How on Earth is today July 1st? We are half way through 2013 and it seems like the last six months have flown buy. It seems yesterday I was writing my 12 Day of Christmas posts and determining my New Year’s Resolutions for this year. I have decided to take a look back and see how I have been doing. Here are my seven resolutions and updates in bullet form:
(1) Take Care of Me. Drink more water. Eat foods that are good for me. working ou Try not to judge myself so hard because while I am aware of every mistake. I know my inner doubts, my hidden motivations, and my failings but nobody else knows them. One of my goals this year is to be easier on myself – focus more on the good and less on the bad, just breathe, keep calm, and carry on.
- I have been drinking a tremendous amount of water so that has been a breeze. The eating healthy has been a bit more of a challenge but I am thinking about begining a clean eating regime after the 4th and making sure I have a healthy stacked snack drawer at all times. I am going to use Stephanie’s as inspiration, here.
(2) Say Thank You. Seems simple, right? My mother raised me right – pleases and thank yous since the time I could talk. Living in a city where a cold stare is more common than a kind word I feel like this is being squashed out of me. This year, I am going to say thank you more – it only takes a second to say those two words and as the motto of one of my favorite shoes says, pay it forward.
- This one I have really been doing really well on. Complimenting strangers and thanking people, especially in hospitality, makes others smile and me as well.
(3) Reconnect with Mentors. I manage to spend time on Facebook everyday and at least an hour in the blog world but I do not have five minutes to email or touch base with the people who have helped me get to where I am? Not okay. Something I am definitely going to work on. And you know what? Even if I have to set reminders in Outlook or write it in my planner that is okay – it still counts. I think taking advantage of these resources of wisdom in my life will help make 2013 the best year yet.
- As I do not count reaching out to former emplloyers and acedmics for work references I would say this one has been unsucessful. I want to refocus on this for the rest of the year – especially reaching out to high school teachers and old coaches why I have not spoken with in years.
(4) Have an Adventure. Just say yes, as many of my guy friends say, go big or go home. I am still young and still figuring out my place in the world and there is no excuse for me not to embrace opportunities for spontaneity. At some point this year I am going to take adventure of my very generous vacation package and take a trip.
- Nothing to report. Not successful. I have no ideas but hopefully something will come up soon – but that is the point, it is supposed to be spontaneous!
(5) Give back. There are so many people in and around my communitiy who need help in a variety of ways so this year I am going to donate both my time and money to those less fortunate. In middle and high school I used to frequently volunteer in soup kitchens and I miss it, I will definitely start that again this year!
- In terms of monetary contribution I have exceeded my goal for 2013 but I have not volunteered a significant amount of my time as I was hoping to do. This is something I really want to do and have already decided that I am going to volunteer at the New York City Wine and Food Festival in October benefiting hungry children in the city.
(6) Shop Smarter. I already have a full walk in closet. This year when I go shopping (a when, not an if) I will buy more investment pieces and less frivolous and inexpensive items. I have a style and this year I am going to work towards refining it.
- I have been doing extremely well at this. I managed to walk into the massive H + M sale and not buy a single thing. I am still sticking with the idea of investment pieces, especially as I no longer have a walk-in closet in my new apartment. I plan on continuing this for the rest of 2013 and beyond.
(7) Expand my workout routine. I feel like working out, health, or fitness is on almost everyone’s New Year’s resolutions but mine is a bit different I have recently joined one of the premiere gyms in New York City and this year and I want to try at least one of every single class, this may sound extreme but I think it will really bring a new dimension to my time at the gym and with classes in yoga, cardio, conditioning, martial arts, Pilates studio cycling, conscious movement, and water workouts I have a lot to look forward to!
- When I made this goal I had no idea that my gym offered 32 different classes! After consulting my Excel spreadsheet I was delighted to find out that I have been to more than half of them, and thus, I am on target to reach my goal. My favorites so far have been bootcamp, swim team, and Jukari. I was extremely disappointed to find out that Jukari Fit to Fly was being cancelled.
- Jukari is described as Cirque du Soleil training at its best. Imaginative cardio, strength, balance & core training on a unique FlySet strengthens & lengthens your body while creative choreography keeps you mentally challenged. Basically, Reebok + Cirque du Soleil = JUKARI Fit to Fly. I love this class and the instructor, Lynze Schiller, trying to explain it to people becomes very difficult. As the instructor and I have bonded over the last few months she was gracious enough to take a short video of me practicing my favorite part of the class, the jumps. Please excuse the Ssweatiness, this class is hard!