Reflecting on New Year’s Resolutions & What I’ve learned about making goals

I don’t know about you – but good grief 2016 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I know the end of the year isn’t here yet, but today I wanted to write about my New Year’s resolutions from last year, reflect on what I’ve learned about making goals, and discuss resolutions for 2017. New Year’s resolutions are kinda silly, but for whatever reason, they’re the thing that I seem to be able to consistently blog about so let’s roll with it.

This year I started out with some lofty goals. Around this time last year I was a few months into my new job, sticking to a good workout routine, and was eating pretty well. 2015 still had it’s rough stuff, but it ended with me feeling optimistic. So I made a lot of goals. I’ll quickly go over them below and then talk about what I’ve learned.

New Years Resolutions for 2016:

  • Continue to be a good wife
    • still doing good with this one I’m pretty sure. I mean, no one is perfect but I think overall life is good. 🙂
  • Work hard on our YouTube channels and other creative projects
    • Check! I’m really falling in love with YouTube and I’m bursting with ideas for my channel!
    • I made a video trailer for Cameron and I’s channel that I am particularly in love with:
  • Finish writing my role playing game
    • Nope. didn’t even start this one. It’s been moved to the back burner. The burner wayyy in the back. But it’s not forgotten.
  • Take Incandescence Press to the next level by releasing books and expanding our network
    • 50% check? We released The Witchery of Archery early in 2016, but we haven’t gotten the sequel to Blazing the Sun out yet. Cameron still has to finish the manuscript for the sequel, so it’s not totally my fault. 😀 Cameron also started his blog, and we launched the Stupid Talk webcomic, so I’m pretty happy with what we’ve achieved so far. Is it the next level? I am not sure. But regardless, we’re always moving forward with Incandescence Press and it’s exciting.
  • Consume higher quality media, such as books, rather than internet clickbait.
    • Ehhh…. I sort of did better. I stopped redditing so much, although I still check it just about every day. I’d say I really need to keep at this goal.
  • Hit goal weight
    • Nope. Not even close. but I didn’t gain, so that’s good.
  • Run a 10K
    • Again, nope. I sprained my foot badly in July, it really, really put a crimp in my plans.
  • Rollerblade backwards
    • Nope. Cameron and I have stopped going to Skateworld regularly due to his knee problems, and spraining my foot didn’t help either.
  • Do 10-15 full pushups regularly
    • Nope. I got up to 7 full ones earlier this year, and I just need to get back at it. I know I can do this.
  • Complete the Kayla Itsines BBG
    • Nope. I did part of it, but again, spraining my foot didn’t help me at all.
  • Do another multi-day hike
    • Check! You can watch videos about our adventures on our YouTube channel. 🙂

So anyway, I wasn’t as successful as I would have liked to have been. And I’ve been hard on myself about it. And I guess that’s what I wanted to write about today. This year I’ve been pushing myself hard personally and professionally, and I have learned some hard lessons. Like, to chill out. I am really good at doing “all the things” in some ways, but I’m bad at managing when I need to rest. For example, earlier this year I sprained my foot badly while trying Crossfit. insert plethora of crossfit jokes here It totally threw me off my game and I didn’t know how to handle it. Being injured was so frustrating. Working out was the only thing I was using to manage stress and the only time I was spending as “me” time. So when I had to quit working out, I started to feel like I was going nuts, because I was filling that “me” time with other work instead of stress relieving activities. I pushed myself hard at my day job and my side gigs, and managed my stress by binging on carbs when I wasn’t supposed to. (makes me feel sick, so it’s pretty self-destructive) I also experienced some other health issues this year that have left me exhausted, but after some reluctant visits to the doctor, that has finally started to improve a bit.

I don’t want to sound like a whiner about my physical health or anything, but it is important to me to talk about because it affected me a lot this year, and has been a big source of frustration and angst. The reasonable thing to do would be to “let it go” and get back on the horse as I was physically able to, but gosh, I have just hated myself for it. The latter half of 2016 I really beat myself up about being a failure when it came to the  goals I had. But you know, tomorrow is a new day, next month is a new month, and next year is a new year. And I feel like now, as 2016 is wrapping up, I’m feeling okay with what happened and hope that 2017 will start out on a positive note and I will keep at my goals. Without totally hating myself. Mostly. It’s a work in progress. I’ve been learning a lot about “self-care” this year. As it turns out, it’s not just a bunch of froo-froo hippy stuff, but what all normal adults have to do to manage life.

Bleh. Adulting. So overrated.

Anyway, I want to make some goals for 2017, but instead of just going balls to the wall “I want to do all of the things” goals, I want to keep it a little simpler this year.

2017 New Years Resolutions:

  • Keep at it with Incandescence Press. Support Cameron as we release the sequel to Blazing the Sun, and map out the goals for the 3rd book in that trilogy. 🙂
  • Work out a reasonable amount. Do what I can, and keep reaching towards running a 10k and doing 10 pushups, but don’t hate myself if I don’t make it. Just move forward.
  • Focus on creating content, rather than consuming so much. Whether it be for YouTube, this blog, or any of my other creative side projects, just make some things.
  • Really focus on learning to manage stress and caring for myself besides just working out all of my rage via exercise. I’m not saying that working out is bad, obviously, it’s a fantastic way to relieve stress, but I need to have alternate ways to manage stress. My number one thing to improve on this year is to even more than ever prioritize spending time outdoors. Nature is the absolute best therapy.

So that’s what I want to focus on for 2017. I know there is still a month left for 2016, but this is America and I do what I want. #heckyeah

What are some of the goals that you’re working on this year? Comment below if you’d like!

Until next time,

PEACE!

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