2014: Keep good going

Tis the season for resolutions!! Whether you’re a fan of them or not…we’ve come to that very special time of year when we are all inundated with a flurry of ads for self-help books, weight loss programs and gym specials – and sweeping promises of going cold turkey on whatever vice you have while simultaneously (not to mention miraculously) dropping 50 pounds by March.

Now, don’t get me wrong…I don’t think resolutions…goal setting…aiming to better oneself… are bad. In fact, I think having goals is an essential part of growing and changing, but I do think success lies in how you go about it. And, personally, I don’t think that success lies in picking apart your life and focusing on what you think sucks…whether that’s a relationship, your salary, weight,  job, habits, hobbies, commute, social life… your… hair? Whatever!

What if we spent time reflecting on the good…instead of focusing on what we don’t like or didn’t accomplish? I mean…shouldn’t we be moving into a new year with a renewed sense of hope? Not … “Uhhhg, okay, I’m a whale…why can’t I look like [insert your favorite celebrity here]??? 2014 will be way better if I drop like 30 lbs, right?”

I know that’s not necessarily easy to do, but wouldn’t it be great to look at what made you happy in the last year and create goals that will keep you moving in that positive direction?

So keeping that in mind, here are some of my goals:

  • Run again. The feeling of accomplishment from my races this year was incredible. Time to grab that adrenaline rush again.

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  • Give back. I was involved with a few non-profit organizations through work this year, and I’d love to expand upon that and really get involved with a cause I’m passionate about.

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  • Get social. Like in real life…with real people. Let’s be honest, it can be daunting to make new friends as an adult. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some pretty amazing people this year by going outside of my own comfort zone and joining events/groups filled with people who geek out about the same stuff I do.

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  • Segue that to…embrace my inner nerd. Embrace what I’m passionate about…who cares what other people think about it. I mean…I can love dessert and running, or high heels and Chucks. I can love bopping around to Top 40 AND any number of Joss Whedon projects. They’re not mutually exclusive. Seriously.

  • Schedule time for myself. Pen to planner. and make it happen.

  • Travel. I was finally able to get some travel in this year through work. I’m lucky enough to have friends and family in amazing cities across the entire country…time to plan, pack and take off.

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  • Appreciate it all. We live in a world surrounded by social channels filled with posts that would make you think everyone’s lives are simultaneously super exciting, glamorous, hilarious, perfectly styled and manicured, delicious, filled with storybook love and romance, busy but zen, and fat-free (spoiler alert! they’re not..) – it can be really easy to get caught up in that, and while none of those things are bad, snapshots of other people’s lives shouldn’t influence whether or not I’m happy with mine because… I have a lot to be thankful for.

  • Be happy.

So, tell me, for you… what’s good in the coming year?

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Goals for 2011

On paper, my resolutions – goals…whatever you want to call ‘em!.. seem pretty involved, but I feel confident that I can accomplish ‘em! There’s always room for improvement, right?

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Even if Urban Dictionary doesn’t think I can. haha

Health – the biggie!

This isn’t the “I want to lose ‘x-number’ of pounds in the New Year” resolution. For me, it’s the overall goal of health and wellness. The last year has been a wake up call for me – various members of my family are dealing with pretty serious illnesses, and while the illnesses aren’t necessarily genetically connected it has inspired me to be healthier than ever. This includes being more active, better stress management, eating  cleanly, and just being more invested in my own well-being

  • Sticking with the gym – I have a tendency to stick with it when things aren’t hectic, but the moment things start getting a little crazy I stop going (October through December – being a prime example). Basically, stick with it – especially when things are really busy because that’s probably when I need the little rush of adrenaline and endorphins most!

  • Get back on the rink – I’ve been having a hard time finding a great ice rink in Boston – with year-round public skating – that is easy to access by public transit. However, I’m determined to find one. Bostonians – anyone know of any great indoor ice rinks?? It’s probably my favorite form of exercise. Ever.

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  • Read more about health and wellness – I need to educate myself more – it’s something that I really am passionate about, and I have gained so much knowledge being a part of this blog community…now, it’s time to contribute to that knowledge! Plus, I have so many cookbooks that I need to comb through!
  • Eat clean – Not 100% of the time, but definitely embrace a cleaner way of eating.
  • Yoga – I think this goes along with the stress management as well as being active. This was a goal that I didn’t reach last year, but my body and mind will definitely benefit from this.

  • Actually make more of my fellow bloggies’ recipes! I have entire folder dedicated to recipes I want to try, and more that I haven’t even put in there.

Budget

Spend less. hah. Seriously though, I’m not a big spender, as is, but this is something that can always be improved upon.

School/Work

Don’t give it anything but 100% (though, this could be applied to every facet of life, too).  However, don’t let it consume and stress me out.

Travel

Get out to Cali. Period. Fun in the sun! (with sunscreen, of course, haha)

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Read more – in general. I definitely need to pry myself away from the text books and read the pile of books that are next to my bed! It will probably make my textbook reading less tedious if I get some fun reading in there, too!

Have more adventures in and around Boston – appreciate this city more. My work with Blue Tierra Chocolate (my post on these amazing chocolates is: here) this semester has made me realize how there are those little gems tucked away in all corners of this city. I want to discover more restaurants, activities and areas….you know, go off the beaten path a bit.

Let the self-improvement begin!!

xoxo

It's that time of year again…

Ahh, I love Calvin and Hobbes. And though, I do somewhat agree with Calvin in the fact that you should love yourself “just the way you are” (in my head, I just sang “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel)….resolutions or …at least striving for self-improvement…are important to me.

Without delay — Jil’s 2010 Resolutions:

– Eat healthier (obviously! haha). I know that I eat pretty healthfully…but there is always room for improvement!

– Change up what I eat..aka variety is the spice of life, right?? 🙂

– Work my hardest in the upcoming semester.

– Be more frugal. (aka don’t let pretty shoes/clothes/sunglasses/purses seduce me)

– Get involved more in the school community.

– Begin (and stick with) a yoga routine. I know my body and mind will benefit from this one.

– Lose 10-15 more pounds…nothing specific — more as just an aim to be healthier and in better shape.

– Travel to see my best friend at least once.

– Read more often.

– Always be proud of who I am and what I’m doing and what I have accomplished.

– Be a better daughter, sister, friend, etc. It’s rather vague…but that’s how I like it. haha

– Keep on bloggin’ (duhhh :-P)

– Attend a blogging/food/health/fitness conference!!

-…and finally : LIVE, LAUGH & LOVE LIFE.

…2009 was a great year for me — I grew so much, learned so much and gained so much knowledge/love/wisdom/etc…and I can’t even imagine what 2010 has in store for me.

Hopefully lots of good eats and great fun!!!