Monday, January 4, 2016

I Don't Do New Year's Resolutions

I used to do New Year's Resolutions. I never succeeded, so I stopped making them. It's great to have motivation and goals every year because it is the start of something new, but resolutions themselves don't seem to work for me.

What does work for me?

Well, for one, I feel like absolute crap right now, and I know that it can be fixed just by changing my diet, and actually exercising, which gives energy.

Reading more, and watching less TV. When I got back from my cruise, my sister got me into Outlander, the TV Series, but when I finished the show, I started reading the books. I just finished book 3, Voyager, and have moved on to book 4, Drums of Autumn.

I've made it a goal to read 30 books this year. That's nothing compared to people like my mom and sister, who devour books. I'm working on getting better about reading more. I used to love reading. Now it's difficult for me to find books that interest me, which sucks because I'm a writer. Writers need to be readers.

Drinking lots more water goes along with reading if you believe that. When I choose water over soda or even Crystal Light, my mind gets a lot more clear. Clarity is probably the best feeling in the world for me. I hate having a fuzzy head. I enjoy my life much more when my head is completely clear. Even my day job, which gets arduous.

Aim for eight hours of sleep per night. Even when I want to get up at 5 to hit the gym, which would mean I'd need to turn the light off at 9 (which sounds better and better the older I get, honestly). Sometimes, I need help falling asleep. Mostly on Mondays, when I get to sleep in (I've been having wicked insomnia lately), but I also find Sleepytime tea to be helpful.

I guess what I'm saying is that this isn't a resolution, it's just me knowing what I need to do to make myself feel better, and making a conscious effort to do it.

I also have another cruise come September, and I'd really like to be able to climb the rock wall on the ship.

  • Do you do resolutions?
  • Is there anything you'd like to accomplish in 2016?

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