Be Proactive in 2016
Let’s face it, unless we are proactive about doing whatever it is you want to do, it will fall by the wayside. Don’t be hard on yourself, we tend to forget those resolutions once “life” takes back over in mid-January. Sure at the beginning of the month, we are full of good intentions, but those intentions tend to fall by the wayside. So how the heck are you supposed to actually accomplish anything?
One way to accomplish those things you want to do is by keeping them in the forefront of your mind. Whether you put notes on the fridge or on the mirror, it’s important to keep reminding ourselves why this is important. You can accomplish way more than you ever thought possible each day by shifting your priorities. Of course, it’s important to set reasonable, reachable goals. I like to make a list of things I’d like to accomplish or do or try during the year. I keep this list in my email drafts – it’s what works for me because I’m on the computer a lot. Each month I check the list, check off things, alter things. Maybe certain things I wanted to try aren’t so important anymore. So I shift my list to what is important. As always, there are things that don’t get touched all year-long, and that’s totally fine – after all, it’s not a resolution, but a list of things I’d like to do and try.
My Plan to be Proactive
I want to kick-start a healthier year for 2016. I actually did pretty good last year – lost weight, felt better, but this past holiday season did not help any! So we are back to doing what we know works. What has worked for me this past year is when I got my FitBit. I love it. I use it to set my step goals daily, to record my food intake, exercise and heart rate, and to challenge my family members. It has been great for us. A real impetus to change. The other thing that I loved this past year that was a healthy change was using DDP Yoga. It’s dynamic resistance yoga led by the wrestler Diamond Dallas Page. It’s just real people doing their best to reclaim health. They have some incredible inspirational stories on their website. Loved it! I’m definitely going to be doing that.
Another thing I’d like to try this year is to take more photos. I’m just learning, but it’s fun to see what you can accomplish and how you are progressing when you do something every day. I’d like to try to take a photograph a day – of anything that strikes my fancy. I’d also like to do challenges, like an ABC challenge where you take a photograph on day 1 of something beginning with the letter A and so on. I’d also like to remember to bring my camera — at least my phone camera with me on every walk and take photos.
I do have some bookish goals for 2016 as well. I read 45 books last year and I’d love to read at least 52 this year. It’s not a lot compared to other bibliophiles, but it works for me. My go-to genre has been historical fiction and classics although I would like to branch out from that. I’d also like to read a lot more of Elizabeth Gaskell’s works – she was an English novelist who lived in the mid 1800’s. Her most famous works are most likely Cranford and North and South, although she wrote 6 novels, many novellas, short stories and even some fiction. I think my problem with reading is that there is so much I’d like to read and simply not enough time in the day. I’d also like to be better at giving reviews of all the books I read.
And last, but not least on my list, is to try to cook new things. Experiment more. My husband sent me a news story about desserts of yesteryear that really should make a comeback. Now this doesn’t really pair well with my healthy resolution, but that’s totally fine, I think I’d like to work my way through that list this year and help those desserts make their comeback. I’m not in a hurry – just on a journey! And that last sentence there is the key. We are on a journey. How are you going to enjoy your journey this year?