1. I am not drinking alcohol for six weeks (!!). <— enter surprised face emoji. If you’ve know me for any amount of time, you know I love wine!
I know it’s totally cliché to be talking about this at the beginning of the year, but that’s okay. I’ll own it. 😉 It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but haven’t quite had the willpower for until I thought, ‘Oh, hey! New Year’s Goals!’
Who are we to judge when a person wants to set a goal?! And, shouldn’t we just be celebrating with all the people for making a commitment to better themselves, no matter how long they stay committed?
Mmmhmm, I’m glad you agree. We need more love and encouragement in this world! And those people who laugh at us or try to discourage us … well, just send them even more love! 😉
The Reasons Why I Made This Resolution:
note: resolution is defined as, “a firm decision to do or not to do something”
- I was drinking in excess.
- I’m not even joking. It’s not like I was unstoppable or uncontrollable and I didn’t start drinking at 9am every morning, but I was drinking too much, too often. I’d notice the time was 4pm and think, ‘It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!’ and pour my first glass of vino. And then I’d be cooking and have another glass. Any seasoned wine drinker knows there are only four glasses to a bottle … Well, after I had two and A had two, we’d open another bottle for that third glass that sounded so good and more times than not I’d have the fourth glass, too. That’s okay for me once in a blue moon, but certainly not as often as I was doing it. I need a chance to reset and discipline myself and learn how to enjoy it in moderation again.
- I love waking up in the morning (early-ish … after 6 and before 7), which is really hard to do if I’ve had too much to drink.
- I am absolutely entirely more productive when I wake up during that sweet-for-me hour! And I have to get out of bed, too. It still counts if I get out of bed to grab a cup of coffee and come back, but it’s essential that I leave before the clock strikes 7, otherwise I’m lame for most of the day. My fiancé doesn’t care much for me getting up so early, and it’s hard to find that balance, but I think after a couple years he’s finally accepted that I’m an early riser. 😉
- I wasn’t sleeping well.
- My belly was so full of all the sugar it was hard to get comfortable enough to get into a deep rest
- It will save some money. For reals. I don’t like cheap wine.
- I’m going on a yacht trip in the middle of February, and will basically be living in a bikini for 10 days. Enough said. Game face officially on. Except that pizza you saw me post on Instagram on New Year’s Day. Game face was totally off that day!
How I’m going to stick with it:
I announced to Anthony on Friday morning that I wasn’t drinking until our sailing trip. He looked up from his computer with surprise. I told him I needed his support and encouragement, as this was an important goal for me. He said, “okay, no problem.” I told him that included not offering me a drink when he makes himself one! He’s on board with this goal. When I don’t drink, he’ll drink less, too.
We went out for sushi with friends on Saturday night and while everybody was ordering large Kirin beers and hot sake, I ordered a green tea. Can you believe I’d never ordered green tea at a sushi restaurant before? It was lovely! And much cheaper than beer or sake. AND I got free refills. boom!
2. I am living in the present moment!
The Reasons Why I Set this Intention:
- I lived in the past for the last quarter of 2015 and it sucked ass. I don’t recommend it. There are a lot of variations of a popular saying, but the jist of it goes something like, “If you’re living in the past, you’re depressed. If you’re living in the future, you’re anxious.”
- It’s way more fun.
How I’m going to stick with it:
Of all my goals (not just the ones I posted about today) this will definitely be the hardest. I’m going to stick with it by rereading several of the books I bought when I was going through my yoga teacher training, starting with Practicing The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
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3. I have figured out what kind of work fulfills me.
The Reason Why I Set this Intention:
note: I actually have not figured it out yet, but it’s helpful to say things in the present tense so we can manifest them!
- 2015 left me feeling dull and underwhelmed in a career sense. I did have a rockin’ job at a fancy country club that paid well as far as fitness is concerned, but to be honest, I didn’t love getting up at 5am every morning to go to work. I did love my clients and students in class and miss them very much, but that job taught me that I don’t want a typical “punch in – punch out” gig.
- This year I turn 28. I know that’s still young. Very, very young! In fact, I still get carded 99% of the time. <insert praise hands emoji> BUT, I want more for myself at this point in my life. It’s not even necessarily about money (which absolutely does buy happiness to an extent), but more about my personal fulfillment. I want to be doing something that allows me to changes lives every single day. And I want to be busy! Like not actually, ‘Oh, no, sorry, I’m busy [on Facebook], I can’t come play right now’ kind of busy but rather I want to wake up in the morning and think, ‘I’m so excited for my day! Today I get to release this ______ that I’ve been working on for the last six months and I know it’s going to be amazing and people are going to love it and learn from it. Oh! And, I also have a meeting with two potential new partners and three private clients to train along with a group class to teach tonight, after which I’ll meet my babe at our favorite restaurant’ kind of busy. And yes, this blog is totally part of that desire!
How I’m going to stick with it:
I’m going to keep blogging. I’m so happy I have one blog rather than five blogs. On this blog, I can write about whatever I want! That will make writing in this space so much easier! I won’t feel obligated to write only about certain niches which will allow my creative juices to flow and for me to be my authentic self. The first step in reaching the above goal was to create a brand that rang true with me. [read: Jessica Paugh] Over the years I’ve had at least four different lifestyle/health/fitness blogs, and none of them stuck around because I didn’t always feel like blogging about health or fitness. I decided that I am my best brand. And I have a lot to offer! It’s okay that I don’t have just one niche, but it does mean that I might have to work a little harder.
I’m going to kick fear in the ass and follow through with an idea I’ve had for years, literally, that will combine two of my favorite things. This will require a bit of prep work and definitely some scouting, but it will be worth it! Stay tuned for more on that. I know at least a couple of you can probably guess what it is. 😉
I’m going to make some business cards! I finally got this ball a rollin’ yesterday when I changed my phone number from a Vegas area code to a South Orange County area code. Next step: have somebody design a logo for me.
I’m going to look for more places to teach. I’ll find opportunities to do workshops, too. I need to get out and mingle and network, and that makes me nervous. I’m actually kinda shy!
I’m going to stay optimistic. I’m going to reach my dreams and goals by staying present in the moment – working on what’s at hand, being grateful for all that already is, and allowing that to automatically work in my favor to manifest the rest.
What resolutions/goals/intentions did you set this year? Do you have a plan for success?