I’m back in the game. Well, to be honest, I was going to be back last week on the second of January, but I procrastinated like my life depended on it. But, now I’m here. And I want to wish you a Happy New Year – lots of health and happiness to you and your families!
Today let’s talk about resolutions, goals and other stuff.
I’m not sure how you’ll benefit from my rambling in today’s post, it’s mostly me me me talk, but I do hope that it can in some way, help you too. I’ll talk about fitness, blogging and a little bit about mental health, so I hope there’s something for everyone here.
Reflecting On Last Year
I think this is the first time in my life where I’m actually reflecting on the year before and not just “Screw you, you’re over. What’s next?”
Well 2018 wasn’t the best year of my life. It was in fact a tough year for me in a way. And I would’ve had mostly negative thoughts about it, if I didn’t take 10 minutes to look back and realize that this was in fact a year where I’ve learned a lot. That sucks, right? When someone says something like that you know their year sucked. What did you do, you learned, big deal. But I realized that 2018 was also a year of firsts for me. For example this kitten.
For the first time in my life, I had an animal at home – this kitten. And I was freaking out that I will get some type of incurable worm in my system. I took this kitten from the street when it was about a month old wandering around, starving and looking like it wouldn’t make the night. Took it to the vet, kept it warm at home and fed it constantly. It grew and now it’s in my dad’s yard – happy, free and healthy.
And you know what? Thinking of this, as just one example – makes me smile. It makes me happy that I got to experience what it’s like to have a kitten at home. And it was all worth it.
So was it a good or bad year? Honestly, I’m grateful for it and that’s all that matters.
2019: Be More Like An Otter
A little before Christmas, I went for a walk on the beach and I saw something I had only seen a few times in my life. Something that looked like a giant rat. I do believe it was an otter.
Now, the next part might be a little weird. I don’t see otters that often, so I decided to google the symbolism of this animal. The information I read described exactly what I needed in that moment.
The article said that otters appear in the life of someone when that person becomes too serious. And that’s exactly what I felt and thought the moment before I saw the otter.
Exactly, exactly what I was thinking. I was in a slump and been thinking how serious I’ve gotten over the last year and that I miss being me – the person who loves having fun, without worrying what anyone else thinks, someone who’s just free. Someone who goes with the flow, who knows how to let go when fights aren’t worth it and knows how to enjoy life when it happens.
My goal this year: Be more like the otter and have more fun.
I zoomed out, looked at my life and understood I’ve become more serious and stressed, because I didn’t keep the promises to myself and was constantly blaming me for things that didn’t work. At least in most cases.
It was like I wasn’t looking at me, like me anymore, I was some stranger, some employee who didn’t do his job and therefore was criticized him all the time.
So I figured, in order to be happy with myself and to completely be me again, I needed to keep my own promises to myself. To clear that overwhelm. So what I’ll need to do is to get more disciplined and organized at work and life this year. There are two things I’ll focus on in the first months:
- I’ll take time to look back and see all the good that’s happened, be grateful for what I have and what I’ve done.
- I’ll need to create systems and schedules that I can keep up with, so I can stay more organized at work, because I don’t want it to take over my life. You could say: work smarter, not harder.
Health And Fitness
- no snacking
- practice intermittent fasting
- make at least one meal low-carb
- exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes a day
- move every 45 minutes
My goal for this year is to reach five million people with this blog. During the last year I reached twice as many people than I did during the first three years of the blog. So for this year I’m setting a new, exciting, big goal.
I want to follow a schedule and be consistent with the blog, and overall take it more seriously. I’ll do what’s realistic for me – this means I’ll be posting twice a week on Monday and Thursday, so if you’re wondering when the next post will be up – now you know.
And that is it. I’ll be back on Thursday with a 30-Day workout plan which I’m super excited about!