I’ve heard this a time or two and you probably have too. I’m actually a planner, a darn good one at that. I’ll plan the crap out of an event. Vacation, party, budget, schedule…… You name it and honey I’ve got a plan. What I am not, is a New Year’s resolutions maker. Some of us assume we’ll magically transform into a new person on January 1st. As if at the stoke of midnight, your fairy god mother will strike you with her magic wand and say, “wallah.” It takes a catapillar two weeks to transform into a butterfly. But let’s be real here; two weeks into the New Year and we’re already back to the same ole shenanigans from the prior year.
“So what makes this year different for me?”, you ask. I’m using my natural ability to plan and applying it to my 2017 goals. Normally, I’m a very private person, so announcing my goals to the world is quite difficult for me. Although I enjoy writing my blog, I still find it hard to put my inner most feelings and weaknesses on public display. But writing them on the blog for the world to see makes me accountable which will increase my chances of actually hitting my goals.
Let’s get started. With my big girl panties on, I sit here listening to “Retrograde” by James Blake on repeat, here we go.
My first and most important goal is to strengthen my relationship with God. I’m Christian and God is important to me. This year I’m making it a point to put God first in everything I do. The past few years I’ve been distracted and haven’t spent as much time with God like I should’ve. This has to change. This year, I’m following a daily devotional. Following a daily devotional plan is an easy way for me to connect with God on a daily basis. I use the Bible app on my iPad and I’ve committed to the “Bible In One Year 2017” plan. It takes about 20 minutes every morning to read through and then pray.
My second goal is to gain stronger focus and self-discipline. This one goal will help me achieve the many others that follow after it. I struggle with consistency and staying on track. Last year, I was most productive when I scheduled my week down to the hour (using my natural planning abilities). I even incorporated relaxation and flex time into the schedule. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t a rock star for those few weeks. Your girl had a to-do list and everything. But that was short lived because I became complacent. Looking back, I got more done in a day then than I do now in a week.
Increased focus and discipline will help me with the following:
- Successfully completing year 1 of medical school.
- Exercising 5 days a week which will help with stress, sleep, fitness.
- Resisting junk food! Lord knows I love to eat. It might be my favorite pass time. But, last year I let life get the best of me and ate any and everything. Plus, I wasn’t cooking and taking my lunch to school. Well, let me tell you. My fat jeans have informed me just how out of hand I’ve gotten.
So in an attempted to begin the snap back process, I went to hit the gym today. I was met with this sign.
What in the world is this? Now they know good and well, people are trying to get their life right in January and they go and close the gym.
It’s all good. I ended up doing a quick jog around the neighborhood. No excuses!
My third goal is to keep a regular sleep schedule. Believe it or not, first year medical students have time to sleep if we practice good time management. But many of us lollygag at night on social media when it’s time for bed. I wasted so much time making the rounds. First FB, then IG, and lastly snap chat (which I’m still learning, ahh the joys of being in your 30’s). Anyway, my goal is to be asleep by 12 a.m. and awake at 7 a.m..
My fourth goal is to deal with my stress and anxiety in a more constructive manner. This ties with my above discipline goal. Diet and exercise are key components; but it helps me if I “write” out the stress. When I was younger, I would journal. It was like therapy for me. I stopped when my ex-boyfriend found my journal and read it cover to cover. I guess you can figure out why he’s an ex. Right?
Either way, it helped me express my emotions so I didn’t keep them all bottled up. Imagine randomly crying because your professor asked you how your day was going. Yup, it happened. It just so happen, I was having a terrible week. But that particular morning, I woke up to no running water. That resulted in me being late and skipping breakfast and my morning coffee. Then I missed my bus to class and I had to walk to catch a cab. If that wasn’t bad enough it began pouring. Mind you, I’m living in the Caribbean so it’s one of those good heavy tropical down pours. But like the good sport I am, I sucked it up and reached for my umbrella only to remember I left it because I was running late. So yeah, that one question, “How is your day?” made me cry.
Luckliy, I always keep sunglasses on me. So I snatched those janks on and sprinted to the ladies room to check my emotions and fix my face.
My fourth goal is to make time for the things I love. Like, I have to schedule it in my weekly calendar. My classes this term will be in the afternoon, Monday – Friday from 1 – 5 p.m.. The best time for me to make personal time is Friday evenings after I’m brain dead from the week.
During this personal time I want to do the following:
- Beach more
- Grow the blog
- Start vlogging
- Make time for family and friends
This post will be the foundation to holding myself accountable for reaching my goals in 2017. Also, I realize that things won’t change overnight. I’m curious to know what other people are working on. Share some of your goals and what your plan is to accomplish them.
Striving to make practical changes for healthier lifestyle.