Get It: Goals for 2019

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Woo-hoo! Can we just take a moment to celebrate reaching the new year? I don’t know about you, but this year was HARD in the best of ways. So much healing and growth over here, and a LOT of fun memories. But now I am super, super stoked to have a fresh, shiny new year before us with all the magic and possibilities. Who knows what can happen?

Lately, I have stopped setting “goals” in the sense of having a specific thing and deadline to acheive said thing. I find that I either get really “meh” about it and give up, or once I achieve the thing I’m left with a “what’s next?” feeling and it takes a while to get motivated to do a new Thing. So nowadays I prefer to think of my goals as more like intentions or affirmations. Stuff I want to become, but are ever-evolving so I don’t have to feel pressured to not “fail” and not get into a slump. For me it’s a way more positive way to look at it.

So what’s in store for 2019?

One more Whole30 in January

Ugh. I know. Again. I just did one in September! But some of my coworkers are on board, and I said I’d do it in solidarity. Honestly, this may be my last one for a while. I feel pretty good on what food works for me/doesn’t work for me, and my challenge currently is to put more effort into being intentional with my health-for-me eating. I tend to get lazy and order a lot of take-out and convenience food when I feel overwhelmed with the usual Life Stuff, which if you “choose your own hard” just means I feel crummy and tired which begets more unhealthy-for-me convenience food. It’s a cycle.  So this Whole30 my focus is more on the habits to get me eating consistenly well, and less about the what I’m eating: weekly meal prepping, planning ahead, and forcing myself to eat what’s in the fridge rather than grab something on-the-go.

CrossFit 3x/week (and maybe some half marathons)

I recently started up my membership at my local gym again, and I am sooooo happy to be back! I had taken a year off, and I really missed it. As much as I love running, there is something about the fellowship of seeing familiar faces when I walk into the gym that I don’t get elsewhere. Also, holy wow I LOVE barbell work. We’ve been doing TONS of oly lift work since I returned, and I am just so warm-fuzzy good. Just slap some plates on a barbell and I will snatch, clean, jerk, and be happy.

Also, since my cancelled half back in November, I haven’t really been running or looking for new races, and I do want to get back to it. Now that the sun will slowly be creeping back in the morning I’ll have fewer excuses to get outside and run. I’ll put together a racing calendar for the year and in between the strength I’ll gain with CrossFit and a steady running program I’ll be able to do some distance racing consistenly. Because fun, right?

Marie Kondo All the Things

OMG, you guys, did you know that the new “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” show is on Netflix? That’s right, they made the hit home organizaiton book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” into a series. I started watching last night and I am so ready to go through my house and “spark joy” all over my stuff. My kids and I all have birthdays in November/December and then Christmas happens, so by the new year we are drowning in stuff! For my own sanity I am making plans to start going through the house and declutter. There’s something about a small home that makes a few items out of place feel like a few hundred. But I am in fact a strange human and I LOVE to clean and declutter, so while this will be an extensive project, I’m super pumped for it.

Bloggy Blog!

Finally, I want to blog more than once a month. It’s been something I’ve been trying to get back to doing consistently for a while, but haven’t figured out how to make the time for it other than get less sleep, and I like sleep. It keeps me healthy and sane. Both good things. But I also like writing and sharing my life here. So I’ll keep experimenting with different schedules and pockets of time (sometimes writing from my WordPress app on the train commute is the best I can do!) to compose my posts and do my best to remember “progress, not perfection!”

And that’s my stuff! Are you putting together some goals or intentions for the year? Or are you just winging it and seeing what comes your way? I’d love to hear your thoughts on new years resolutions!

Go make it a great day!

ERtR’s 2016 Resolutions

Welcome to a bright and shiny new year! I couldn’t resist taking a crappy iphone photo of the last sunset of 2015 from my deck the other night:

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I don’t always make New Years resolutions. Sometimes I do, but rarely do I keep them up the full year. You know, like EVERYONE ELSE pretty much. I usually fall into one or two traps: either I don’t make them goal-ish enough where they’re something I can actually track, measure, and improve on, or I take on too much too soon and burn out. This year we’re going to incorporate both traps! So here is my list of reasonably vague and overwhelming resolutions for this year.

My 2016 Resolutions

1. Whole30 & Whole9 Monthly Challenge

I’m participating in the January Whole30 this month (on Day 2, woot!), and will finish this up by January 30th. I might do another one later this year depending on how things go (i.e. how off the rails I slide between now and then.

A group of folks on the Whole30 Forum proposed doing a “Whole9 Challenge” that I think is pretty cool. The Whole30 is just one aspect of a larger organization called the Whole9, which preaches nine factors for optimal health including nutrition, sleep, socialization, getting outdoors, healthy movement, and other stuff. So each month we’ll focus on improving one of these nine pillars of health. I’ll post this in more detail later.

2. Crossfit twice a week

I’m currently crossfitting twice a week, and will continue to do so. Eventually I want to boost that to at least 3 times a week, but we’ll see how time and energy will allow.

3. Blog daily and keep up with my feed

I will intend to blog daily, but y’all know how that goes when Life Stuff happens. But I’ll do my best. Some days there just isn’t much to talk about, and it’s okay to take a break now and then. What I won’t do is go on month-long hiatuses without first announcing it. Let’s be honest, usually when I don’t blog it’s because I’m not making it a priority and I’m just being lazy.

Also, I keep trying to follow my bloggy friends, but usually it’s just a quick glance from my Feedly app and I can’t always comment right then and there so I tell myself “I’ll do this later from my computer” then it doesn’t happen. So I’d like to make more of an effort to interact with the blogging community by prioritizing reading and commenting.

4. Get adequate nutrition, rest, and recovery

Now that I’m working out for realz again, I’m noticing the effect it’s having on my body. I’m sore, tired, and so. hungry. So I’m prioritizing a lot of recovery and self-care such as foam rolling, early bedtimes, and an Epsom salt bath when I feel really achy.

5. Play with the kids every day

Guilty parent moment: Squish asks me about 147 times a day to play with him, and usually 146 to 147 of those times I respond with, “I can’t, I’m working/doing chores,” “Not now,” or my personal favorite, “Sure, in a few minutes.” Total lie, a few minutes later I just move on to something else and we repeat the request-response circle until bedtime. I’m not building any credibility with him with flaking on my promises all the time, and they’re not going to be this young and eager for Mom to play with them forever, so I’d better seize my chance while I still can. Even if it’s just five minutes, I need to carve out play time. I mean, Fun and Play is another Whole9 factor, so I’m sure on that month when I’m focusing on it life will be all couch forts and super awesome train track setups!

6. Everything in it’s place, and a place for everything

When we moved from our apartment to our house in May, we didn’t have a lot of stuff since we were up-sizing so much. But the stuff we did have, I didn’t really do a good job of organizing it when we moved it. Things just got shoved onto shelves and closets and there’s no rhyme or reason. Then of course we have all this space now, so we can get more stuff! I’m sick of the clutter, and it’s hard for anyone to feel comfortable with helping me put anything away because apparently only I know where anything goes thanks to the haphazard “organization” system. I’m not sure how I’ll structure it yet, but over the year every room, closet, drawer, and shelf will by systematically cleaned out and reorganized in a way that everyone agrees on. Plus, we’ll have a routine clean-up process so every evening and weekend chores get done and clutter dealt with. And now the Gods laugh, because I am a mere mortal thinking I can make this happen.

7. Be happy. Find a system of replacing negative thoughts with loving ones

After my break since October, I’m going back to therapy. It was nice trying to ride my own bike for a bit, but I still have some areas where I need assistance. Since I’m trying to manage my depression without drugs, I need to lean on other modalities more. One of my biggest pitfalls is allowing myself to get weighed down with negative thoughts, and not bothering with trying to replace them with positive ones. It’s a practice and not something that’s easy to just “do” when you’re suffering from mental illness, but it makes a big difference if I keep up the practice.

8. Search out a method of spirituality that resonates with me

This one is a bit personal, because everyone has strong feelings about what they believe. That’s awesome, and I think religion and spirituality is a beautiful thing and I am happy for folks that have found their path in whatever way that is. For me, I really don’t like organized religion. I tend to march to the beat of my own spiritual drum, and I don’t like others telling me what/how I should go about thinking about the universe and beyond. But I do like the community and connection that comes with bonding with others over like-minded philosophies. So I’ll do some searching and reading and find a community that shares what I feel. Worst case, I make one up myself! “Church of the Emily: Come Be Your Own Awesome.” Haha.

9. Read books and update my Goodreads list monthly

I love reading. It’s my favorite. I don’t always make time for it, but when I do I can plow through a book in one or two sittings. I’d like to do a better job of tracking what I’ve read/will read through my Goodreads account because I like to track those things and recommend stuff I’ve enjoyed to others. Recommendations are always welcome!

10. Find joy, and love hard

And then this. Find the joy in life, and love life hard. That is all.

Go make it a great year!