I once wrote a short fiction story for school where we lived in a super modern society, drove cars through the air like the Jetsons, and travelled to outer space with the same casual ease with which we now travel to a nearby city. I wrote that this all took place in the year 2012. We didn’t exactly meet my childhood expectations for the future but that doesn’t mean we can’t set out to meet our own expectations for the future.
I know New Year’s Resolutions get a bad rap. It’s because people write a list of things they want for the year with no plan or serious steps involved in getting those things. For the past two years I’ve followed Leo Babauta’s (of the immensely successful Zen Habits) 6 Changes Method. It’s simple really, you just spend two consecutive months focusing on one habit you want to make, one change you want to implement, and by the end of the year you’ve made your way through 6 changes.
Ana is going to do this with me this year. Here are our goals:
Ana’s New Year’s Resolutions
January/February Stretch everyday
I used to be on a dance team up until my junior year of high school. It wasn’t until about a year after that I realized how much of an impact regular stretching had on the way I felt everyday. I definitely took my flexibility for granted and now I have to start nearly from scratch to get back to where I used to be. My goal is to reach that point again and then to exceed it. To do this, I’m going to start stretching everyday, just a little at a time because my muscles are so tight right now that it hurts!
March/April Check glucose levels more often
My blood sugar levels have been all over the place for a while now, so one thing I’m determined to do is start checking more often so I’m not in the dark and caught off guard as much. I often get caught in the bad habit of being lazy about checking and assuming I know roughly what my blood sugar level is, so my goal is to resist the urge to do that. I might have to start off using alarms…
May/June Eat less processed food
One of my biggest struggles while I’m away at school is eating well. I’ve mentioned before that it’s difficult to keep fresh food fresh in my dorm and it’s also hard to maintain a regular meal schedule where I can eat real food and not just snacks from vending machines. I’m going to start by not keeping a bunch of processed food in my room where I’ll be easily tempted (aside from a few emergency snacks for lows). I’ll buy more raw fruits and vegetables (in the smallest amounts possible so they don’t go bad before I can finish them) and I’ll do some research on other healthy snacks and meals that I can find within campus dining.
July/August Research graduate schools/programs
I’m planning on going to graduate school to get my masters degree in fine arts, and application deadlines will loom over me in less than a year. As much as the thought of graduate school freaks me out, I have to admit I’m also very excited about it. Two years to focus just on my artwork surrounded by other talented artists? Yes, please. Anyway, I have to start seriously researching different programs and gathering all necessary materials to start applying! I’m going to make sure to set aside a few hours a week to do this.
September/October Educate myself on presidential candidates and vote!
I have to say that politics have hardly ever interested me. I usually start zoning out when people talk about it and because of that, I don’t know much on the subject. With the next presidential election coming up, my goal is to learn about the candidates so I can make an educated vote as opposed to a blind vote or no vote at all.
November/December Post on my art website regularly
I’ve been struggling to maintain my art website since I started it, so my goal for the last two months of 2012 is to regularly update it with photos of my work and posts about things I’ve learned, what I’m doing, my plans, etc. I have lots of things to post, it’s just the discipline to set aside time for it that I lack. Hopefully, the consistent new content will help attract more viewers and make it easier for me to keep posting regularly.
Sysy’s New Year’s Resolutions
January/February Finish Diabetes Blog Series
Exactly a year ago I unveiled an idea I had to write up a general guide about how to start one’s own diabetes blog. Then I panicked and didn’t do it. I started up again the other day and realized that even though I’m not an expert, I can at least share the little I know in hopes that someone out there who is itching to start their own diabetes blog will feel comfortable enough to go ahead and do it. I wouldn’t mind if you remind me I’m supposed to do this.
March/April Focus on healthy eating habits
I may have to do this every year but it’s because eating is a complicated issue for me (you can probably relate) and I find that I have to always put a lot of effort into sticking with my goals of healthy eating. Sometimes it’s difficult because there isn’t a lot of money for healthy food and sometimes anxiety/depression is rearing it’s ugly head. Either way, it pays for me to spend some time every year focusing on what I really want to eat. Plus, it’s a good time to learn new recipes!
May/June Focus on health coaching business
I can technically start seeing clients at the very end of this month but the other day while talking with my health coach, I realized all the different tasks I’ve been up to lately. And I realized that if I’m not careful I will end up sorely neglecting the things most important to me like my health, my kids, and my husband. So, I am going to take it slow and focus on balance. I feel my best during late Spring and Summer months so that is when I’ll tackle this with more energy.
July/August Write up and send book proposals.
Ok, I’ve put this off long enough. I was reminded of this quote the other day:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?”
And it struck me…that this is our deepest fear. I’m literally more afraid of writing a blog post that people enjoy more than I’m afraid of writing a blog post that no one reads. And I do ask myself, “Who am I to write a book?” It’s time to meet that fear head on.
September/October Focus on diabetes advocacy
This is so near and dear to me and I’d like to put some extra focus on it. I know it seems I already eat, breathe, and live diabetes because of this blog but, due to the nature of diabetes, don’t we all? I think it will be fun and meaningful to dig deeper into diabetes advocacy issues.
I don’t know, yet. I guess I can’t see that far ahead this time. I’m sure something will pop up and need my attention by then :)
Wish us luck! We wish you luck with yours.