2018 is in full swing! This January, I wanted to establish a foundation of healthy habits for the entire year. My January bucket list contained items that I believed would set me up for success in the areas of health and the blog. Though I only completed 6.5 out of 7 items on my list, I believe that my attempts were successful!
Here are a few of my reflections about the month of January:
Committing to creating an editorial calendar a month in advance was the best thing I could have done for my blog organization. Previously, I would jot down some post ideas and it was up in the air about when they would get posted (based on my loose posting schedule). As soon as I decided the content for the month of February, I felt immediately more organized and prepared for the month ahead. It also allowed me to get a jump start at shooting content. This was such a logical step to take, and I’m glad I did. Life will still get in the way, and I plan to be flexible (in case I get inspired during the month), but continuing to implement and editorial calendar will help reduce some of my posting stress.
Though I was really excited about creating a vision board, I decided that it wasn’t quite my style. There was too much pressure to create one that would go with the feel and décor of my place. However, the prospect of making a vision board did encourage me to look long and hard at my goals for the year. They are more defined than ever and I look forward to tackling them. My goals for the year are a lot like my monthly bucket lists: a little bit of fun, a little bit of career, a splash of travel, and a sprinkle of health-related goals.
I was completely nervous about getting back into exercise. I had built up so much confidence in myself last year just to be sidelined for months. Most of my worry stemmed from not being able to keep up with the classes anymore. However, a friend and I went to a spin class when she was in town and it was the most exhilarating experience! Through all of the challenges that I have with my body, I love exercising because for a moment I feel strong and it is an escape from the demands of life. Exercising also helped improve my sleeping, which I was very thankful for. I haven’t gotten back into my full schedule of classes, but I am close!
I tried meditating and I didn’t hate it! I decided to try the free starter pack with Headspace and it made practicing meditation so easy. The sessions were only 3 minutes long, so it was not difficult to add it into my day. My best streak was 6 days in a row and I actually began to look forward to the sound of “Headspace Guy’s” voice everyday. I felt calmer and lighter after and I never could believe that it was over so quickly.
My biggest accomplishment and focus this month was to complete the Whole 30 and I did it!! I am honestly so proud of myself. I plan to do a full recap on my experiences and the outcomes of the Whole 30, but for now be sure to check out my posts about hitting the halfway mark and the 5 items that you NEED if you plan on trying the Whole 30 out yourself!
Though January marks the beginning of a new year, I believe that it’s never too late for a fresh start on healthy habits! Are you still working towards your 2018 goals? If not, don’t be bummed! I challenge you to identify one thing that will help you be a better version of yourself. If you need any suggestions, be sure to check out my February bucket list J