After 26 hours on the road all by my lonesome this weekend, I came up with my verb for 2012.
I wanted a verb that reminded me to not be lazy. While I consider myself pretty motivated, I know I have a tendency to get arrogant and stop trying hard at the things I consider myself to be pretty good at. While it’s great to be satisfied with your life, I don’t want to forget that while I can do certain things without much effort, I feel a lot better when I am making an effort.
Here are some ways I plan to push myself this year.
Push myself to publish really great content. This is, without question, my biggest goal for the year. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about writing and my blog over the past month and I have a lot of big plans. So now I have to push myself to do them. Writing has always come easily to me and as a result, I’ve stopped trying as hard. My biggest goals for this year are to set up a writing schedule and to only publish content on my blog that I’d publish elsewhere (like on magazine’s website or in a book, for example). It will mean being more organized, getting up earlier, staying up later, and sitting down to write when I’d probably rather sit down to read. It will mean re-thinking the other people/things I let influence my writing (like the free swag that I get to review and give away, which doesn’t always result in my best writing). It will mean eventually re-designing my blog to represent my personal style more (surprise! I don’t even like bright colors that much) and finding a way to do pictures that I can live with (surprise again! I hate taking photos and I’d write a hell of a lot more if I didn’t have to find visual aids to accompany my writing). I know I have my work cut out for me, but I feel most myself when I’m writing content that I’m really proud of.
Push myself socially. My verb for this year was almost socialize, but I decided push encompassed more of the things I wanted to achieve this year. But I really need to push myself to be more social here in Houston. I feel like it’s really hard to make new friends as you get older, but I’ve let that be an excuse for too long. I need to at least try a little bit. My goal is to push myself to really nurture potential friendships and to go to at least one social event each month where I can meet new friends.
Push myself to be disciplined about my health. Again, being healthy is something that comes pretty easily to me, but I’ve started to find certain aspects of healthy living really inconvenient and so I’m cutting corners. I’m not doing anything majorly unhealthy, bu I know I can do better. I need to get back to basics: more veggies, more water, less sugar, less takeout. I know the best way to do this is pushing myself to plan ahead and also pushing myself to accept that it might be inconvenient sometimes. To be honest, it’s harder for me to prioritize healthy habits now that I’m at a stable weight that I’m happy with — losing weight was always better motivation for me — so that’s why I need to bring this back to the front of my mind. I think it will be as simple as grocery shopping, using my slow cooker regularly, packing lunches ahead of time, and setting new workout challenges for myself each month. For example, rather than just going to yoga four times a week, I’ll push myself to go on the weekends, try new classes, or just hold poses a little longer.
Push myself at home. I made a goal over the summer to stop being lazy when it comes to dishes, laundry, and cleaning. While that goal helped a lot, I still feel like I need a regular reminder to stay on top of my chores. When I’m feeling busy or overwhelmed, I don’t give my apartment the attention I’d like to, which just leaves me feeling more overwhelmed. If I’m going to push myself in all these other ways, I’m going to want a clean and organized apartment as my home base.
Between the writing, the socializing, and working on my health, I feel like this year might leave me feeling a little breathless, but I’m OK with that. While last year was wonderfully stable and almost…quiet, I feel like this year will be fast, fun, and exciting. While it was good to spend some time in Wichita and at home in Michigan, I’m actually glad that the holiday is over, I’m back in Houston, and I can finally push play on all my new goals.