2013 Goals and Intentions
1. Eat more cleanly. Fewer processed foods; more vegetables. Eat more intuitively. Eat less emotionally.
2. Go to sleep by 11pm more often. (2x a week to start)
3. Go to yoga 12x a month. Do Mysore regularly for 1 month. (Summer?)
4. Meditate 5 minutes per day (morning).
5. Get up earlier (this will come out of #2…).
6. Log my exercise (I used to do this). And use my Erin Condren planner.
7. Spend less money and save up to start my own business someday.
8. Find at least one other source of income aside from my day job.
9. Simplify. Minimize. Give away clothes and things that I don’t use. Buy less. Have less. Stress less.
What are your 2013 goals?
Back at the end of June, I joined a yoga studio in my neighborhood. It’s a beautiful studio – Pure Yoga, owned and operated by Equinox – and I go fairly regularly. The studio is in the basement levels of a building on 86th street, but the lack of natural light is not even noticeable. The facilities are absolutely beautiful and the showers…
…Are to die for. This photo doesn’t do them justice.
Anyway, I wanted to highlight the studio because it’s included in some of my November goals. Here we go:
- Go to 15 yoga classes this month. (I wanted to make it 20, but I am going to be traveling for 1 week and I don’t think 20 is doable.)
- Floss once a day (night). I floss but sometimes I miss a day.
- Try 3 new restaurants. Bobby and I eat out a lot – but we tend to go to the same places over and over again.
- Try 3 new dishes at restaurants I already go to.
- Go to a yoga class on my business trip (to… India! More later.).
- Stay healthy during holiday/family gatherings. For me this means making the difficult decision – bread, wine, or dessert?
- Test and then make a new recipe for Thanksgiving dinner (this year it’s sort of potluck-style).
- Read 2 books.
What are your November goals?
New Year’s Resolutions are tricky. It’s great to want to make a positive change in your life, but if you bombard yourself with expectations at the beginning of the year, it’ll probably be nearly impossible to follow through on all of them. That goes for any time of year I suppose. If you have all these resolutions and have trouble realizing them, it might make you more likely to abandon them all and give up. And that is not what we want.
Maybe it’s time for a new way of thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. What about 12 resolutions, but instead of starting them all on January 1st, you start a new resolution each month (and try to keep up with the old ones as you add the new)? On January first, start with one new intention – it doesn’t have to be hard; maybe it’s even better to start with your easiest goal to give yourself some confidence for the harder ones ahead. (See below the lists for my own resolutions plan.)
Here’s a list of ideas to get started:
Food & Fitness Resolutions
- Ditch diet soda (and artificial sweeteners in general).
- Eat less. (Makes you live longer.)
- Go to a yoga class 2-3 times a week.
- Get out for a 20 minute walk every day. Take a friend or family member.
- No eating or snacking after dinner.
- Eat breakfast daily.
- Cut back on caffeine (1 cup a day!).
- Eat less grains and sugars.
- Eat more organic and local food.
- Eat more salads.
- Only have dessert once a week (but make it good).
- Do 5 sun salutations each morning when you wake up.
Mental & Social Resolutions
- Read more – a book a week? (Or at least 30 minutes a day, if the book is too long to read in a week.)
- Hang out with friends twice a week.
- Laugh often.
- Go to the movies, a concert, or another kind of show – 3-4 times a month.
- Stay hungry. Stay foolish. (What does this mean to you?)
- Join a credit union. (Going “local” for finances.)
- Track your spending and then find a way to save $100 each month (that’s just $25 a week, less than $5 a day).
- Meditate for 5 minutes a day (option to increase time on a weekly or bi-weekly basis).
- Go out on a date once a week with the husband. (Get dressed up!)
- Give away old or unused clothes. (Or any other items you’re not using.)
- Donate time to charity.
- Organize one area or room of your home each week.
My plan is to pick one from each list each month and stick with it. For the first month I’m going to do Food Resolution #1 (ditch the diet soda and artificial sweeteners) and Mental Resolution #1 (read a book a week). I already broke Food Resolution #1 by having diet soda yesterday and no-sugar-added ice cream (I think it had Splenda) at a dinner party, but I’m counting today as my start because I didn’t come up with my lists until today.
My book for the week is called Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson (who also wrote A Walk in the Woods) (my dad got me the book for Christmas). The title may sound boring, but it is in fact packed with juicy tidbits about the evolution of American English as well as a much needed refresher on US History (I have forgotten most of what I learned in APUS). Did you know that the word dime (as in 10 cents) was originally supposed to be pronounced “deem”? It came from the French word disme, which meant “a tenth”.
I will leave you with this delicious salad that I bought at a little deli near my apartment for lunch today:
It has a mesclun-ish base, grilled chicken, roasted veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant), mushrooms, diced beets, and sauteed fajita veggies.
What are your resolutions? Do you have multiple, or do you stick with one?
Note: This is replicating similar functionality that is built in with WordPress.COM blogs (but not .ORG). If you are self-hosting your blog using WordPress then you are .ORG (that is what I am). If you host your blog using WordPress.COM you don’t have to worry about all this because it’s built in. If you are not even using WordPress you can just skip down a few paragraphs to the updates below.
I don’t know about you, but when I comment on a blog with a question I very rarely go back to check for an answer. I like it when the blogger emails me back from the comment notification email they get in their inbox from WordPress. I also reply to nearly all my comments this way. I should really add the responses to my blog since sometimes people ask good questions that other people might want to see the answer to. So…
Best Blog Commenting Reply Plugins for WordPress
Reply to a comment on a post –> sends an email to the commenter.
First, if you don’t already have nested comments enabled, do so. It’s under Settings –> Discussion –> Enable threaded (nested) comments. This makes it so your comment replies are indented, like so:
Second, install Comment Reply Notification (search for it under Plugins –> Add New). This one sends an email to the commenter after you write a reply. You will need to go to Settings –> Comment Reply Notification and select the option that you want (I did “Anyone replies”). You can also change the format of the email that gets sent out with the reply.
Voila! Now you can have comment replies on your blog that also go to the original commenter’s email.
I will be replying a whole lot more now that I have this up and running. I’m very excited!
August Goal Setting Update
Last week I listed out some goals that I wanted to make progress on by my birthday in mid-September.
Sleep goal. I am happy to say that I went to bed early-ish every night this last week! The latest I stayed up was on Saturday night (til about 1am) but all the other nights I was in bed around 11:30pm. I am so happy.
Fitness goals. No yoga yet, unfortunately, but lots of walking. I don’t know why I haven’t been into yoga lately. This was me doing down-dog on the lanai (balcony) on the honeymoon. I did actually do a yoga class in Hawaii; it was yoga on the beach in the early morning. (We were both morning people on the honeymoon because we didn’t really do the time change. So 6am in Hawaii was like noon in NYC. It worked.)
Music fun. Here is a lovely song by a band called Mumford & Sons. We are seeing them later this year. They are fantastic. Just wait for the chorus!
I will be back tomorrow with a standard healthy post. I just wanted to offer up that comment info for anyone who might find it useful, and do the goal update.
Do you have any great plugins you want to share?