5 Ways I’m Bettering Myself in 2018
I conquered a lot in 2017, both emotionally and physically. There were countless instances where I could have done a lot better in certain instances, done less in others, done even more in some. I think it's so important to reflect on experiences to ensure you continue to grow and better yourself over time.
"Sometimes the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to, it's not for them."
That's definitely one of my favorite quotes because often times I hear people talk about how they want to improve because of their significant other, their family, their friends and so forth. When it comes down to it, your life journey is yours alone. Sure you affect other people and your actions have the power to make or break relationships, but when it comes to your goals and what you want to accomplish, don't let other people's thoughts keep you from pursuing those goals and dreams. For example, my dad is training with a coach to become an Ironman. At first, I thought that was pure insanity, but it's not for me to decide what should or shouldn't be part of someone's journey. If that's a priority for him, and he wants to improve his health and get into incredible shape, that is his journey.
I didn't want to be the cliche person who shows up to the gym on January 1st or 2nd for the first time in months. So I RE-joined mid December to get it kickstarted. After seeing some photos of me last summer, I had to get back into it as soon as possible so I could get back into shape. Those Orange Theory legs were no joke. My goal this year is to stay "in shape" and feeling good throughout the year. I don't want to go through phases like I did in 2017. Stay IN shape, and don't gain 20 pounds so you can lose it all again in September. Stay consistent and continue being health conscious. Exercise is one of the biggest elements in my life right now, and I want to keep it that way.
One of the traits the people I love noticed over the years is the fact that I am an exaggerator. One of my best friends Kelly, has the same problem as me. We like to make our stories sound funnier and just better, so we tend to exaggerate this, that and the other. It makes the story better, right? I just want to tell people the truth and stop pretending about my feelings. If you've upset me, you're going to know. Rather than me hiding behind that truth and telling you something random. If you've done something fantastic, I also want to give you credit. No reason to keep it to myself. Overall, I want to cut the bullshit and just be straight with everyone. This is why my first post of the year was cut and dry. It was honest. It was real and my perspective based on my experience.
Patience is definitely not a virtue I possess. I've said it a few years in a row, but it's genuinely true. When someone is acting a fool, or being ridiculously annoying, I will not tolerate it because what's the point? It's a waste of my time, and anyone else's time they decide to work with right?
This year, I just want to be more willing to help, and more patience overall. Everyone's got their reasoning for why they may be having a hard time, and it's really none of my business. I want to be more receptive to those scenarios and just kinder when it comes to it.
I am going to give myself more breaks throughout the year. Last year, I barely took a second to breathe and leave my laptop. This year, I want to visit new places and leave my laptop behind altogether. I just want my phone and camera with me to capture the moments, but honestly being glued to my laptop is so not fun!
In addition, 2017 included a lot of days where I woke up around 6 AM and didn't go to bed until 11 or midnight. I cannot do that anymore, especially now that working out is added to the mix. Doing physical activity definitely wears me out so I can't stay up until midnight on those days (typically). Also it's so important to take a breathe, sign off and just enjoy your significant other. I realized this during our trips to the east coast and Norway last year, because I just didn't have much service. Not being connected to the web helped me connect to Aaron, so it was a blessing in disguise, even though it was super annoying not having service when we tried to use Google Maps throughout the trip. Also, random side note, I had better service in Norway than I did in Maine. What the heck??
While I'm going to take a break and let myself relax more often, I am going to stop procrastinating in general when it comes to work. I have a tendency to wait until the last second to post, and I want to get away from that because it cause ensue panic to some degree.
The goal is to plan more, so it's less chaotic and I can genuinely feel less stressed. With the help of my team, it will be a lot easier to manage timelines and of course figure out the best way to approach each individual project.
I also want to respond to less of the ridiculous emails I get. "Can we pay you $10 for an Instagram photo?" Instead of giving them my two cents, just marking it as spam and moving on. That would be ideal.
Lastly, portraying myself overall as more professional (adding a manager should help), engaging in less Facebook group drama (deleting myself from those groups helps) and so forth. I want to be less involved with the catty side of things, and stop defending myself. Rather just ignore and not even pay attention.