No Resolution Zone
This is the first year I’ve decided not to make resolutions. In the effort to be present, not perfect, I’m making an effort to make changes based on what I need over time, not based on what I THINK I’ll want. I want to make sure that I am creating changes in my life based on me and my families needs and wants, less on what society is telling me (i.e., all those damn articles about keeping weight loss/exercise/eating right ads). Besides societal pressure I have a tendency to feel that resolutions have an expiration date. There are some changes that I would like to make long-term!
Part of The Happy Project is wanting to make sure that I’m living my best life possible - for my anchors (click to read about my anchors in life). Here are some things that are going on in my life this year…
Going back to school for my post baccalaureate BS degree in Business Administration. I’m now attending Oregon State University! (Go Beavs!) They have one of the top online degree programs in the country PLUS a BS in Digital Marketing, which is what I’ve ended up doing anyway! I’ve accepted that it’s going to be tough, but I’ve done it before and I’m going to make it happen again. I have also acknowledged that this is not just a journey for me but a journey for our family.
Enroll Ender in some sort of group program. He thrives in doing things with his hands, taking things apart and putting them back together. He also loves to run around, so that will be another option for activity for him.
Increase my fitness. I’ve received my cholesterol test results and my good cholesterol - HDL levels - are just too low. I had a physical in October 2018 and everything came back ok, except for my HDL levels. This is giving me the push I need to start, but I also have a goal of lifting a large pan with one hand, putting food in a large baking dish, without feeling like I’m going to drop it all over the place.
Manage my Hashimoto’s. I’ve recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. Basically, my body thinks my thyroid is acting up so it’s heightened awareness to try and “fix” it. Something that I’m trying to manage is the bloating and inflammation that comes with the disease. I’m discovering things that help me feel “normal” vs foods that make me feel sick. I want to do a blog post about it - along with how I am finding my way through it.
Take things I know fast, and take things that are new slow - I talked a little bit about this on Instagram stories when I was blogging one day. This came from my desire to take faster showers. It now has spiraled into all areas of my life. If I do things that I know faster, I’ll be able to make more time to do things that I am unsure about.
That’s it! A couple of things that are happening in my life, but aren’t resolutions. These are situations that are either forcing me to change or are changes that I have wanted to implement for a long time.
Did you make any resolutions this year?