New Habits + Gradual Change

This time of year is always full of so much potential for so many people - resolutions, goals, reflecting on past achievements. I like change + even more so a challenge, so I was so tempted to set some crazy goal and try to get it done by the end of January. (Mind you, I didn't know what it was going to be because I never got that far.) I reread last-years blog post about how much I resent New Year's resolutions and decided to squash that whole idea. I've made good progress since last year and I don't think I need an unrealistic, crazy "challenge" for January to "kick me into gear" (another buzzword I've been hearing a lot lately; you're probably not being as lazy as you think you are, so chill and just make gradual changes!) A few days ago, I was looking through my bullet journal and stumbled across a half-finished page and immediately knew what today's post was going to be about. The page was titled "make it a habit" and I thought, especially being around resolution-time-of-year, this post seemed so fitting.

I'm terrible with stretching before and after running and after workouts, so I really need to step it up. I've also lost so much flexibility since when I did gymnastics + I'm hoping to get most of that back - I miss being able to fold up like a pretzel ;)

✩  BED AT 9  ✩
I've been reading so much that a consistent bedtime is so important for a good sleep routine + I think that 9 is a perfect time. 9 - 5 gives me a solid 8-hour sleep!

...probably the trickiest one on the list, but I'll make an attempt; an attempt to put my life + people in my family's lives first before I become involved in other people's.

✩  30 MIN OUTSIDE  ✩
Fresh air is SO GOOD!!!!!

✩  READ  ✩
I love reading to wind down and often times push it off because I feel I "don't have time" but I feel like I've been just using that as an excuse because I don't make the time.

✩  64 OZ OF WATER  ✩
...for my skin, my health, my body... if water can't cure it, I don't know what can ;)

What can I say, music is good for the soul. Listening to it in the morning always puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day!

Seeing that page and what I had written down made me realize that CHANGE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DRASTIC!! You do not have to go from the couch to working out 7x a week. You do not have to go from pizza for dinner to a bunch of roasted veggies. You do not have to go from sleeping in until 30 minutes before you have to leave to waking up early and creating a whole morning routine. I think that the new year brings along a whole new sense that things have to change in order for you to have a productive year. Instead of writing dramatic things that I have to fully accomplish, I decided to finish my new habits bullet journal page and stick to those small adjustments. Aside from going to bed at 9 every night (which doesn't always happen because of homework), I think I've started to follow almost everything I've written down. Setting and achieving small challenges makes you feel so much more positive and confident to attack the bigger goals you set. 

I have much bigger things I want to accomplish than making sure I read every day, but I think that setting a New Year's resolution isn't the best way to tackle that. So I hope you join me in working towards what you want to achieve; set small habits to help make you more productive, write out your long-term and short-term goals, and don't ever get discouraged! You got this!! 

I'm excited for wherever 2019 takes you! 

Stay on the sunny side,

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! Great tips to keep in mind. I need to incorporate more of these into my daily routine <3

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