End of the Month: 2017 Resolutions and Bucket List

End of the Month: 2017 Resolutions and Bucket List

It’s the end of January already?!? How is everybody doing on their New Year’s resolutions so far? I sincerely hope they’ve not gone out the window for you, but I don’t blame anyone who’s lost that spark. New Year’s fervor motivation does seem to wear off quickly when you’ve committed to something that barely seems manageable for a week, let alone A WHOLE YEAR! But we don’t frown on you for trying! TY and I actually have some resolutions and 2017 bucket list items to share with you. Let’s continue into February feeling strong!

KK here! I usually do specific goals each year, but for 2017 I decided on a general theme instead, which is: feel comfortable in my own skin.
Vague, huh? Well, yes and no. There are multiple ways I can go about resolutions, and some progress is better than no progress. Heck, even trying and having no progress is better than setting an unrealistic goal, failing, and then sliding back into old habits! Hence a theme instead of a specific goal.
I really don’t think it’s sustainable to try and map out your entire year with a lofty goal in mind. Instead, why not try mini goals toward a bigger idea? Think about why you want to lose those pounds or why you want to learn French, and then make that the goal.
It's not sustainable to try and map out your entire year with a lofty goal in mind. Instead, why not try mini goals toward a bigger idea? Think about why you want to lose those pounds or why you want to learn French, and then make that the goal.
Originally, my goal was to fit into my wedding dress (post on that coming later!).  Why do I want to do that? Other than the practical reasons —like I paid a lot of money for it, or how I want to be the best-looking bride in the history of ever–I just want to feel comfortable with myself. I’ve ruined a few wedding experiences of my own as a guest or bridesmaid, focusing on how I looked and forgetting that the wedding was not about me. Now imagine if I am still obsessed with my weight on my own wedding day? I don’t want to miss a second of the biggest party of my life and marrying the person of my dreams!
This year, I decided that I really want to focus on accepting my flaws, improving only what matters, and deciding on what doesn’t.  Here are the specific actions I’d like to take:

  • Complete a round of Whole30 - In progress! There will be another post on how that ends up next month!

  • Use Aaptiv! It is an app that delivers on-demand audio fitness that combines the guidance of a trainer with the perfect playlist to give you a fresh way to work out. And I am loving it!

  • Hiking with the dog, Eloise. 

  • Get a spin bike. DONE!

  • Learn how to pose in photos.

  • Actually get dressed in the morning. I work from home, so a full face of makeup and heels aren’t necessary, but I seriously need to upgrade my game from a sports bra and bunny slippers.

  • Feel confident enough to run in public. I am not a strong runner and so I am very self-conscious of running outside where...you know...people can see me not being a strong runner.

Now, my 2017 bucket list. I have four big things I want to accomplish this year.

  1. Start a podcast - In progress!
  2. Travel more, specifically out of the country: We have a few trips scheduled this year: a weekend in Seattle, a work trip to DC, our yearly pilgrimage to Chicago, celebrating my birthday in LA/San Francisco, and a trip to NORWAY (with a detour to Iceland)! Don’t worry, I’ll bring you along on via the blog as well as on Instagram. ;-)
  3. Buy a house:  Jared and I are very close to being ready to buy our first home together and I can’t wait to share that experience with you.
  4. Fit into my wedding dress: Again, there will be another post on that and I’ll keep you updated!

These are some of the mini and super doable tasks to self love and body confidence, as well as some big life goals to expand my horizons. Let’s check in with TY and get insight on her goals! What you got, girl?

Like many people either at the end of the year, or the beginning of a new one, we set goals: The Big NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! Some fun statistics, almost 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, however far fewer (around 8%) actually keep them. Many people (including us here at WORKKPARTY) top resolution is somehow related to health and/or fitness.

Most of the time, though, it’s just a statement to “get fit”, “lose weight”, or “go to the gym more often”. The key to actually accomplishing your resolutions is to set goals with measurements and steps, creating a plan on how to get there. Using the examples above, your goals should be specific, like: “increase my LBM (lean body mass) by 2%”, or “lose 3” off my waist”. I have two resolutions for this year that I’d like to share, and they are specific.

Last year, I crossed an item off my life bucket list- running a marathon–two actually :). This year my goal is to run a half-marathon in under 2:15 and a marathon in under 4:30. I have already signed up for a half, but still need to find a full marathon I want to do. I always ran throughout high school and college for fun, but I never thought I’d actually do a marathon until my brother convinced me to sign up for one (more like bullied me into it–what else are big brothers for?), and I’ve been addicted ever since. What can I say, I got bit by the run bug. My ultimate goal is Marathon Maniacs, which I’ll cover more in a later post.

My second goal for 2017 is to be on track financially to buy (or build) my own house within the next two years. Now, what does that mean to me, and what steps do I need to do to get there? The general plan; get rid of my debt, and start saving more (I feel a separate blog post concerning this issue coming soon). Owning my own house has always been on my bucket list (I usually prefaced that with, “before I get married” but that’s a different story), so it’s vital I start taking steps now.

Although, I only have two goals this year, they take a lot of commitment, time, and planning. I encourage you to have quality, measurable goals to help you stick to them. Formulate a plan of action so that you can finally achieve a New Year's Resolution (because I know I’m not alone when it comes to failed resolutions). Share some of your resolutions with us, and we can help keep each other accountable!

Until next time,
Love TY

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