Updated: Aug 18
This is the year - the year I graduate, get a “real” job, travel more, run my first marathon, make a difference, the list of goals goes on and on.
I've been stuck, like a hamster on it's wheel, repeating the same cycle of setting unrealistic resolutions and bumming myself out by the end of the year. Therefore, this year isn't about setting impractical resolutions and realizing in October that I never accomplished anything. This year is about being intentional with my actions, my thoughts, and my time.
My first goal of 2020 is to be more eco-friendly. After studying abroad in Australia, I developed a greater appreciation for the planet we live on. The better we take care of it, the longer we'll be able to live on it. I'm working towards being more environmental cautious by only stopping to buy groceries if I have reusable bags with me. I'm ditching the thin, plastic grocery bags and using my reusable produce and shopping bags. Thankfully, most stores offer these reusable shopping bags for purchase in case I forget.
I'm cutting back on single use waste by buying groceries and products in bulk such as quinoa, nuts and spices. I'm using glass jars to store these products and it's more appealing to see clear containers categorized on my shelves rather than plastic bags piled on top of one another. I'm in the process of making homemade cleaners and skin products and encouraging others to recycle.
My second goal of 2020 is to run my first half marathon! I'll be running the Nashville Rock 'n Roll marathon on April 25th (which is also my birthday). I started training yesterday and surprisingly ran a steady 3 miles against the wind. In an effort to maintain the energy to run 4 times a week I've decided to extremely cut down on alcohol and by extremely cut down, I mean only drink on weekends.
Finally, I'm going into this new decade with a more mindful approach. How is what I am eating effecting my mood, my body, and my productivity? What are the benefits of my actions? How is what I'm doing making a positive influence on others, on my relationships, and on my mindset?
In an effort to be more mindful, I'm reflecting on my days, prioritizing my daily tasks, recognizing when my mind and body need rest, and striving to be conscious of how I spend my time.
I know I will struggle but I know I will not fail. Everything hard in life has challenges and this year I am challenging myself to become the best version of myself.
Here's to a new year!