Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Will Be My Year

Ok, so I have absolutely no idea where the past 12 months have gone. I apologize for not being as active on my blog as I intended. My YouTube channel? Yeah, that never happened. Social media? It's a love-hate relationship and I'm currently hating everything except Twitter. (I even managed to delete my personal Facebook page with inspiration from my friend, Rosie.) So what is my plan for the next year?

Part of me debated not even posting a "resolutions" type post this year after realizing that I didn't manage to keep many of my 2018 resolutions. Life just got busy, ya know? I guess that is what happens when you keep blogging as a hobby. It's never really a priority.

I can't believe that I've been blogging for over four years (only three on this blog though). For those of you that have been following from the beginning, thank you. For those of you that have recently stumbled upon my website, I hope you stick around through the ups and downs of my life. I really do think that 2019 will be a year of growth for me.

About my resolutions - they aren't a thing this year. Sure, there are plenty of things I would like to implement in the next 12 months, but I strongly dislike the word resolution. It makes it seem like the way I was living was wrong, which is definitely not true.

So what am I planning on doing?

Falling back in love with fitness.

I feel like this is very similar to everyone's resolution to "get back in shape". For real though, I haven't been in shape since I was a varsity swimmer in high school, so I don't think another 12 months will do much for my weight. While I strongly dislike going to the gym, I do have some equipment in my apartment, including my super fancy recumbent bike. I did manage to create a routine of biking while watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and I definitely plan to keep that up.

Blogilates is doing a free 100-rep ab challenge for the first 30 days of the year, so yeah, might give this a try. Y'all know I'm horrible at consistency and accountability though. We will see how this goes. I really want to post the daily moves on Instagram Stories, but also don't want to be one of those annoying people (or be mistaken for a coach trying to sell programs). If you feel so inclined, you are welcome to DM me on Instagram and remind me to workout - might help me a little.

Drinking more water and consuming less dairy.

I was actually really good at drinking water this past year. I definitely want to keep it up in hopes that it eventually shows in my face. (I've heard that is a thing that can happen.)

Also, towards the end of last year, I found out that I'm lactose intolerant - which kind of sucks since I love queso and ice cream. While Lactaid is a decent coping medicine, I really want to avoid dairy products as much as I can in hopes that I feel less bloated. This will be a pretty easy task, I think.

Using the excess amount of beauty products I have in my apartment.

Most women understand my struggle: you have so many lotions/bath bombs/fancy soaps/face masks/etc, but for some reason, you just keep acquiring more. With the exception of a few of my must-haves, I am planning on "treating myself" until it's all gone. Maybe I'll even get around to reviewing some products like I used to.

Focusing on building solid relationships.

This is a big thing that I plan on implementing this year. There are three kinds of relationships I want to work on: my relationship with God, my relationship with my true friends, and my relationship with my partner.

If you don't know, I'm pretty religious - was born and raised Catholic, had a falling out in college and rediscovered my spirituality and love for Catholicism post-grad. While I have nothing against the Catholic church, I did discover a bible study that I enjoy going to that isn't confined to one denomination of Christianity. I plan on attending that and diving a little deeper into my faith through the word of God.

Friendships are a little tough. After college and moving to a new city, I found myself opting for a more independent lifestyle and focusing on my career. Over the past two and a half years, I've come to realize who my true friends are. These aren't the people that call on me only when they need something or felt "compelled to check in", but the ones who really know me better than I know myself. It's taken me a little bit of time to realize who these people are, and I'm definitely not letting them get away (AKA you're stuck with me).

Lastly, I hope I'm not jinxing myself by writing about him on my blog, but I started seeing someone towards the end of last year. While I've typically been pretty open about my "dating diaries", my sassy comments typically die down when I catch a victim. I've also managed to delete all of my dating apps - and I don't plan on going back on them, even if this doesn't work out. I never plan for a relationship to potentially be my last one (... it's a scary thought) but ya never know what could happen. So yeah, just gonna keep being myself and we will see if he sticks around through it all.

Moving to a new part of town.

In October, I renewed my lease in the suburbs for a third year because I seriously love my apartment. Deep in my heart, though, I feel like I need a change. I decided shortly after renewing that this would be my last year in my apartment. While I'm not in a position to buy a house of my own yet, I can afford a small rent increase now that I have my car paid off (and I'm pretty close on one of my student loans). I can't wait to apartment shop and eventually call downtown Columbus my new home.

Staying true to myself.

This is probably the reason I am not interested in social media much anymore... everything is a comparison game that causes me to doubt my authenticity. Over the past year, I've been more true to myself than I feel like I ever have: I'm honest and open with my communication, I've been taking care of myself mentally, physically and spiritually, and doing things that I genuinely am interested in (and learning to say no to things I don't like). 2019 will be no different, as I find the most authentic version of myself to be the most attractive.

So yeah, I'm going into this year with an open mind and clear intentions, and I definitely encourage you to do the same. I'd love to hear what your "resolutions" are, so feel free to drop me a comment.

Happy new year, friends, may it be the best one yet.

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