NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TIME!
Every year since I started Inspiralized, I’ve shared my New Year’s resolutions.
Some people make resolutions every day and they don’t need the New Year to make resolutions. For some, the first of the year is a monumental time for change.
For me, it’s just another way to realign my goals. I realign my goals every few months, but there’s something extra rejuvenating about the first of a whole new year.
First, I like to reflect on last year’s resolutions before making 2016 resolutions, in case any will carry over.
1. Be more organized. I could have been better, but I definitely made strides in the right direction.2. Focus on my daily to-do lists. Yes, I was a slave to Evernote (what a life saver it was in 2015!)
3. Don’t overcommit, it’s okay to not have plans. I RSVPd no to a lot, and I’m continuing to work on this. Somewhere halfway through 2015, someone told me, “If it’s not a “hell yes!” it’s a no.”
4. Be more polished. I invested more time in my wardrobe, accessorizing and maintaining an organized living space, which has helped me feel more polished.
5. Do things that foster my creativity. I started InspiralizedAli.com as an outlet for this, but then I got bombarded with my second cookbook’s manuscript, so I had to put it on hold. I’m looking forward to starting it over again in 2016! However, I definitely want to roll this resolution over to 2016, because I could’ve done a better job.
My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Spend more time with my girlfriends. It’s hard to find balance when you own a business you’re so emotionally invested in. This year, I want to stay more in tuned with my friends’ lives and make more of an effort. I cherish those friendships so much (I’ve known my core girlfriends since pre-school!)
2. Become a morning person. This is the year that I become a morning person! Starting January 4th (the first Monday of the New Year), I’ll be waking up early and starting my day at 7am instead of 8am. That 1-hour change will result in 5 more hours in the work week! Imagine what I could do with 5 hours! At least 2 days during the week, I’d also like to fit in morning workouts. I can’t wait to see how my productivity levels improve by waking up early! Besides, most successful people rise early.
3. Stop beating myself up for not making it to the gym. I’m finally at peace with my body – I’m proud of it and I stopped saying critical things about it (even in jest!) That was thanks to the fit journey I went on the past year or so. However, if I can’t fit in a workout, I tend to feel really guilty and shameful. This is such bad energy! Instead of having these feelings, I’m going to refocus that energy on making healthy diet choices to balance out the missed workout. Simple as that!
4. Take more time for myself. Even though I’m alone every day working from home on Inspiralized, that’s not time for me – that’s time for my business. I want to take more time for me, whether that’s going for daily walks or going to a coffee shop and reading for 30 minutes.
5. Finally find a cause to support long term. The non-profits I’ve always turned to are the American Diabetes Association (because my mother is a Type 1 diabetic) and hunger-oriented organizations such as City Harvest or No Kid Hungry. This year, I want to truly invest in a cause and make the effort to become a part of the change.
Happy New Year to you all! Have an absolute blast ringing in the New Year and I’ll see you in 2016!!