My New Year’s resolutions…and how I plan on keeping them

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2016 was a pretty monumental year for me, but on the eve of 2017 I thought it would be pretty appropriate to share what my resolutions are for my 30th year and more importantly, how I planning on keeping them.
1. Learn to cook. Sure I can cook a few dishes and I’m a microwave queen, but when it comes to crafting healthy meals on the reg I get stuck. So this year, I’m committing to completing my first Whole 30. By taking on this challenge, I will force myself to get out of my comfort zone and start cooking!

It’s time to learn!

2. Up-level my yoga practice. I’ve been teaching yoga for a year and a half, but I’m still (and will always be) a student. This year I want to focus on advancing my practice, specifically inversions and arm balances!

Yoga handstand
Handstand practice…still a long way to go!

3. Grow my business. In late 2016, I took the risk of quitting my corporate job to create my own digital marketing consulting business. While I’m pleased with the results so far, I’m excited about putting growth and client development first this year!

So, with my goals out there, what’s my game plan? Here are my tips on staying true to your resolutions.

1. Say it out loud. Declare what you want to create for the year, and make sure others hear you! The first step doing is committing to what it is you want to create.

2. Write it down, or better yet, publish it. Journal or blog about what you want to accomplish. For me, putting this blog out there is a big deal. I want to be held accountable and the only way I can do that is by letting the world know!

Meraki Printing
My new Meraki Printing “Make IT Happen Planner” alongside my blog…a match made in heaven.

3. Buddy up. I’ve learned this from my athletic endeavors. It’s always so much easier to complete something if you aren’t alone. I am thrilled to be included in several Facebook groups for the Whole 30. In addition to keeping you accountable, your buddies are also your support system when things get tough.

Running buddies
Buddies are the best! So lucky to have this one.

4. Set benchmarks. To use the cliche, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and neither are your resolutions. Set check points throughout the year to check in on your progress. When I have running goals, I create workouts or sign up for races that will test my performance.

5. Don’t waste money. If financial incentives motivate you, then signing up for a fitness class or membership might be a great incentive! I’m always motivated by signing up for races. I plan to use this tactic with cooking by going to the store and using all the ingredients!

6. Don’t quit. If you want it, keep going. There will be tough days, but keep looking at the final result and what that will do for you. The goal with a new year’s resolution is to create new habit that will improve your life, not something that will be punishment!

How do you stay on track with your New Years resolutions? Comment below!

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