2018 so far.

We are 4 months into the year and I thought I would take a look at how my goals are going so far. You can find my full post hereBut I’ll summarize a bit and go over it.

So some resolutions include:

  1. get into hiking
  2. re-starting a yoga practice
  3. meditating daily
  4. journaling daily
  5. listen to my motivational podcast 3x/week

So hiking hasn’t happened yet, Canada + winter = not desirable. And apparently even though it’s April, the weather is still pretending it’s January so that’s cool too. I actually have been doing a ton of yoga! Not daily but pretty damn close. I do as little as a quick stretch/flow for 5 minutes or bang out a class for 60 minutes. It seriously zens me and I love it. It can be challenging, but I feel like that’s the point – pushing new limits while staying composed. Meditating hasn’t been daily, but definitely at least 3x a week. I am trying to remember to do it more often, it always makes me feel better and like I can accomplish anything. I’m also really getting into learning about manifestation and some ways to go about that. Journaling has just been a no-go. I don’t find it as therapeutic as some, and I feel silly doing it – so I pretty much don’t. Lastly, I am obsessed with podcasts! My top favourites include: Oprah’s Soul Sunday, Lavendaire, Self-helpless, and the Health Code. I 100% recommend all of them.

As for specific goals, I feel like I am crushing it quite honestly. I am down 12 pounds and counting, I have lost just over 2 inches on my hips, and 3 inches on my waist. I’m feeling a lot better, and I’m up to drinking 3L of water a day which is about 101 oz. I am almost done my second last semester and that’s my last semester of classes, my final semester is all in the field, so I’m on track to graduate + get my nursing license.

Trust me, it is not all rainbows though. But it is nice to remind myself that I am in fact working hard and achieving things. I’ve had a bad couple of days emotionally and am just trying to push through this last week of school. I have 1 exam next Tuesday, and 3 on Wednesday. I just gotta keep going.

If you are struggling with anything, look at what you have already done, or on track to do. Keep pushing. You got this.

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Goodbye 2017, Where are you 2018?

In less than 2 weeks we will be in the new year. I can’t believe that, I felt like going into 2017 I only saw huge mountains to climb and now it’s already 2018 – what happened?

I am an avid YouTube watcher (it’s addicting) but one of my favourite motivational/organizational channels is Lavendaire. I also listen to her podcasts which are really soothing in the morning – seriously her voice is so calming. But she talks about a year in review a lot, she even sells a package that has you break down the year and build goals to the new one. I didn’t buy it, but I looked into my own ideas for my “year in review”. I found a simple guide online – here – and it asks four simple questions. But do not think that the fact that they are simple, that they are easy.

It was such an experience to do this. It took me about 20-30 minutes, but I feel so good and so motivated. So basically it is:

  1. what have you overcome/accomplished this past year?
  2. what have you learned?
  3. how do you feel about the past year?
  4. what’s next?

It does give you more details on how and what to focus on. But very easy overview.

It made me realize how much I’ve accomplished this year. With the mental health struggles sometimes, it is so easy to forget or overlook your accomplishments but this was that voice “no – look at all you have done, be proud” – and honestly? I am proud of myself.

What it also did was enable me to fine tune my 2018 goals. I’ve come away more from resolutions and make more goals to focus my energy on. I feel like resolutions are a maybe. I could or could not accomplish them and that’s whatever. But if I set goals, it’s something I can continuously work towards. I do however have some easy resolutions that are fun and non-demanding but would do me well in the long run.

So here are some resolutions:

  1. get into hiking
  2. re-start my yoga practice
  3. meditate daily
  4. journal daily
  5. listen to my motivational podcast 3x/week
  6. grow my faith

* They are helpful and important but I’m fairly satisfied with doing them occasionally (is that bad?)

So here are some of my goals for 2018:

  1. I am going to get healthy for myself
  2. I am going to lose 100 pounds
  3. I am going to graduate and get my nursing license
  4. I am going to grow my self-love and compassion
  5. I am going to start my positive habits again (ex. meditation/yoga)

These are things that are really important to me and that I will always have to work at but things that will greatly improve my life, my attitude and my health.