2016 New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year!!

Call me corny, but I think the New Year is as good a time as any to set some new goals. Here goes:

  1. I’m always always trying to be a little more financially savvy. In 2015 I made some strides with organizing my bank accounts and credit cards to be more centralized and use deals like “cash back” and points to my advantage. In 2016 I’m planning to get more savvy about my retirement and investment situation so I know I’m making the most of it.
  2. Tying into the financial goals, I want to up my travel game in 2016. I took the standard trips in 2015 plus a couple fun long weekends in new places. I have a couple trips in the planning phase right now, and I’m hoping for some more opportunities to pop up this year. I know I’m going to have to be savvy with my budget and vacation days and I won’t be able to make every trip or destination wedding work, but I guess that’s just being an adult.
  3. Speaking of weddings, my best friend is getting married this year! I want to be the best Maid of Honor I can be. As we all know, wedding planning can be complicated and I’m going to do my best to be helpful and honest, but above all- supportive. I will not contribute to drama. I repeat. I will not contribute to drama.
  4. I have a bad habit of declining social invitations and skipping work related happy hours. To my credit, however, I did start attending more happy hours in the second half of 2015. My two general issues are: 1. I’m an introvert and socializing in certain settings can be very draining or stressful, and 2. I don’t like to drink very frequently (maybe five times a year total) which happens to be the opposite of DC culture in general. I would like to try to say yes to more invitations in 2016. No promises because this is one of the scarier ones for me, but I will try.
  5. Lastly, as usual, I want to do my best to be healthy. I’ve had some recent challenges that I’m anxious to resolve. Nothing serious, just some kinks that I have to work out with my doctor. So I need to keep communicating with my doctors, and do my best to hold up my end of the bargain with my own choices.

Sadie Dishes- Pinterest quote

What are your goals this year?

2015 Resolutions

Happy New Year! The best has yet to come!

Alice

Some people think New Year’s Resolutions are corny and unnecessary. Corny as they may be, I think it’s always a good opportunity to audit your life and set a few goals, whether it be in January or any other month of the year.

So here goes:

1. Streamline my wardrobe. Buy fewer clothes, but focus on higher quality, classics with a few statement pieces. Purge clothing that I don’t wear anymore. This is going to be a tough one for me, but I’ve already started:

2. Get a tighter reign on my finances and put some more forethought into my financial planning. I’ve already made a trip to the bank and gave my accounts a big overhaul! (this will be a fun one!)

3. Keeping up with friends new and old. Hopefully visiting (or hosting) old friends I haven’t seen in a while, and making an effort to meet up with local friends on a very regular basis. This sounds basic, but it’s always an area of improvement for me.

4. Focus on really engaging while I’m at work and learning as much as I can recognizing that I’m still in a phase of setting the foundation for my career.

5. And this list would not be complete without a diet related goal. With each year that goes by, I feel like I have a better handle on my eating habits. I’m not quite where I want to be yet, but I hope to continue to make progress in this respect. All the usual stuff: avoid emotional eating, prioritizing protein to stay fuller longer, and restrain myself when it comes to sugar.

6 Month Check In

It’s July already! Where did the time go? Since we’re just over halfway through 2013, I thought it would be a good time to check in with my New Year’s Resolutions. I’m feeling good about my progress so far:

Personal Goals

  • Graduate with my MBA – CHECK
  • Find a great full-time job- CHECK (I start today)
  • Make at least one international trip- CHECK (Milan and London)
  • Read more books (like maybe 10 for the year)- working on it, but off pace

Fitness Goals

  • Run another half marathon- CHECK (Colonial Half Marathon)
  • Push myself to run faster- I’ve been going up and down in pace, but I’m definitely faster than last year
  • Lead a successful Yorktown Victory Run (I’m the race director)- CHECK
  • Learn the Pilates Reformer- CHECK (I love it)
  • Add more variety to my fitness routine- CHECK (I’ve tried both yoga and Crossfit and hopefully I can make them regular parts of my routine)
  • Continue to make weight loss progress, and continue to stabalize my nutrional routine- I think I’m making baby steps with this (I’ve gone up and down a little because of some vacations, etc)  but I think having a full time job will help me stabilize my routine further

Cooking Goals

  • Make a successful challah bread- nope
  • Broaden my savory dish repertoire- a little bit
  • Try at least 3 new techniques like making marshmallows or risotto, or cooking with a new ingredient like tofu- CHECK on the marshmallows, and I made vegetarian dumplings with my mom
  • Cook more dinners at home rather than using places like Panera as my dinner option too often- CHECK, lately I’ve only been eating dinner out maybe twice a week tops, otherwise I make my own dinner

And let’s see how accurate my horoscope for 2013 from Yahoo was:

2013 brings you sweeping change and intensity, Virgo. The biggest transformation takes place in the realm of the mind. Communication, correspondence and courses of new study carry great importance. Saturn, the cosmic taskmaster, is spending a good chunk of time in the sector of your chart ruling the mental realms and communication. If you’re not already a powerful public speaker, teacher or writer, get ready to discover your latent potential to sway the masses with your power of speech! You’re also hungry for knowledge in 2013, and will want to strengthen your skill set and beef up your resume with even more knowledge than you possess naturally.

I can’t say this is word for word accurate, but I think it corresponds well to my transition from grad school to a new promising job. I love horoscopes!

So the moral of the story is that I need to make Challah bread, continue to improve with my weight management goals, and hit the books hard. I think I can do that in six months!