Happy New Year

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks for me. Life busy + work busy = crazy.

I wrapped up the end of 2015 with a ten-day trip to St. Louis to see family and friends. We haven’t been back since last March, and we wanted a little facetime with a long list of people. That week and a half went a little like this: get up early, run, work for a few hours, have lunch with a friend, work until early evening, go out with friends, catch a few hours of sleep, repeat.

Ryan and I joke it was more an exercise of time management than a relaxing trip. We returned to Chicago exhausted and in pursuit of a little solitude. But even with all the running around, spending quality time with the people I love the most was a great way to end the year.

2015 went down in the books as one of the best years of my life. I acted on a lifelong goal of moving to Chicago. I started an incredible job I never want to leave. I finally traveled across the pond to Europe. I learned new things that altered my worldview. I met people who changed me for the better. I deepened relationships with people who make my life infinitely happier and more peaceful.

I don’t know how 2016 will beat it, but I’m optimistic the next twelve months have amazing moments in store for me.

I typically do some kind of a I-hate-resolutions-but-structured-goals-are-the-only-way-I-move-forward (you follow that?) blog post the first week of the year, but I’ve been on the fence of doing one this year.

Last January, I made a bunch of goals, most of which I ended up throwing out the window by mid-February during the move to Chicago. And I still had an incredible year. So maybe I shouldn’t start the year thinking I know which direction I want to take for 365 days. Maybe I should take it one month at a time.

But the planner in me needs a starting point. So here are a few loose goals I have planned for 2016:

1. Read 52 Books

I’m cringing as I type this, because it feels too ambitious to publish on the Internet. Failure is too possible. But as I was scrambling to hit my 2015 goal of 36 books last month, forcing myself to read for an hour every night, I realized I didn’t miss the nightly Netflix binges I had to cut. I didn’t miss whatever I was doing with my time before the mad book scramble. (What was I doing?! I really don’t know.) So I’m aiming to push myself to read one book a week, no matter what’s going on.

2. Watch Less Junk on Netflix

Let’s be honest, I’m not ending my love affair with Netflix anytime soon. However, I’d like to at least refocus my screen time to more documentaries or educational shows to expand my brain a bit. If any of you have a good recommendations besides Making a Murder (which is next on my list), let me know in a comment below.

3. Continue to Drink 90 oz of Water a Day

During the All I Want for Christmas is a Sixpack health and fitness group my friend, Bri, ran in November and December, she introduced me to the Plant Nanny app. It logs your daily water intake and rewards you with growing plants. I struggled to drink 90 oz of water every single day at first, but now hitting my daily hydration goal is automatic for me. I’ve become addicted to my growing virtual garden, which is proof that anything can be gamified. And I feel fantastic.

These three goals are definitely light. I’m not planning on taking over the world here. But who knows who I’ll be and what I’ll want in 6 months from now, or even 6 weeks from now? These three feel right for right now.

Did you make any resolutions? I want to hear about them! Let me know in a comment below.

1 Comment
  • Brian
    January 21, 2016

    We just finished MAM…I went back and forth with each episode on if I thought he did it or not. With all the info coming out after the series…is it possible to say he may be guilty as well as the cops? That whole family of his is a mess. So many of them have records and some big stuff. Hopefully you’ll write up what you think about the whole thing as I’m curious what you think of it all

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