2019 is finally here! It is always an opportunity to press PAUSE in our lives and KICK OFF A FRESH START!
It is time to bid good riddance to whatever weighed you down in 2018. I know it is easier said than done but in order to move forward, one must let go of the past and step into a new chapter. It is never too late to REINVENT yourself and seize the life you want with a new perspective.
Sometimes it is difficult to live up to the “resolutions” we set for ourselves. This year, I’m choosing to write down a few GOALS for me to achieve in 2019!
What are your goals this year?
MY 2019 WISHES
1) Spend more free time with my family especially swimming with my daughter and playing basketball with my nephew.
2) Do another Women’s Half Marathon with improved time from last year and try a new race this year.
3) Get MORE SLEEP! 4-5 hours of sleep is just not cutting it for me anymore as I get older.
4) Reduce the sugar in my diet. Even adding sugar in daily coffees/teas, eating ice cream can increase my sugar intake. Stress eating is also not healthy.
5) Improve my French. It is time to brush up on this language by learning to read and write. Rosetta Stone is calling my name!
6) Learn the TANGO and RUMBA and perform.
7) Become more involved in mentoring younger children and doing more charity work. Doing this in the past has brought me so much joy in my life. Giving to others is so satisfying.
8) Laugh a lot more, either at myself or at the daily stress that comes with being a working mom/female professional.
9) FIT IT IN! No matter how chaotic my schedule may get, I need to make more of an effort to fit in my workouts.
10) Take more chances and not hold back at trying new experiences. It is so easy to get comfortable in the daily routines and schedules. It’s time for me to take more chances and shake things up in my life like trying new exercise classes, venturing out to new places, and meeting new groups of people.
MY 2019 WISHES CONTINUED
11) Put more money away for a rainy day. Sometimes I don’t realize how much all those STARBUCKS decaf caramel lattes, shared car rides, dining out in NYC all adds up at the end of the month. It’s time to go back to packed lunches, use my kitchen more to cook and brew my morning coffee/tea in my Keurig!
12) Take a mini vacation of 3-4 days somewhere warm. It’s been several years since I’ve been able to get away by myself to rejuvenate. Work, school duties, other commitments always come up. It’s sometimes necessary to recharge on your own and just sit in silence, dip your toes in a beautiful body of water and read a good book. I definitely need to make this happen this year!
13) Read a non medical related book. I’m looking forward to reading Michelle Obama’s book “BECOMING” sometime soon.
14) Continue to tell the people in your life how I feel about them. I’m actually pretty good at this especially after going through a difficult time in my life. I treasure the people who are there for me and I feel it is so important to tell them how much they matter to me. I don’t ever want to forget doing this.
15) Be more vulnerable! After you go through a tough period in your life, like a divorce, it is so easy and natural to sometimes retreat, be more guarded and protect yourself and your heart. I want to feel myself opening up again.
16) Channel my creativity in doing more writing, resuming piano lessons, skating more or singing.
17) Let my past mistakes go. I have always put a lot of pressure on myself to make the right decisions in my life. Sometimes it has worked out and sometimes it hasn’t. My mistakes are a part of life and they are teaching moments for me to do better the next time. Like Elsa sings in FROZEN, “LET IT GO, LET IT GO”…
Don’t worry about it anymore!
18) No screen time when I’m spending time with my daughter, family and friends!
19) Go see Billy Joel, Backstreet Boys, Michael Buble in concert. I also need to see Hamilton again!
20) Continue finding the positive in every day!
I have always loved NIKE’s mantra of “JUST DO IT”! There is no time like the present.