out for dinner and drinks.  saving for the future, people!

give my environment what it needs // i’m working on cleaning out my space, passing on items that don’t bring me happiness, and just altogether clearing out the crap.  i’m starting this new season fully fresh, and that includes my environment.  drawers closed, bed made, clothes in the closet…we’ll see if i can keep this up!

this might seem like a bit of daunting list of tasks, but i think these are all the changes that i’m already in the process of making.  maybe “changes” is the wrong word – i’m giving myself what i need to be happy and healthy, and furthering the strides i’ve already been making.  for me, this fall is about focusing on myself and what i need to better myself and my life.  i’m making plans for the future and i’m getting back to the basics of who i am in my heart.

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no, that is not a word.  as you might recall, i whipped up some may and june resolutions the past two months, and i was pretty good about following through.  it’s actually making a  difference for me to write down my goals and pay attention to them throughout the month.  that being said, i completely forgot to do this for the beginning of july, but here are my resolutions for the rest of the month:

be better about yoga // i’m so upset to say that i really failed at attending yoga classes the better part of june.  with my work schedule and the studio schedule, it just wasn’t working out.  but i miss it so so much.  i’m going to try to fit in classes whenever i can, even if that means waking up at an ungodly hour or leaving work a few minutes early at the end of the day

focus on the blog // i feel like i have been slacking lately in the blog department.  i like to have a mix of my roundup posts – images from the internet that are inspiring me – and my own content.  as is my excuse for just about everything these days, it’s hard because of the amount of time and energy i spend at work, but i miss working really hard on my creative outlet and am determined to get back to it

enjoy where i am right now // since i’m living at home and most of my family is here at the moment, it is too easy for me to feel frustrated and claustrophobic.  but i hate that frustration and hate myself when it comes out.  i love my family and i love being with them, and i need to enjoy my time with them, even if they are frustrating and i feel like i don’t have enough personal space

listen to yourself // i need to stop feeling guilty for who i am and what i want.  i need to stop listening to the opinions around me when i know they are false.  i need to focus on myself, my body, my mind, what i want, what i need, and be true to myself.  and be kind to myself.

another month of madness

and so begins another month!  insert typical “i can’t believe it’s already this month” comment.  but seriously, i can’t believe it’s already june!  bring it on, summer.  as i did for may, i thought i would jot down a couple of my resolutions for the upcoming month.  and as far as may goes, i think i succeeded in accomplishing those goals.  except for the have more fun part…may was kind of a doozy and not very much fun was had.

be nicer to myself // i am really hard on myself.  period.  i am constantly trying to remember to be nice and gentle to myself but, let’s be honest, it’s really hard.  i need to remember that other peoples’ judgments of me are not necessarily accurate, and that i have to be my own biggest advocate.  i know who i am, i know that i am a good person, and i have to support myself.

stay out of the drama // i live in a very small community, and all of my friends work, live, and play in the same place.  i’m working elsewhere now so i already have that space, but it’s really easy to get caught up in the drama.  i like to think i’m not a dramatic person, so i need to stay true to that and just mind my own business.  i no longer want to be part of the he said-she said.  it never ends well and i really get bogged down with everybody’s issues and opinions on each other.

be more positive about work // i’ve been relatively disillusioned with my work this past month, so for june i really want to get out of that negative cycle.  of course i am not 100% happy with my job, but who is?!  if you are, please tell me your secret.  for the foreseeable future, this is where i’m going to be working every day so i need to get rid of the bad attitude and work my tushie off.

continue with yoga // i mentioned this in my may resolutions as well, and i really followed through.  i am loving attending classes so i hope that as work gets busier i am still committed to going as much as i can.  it’s easy to feel tired after work and just want to go home and relax, but i always feel better when i’ve gone to class.

i think june is going to be a good month.  no, scratch that.  i’m going to make june a good month.  and i hope that you do the same.  none of that june gloom business for us!