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My 7 New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

Can you believe it’s already 2018?

As I look back on this year, it’s crazy to think how far I’ve come.  I got a master’s degree from a top university, I moved to the east coast, and I finally started a running blog that’s allowed me to meet amazing people (like you!).  However, personally and environmentally, I consider 2017 to be a very transitional, painful year.  Lately, I have found myself being anxious and stressed and I acknowledge that most of it has been self-inflicted.

That’s not to say pain is an inherently bad thing.  When I was 11 years old, I grew 8 inches in one summer.  The growing pains were unbearable.  Most days, I sat in a hot bath crying and willing the aching in my legs to go away.  When all was said and done, I shot up to 5’9″.  Nowadays, I love being tall.  It’s one of the things that makes me, me.  But the bottom line is I had to go through a little pain to get there.

Today, I sat down and put a pencil to some paper and thought about how I’ve felt this year, and what I can do to grow from it.  When I sit down next year, what will I have hoped I accomplished?

Volunteer once a month.

Whether it’s at a homeless shelter or a nursing home, I want to interact with the less fortunate.  Giving back to others has always been a part of my life, albeit a smaller one.  I find that it puts many aspects of my own life into perspective.  I’m hoping to use this blog as my accountability – I want to recap my volunteering activities

Do one positive social event and/or travel somewhere new every two months.

I have a lot of amazing friends all over the globe.  It’s been my fault losing touch or not traveling to places where they live.  This past summer, I went crabbing with a bunch of girls in Baltimore.  Hanging with natives was the most fun I’ve had in a long time whilst on vacation.  Every two months, I want to plan some sort of positive activity with friends.  Bonus points if I have to travel in order to meet them.

Treat my skin like it’s precious – have a clear complexion by March.

I used to have clear skin, but when I hit my late 20’s, the narrative totally changed.  I’ve noticed hyperpigmentation, scarring, and worst of all, adult acne.  Blech.  It’s time to get on a positive skincare regime and stick with it.  In typical SMART goal fashion, I’m hoping to show you results and what I’ve done to improve it by March.

PR a 5k this April.

This spring, I want to focus less on endurance and more on my speed.  I ran a turkey trot over Thanksgiving and realized my times were slipping.  I want to run a few 5k’s this spring and get my time down to 21:00.

Pay off my credit cards by September – start investing.

Remember that “masters” thing I talked about earlier?  It absolutely savaged my bank account, and a lot of times I find myself panicking about my finances.  It’s time to get this sh*t on lock and pay off those debts.  I want to pay off my credit cards, gain multiple sources of revenue, and start investing.  Otherwise, why did I take all those investment classes?

 Lose ten pounds by November.

I lost 20 pounds and gained ten over the holiday season.  Although I’m not in full panic mode, if I’m going to speed up my race times, I have to shave off some extra poundage.

Reach 100,000 views on Unicorns Welcome by December.

This blog has been such a great outlet for me.  Even more, it feels like I’m dreaming some days when someone mentions a snippet of advice I gave and how it’s benefited them in some way.  My only gripe is I never thought to do this sooner!  In this new year, I hope to go beyond writing.  I want to host/cover fitness events, make a few YouTube videos, and maybe create some of my own #SWAG.

And there ya have it.  My ideal 2018.

I hope that my resolutions helped you come up with some of your own.  And I hope you’ll hold me accountable to mine.  Let’s all make 2018 the best year yet!

 

PS: The jewelry in my post is from my good friends at Kenza Collection.  They sell incredible pieces with a bunch of good vibes injected into the stones.  Check them out!

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