I know that I said in my post yesterday that I wasn’t doing a big huge resolution thing for New Year’s, but I do have some goals in mind for the year. I won’t beat myself up over it if I don’t succeed perfectly at each and every one of them, but I do hope to come as close as possible to accomplishing them.
For example, here are a few of the things that I’ll be working on this year:
- Declare my major. I’ve been putting this off, especially after a miserable meeting with the academic advisor at my university, but I need to do it. The sooner, the better, too – people who have declared their major get to register for classes sooner than those without a declared major. This is important as I am now officially a 4th year student and don’t want to miss out on a required class!
- Replenish my savings account. I’m not terrible with money, but we’ve had so many things hit us financially since I started university – leaving my job suddenly and not receiving living expenses with my student loans, the bus strike, Mark losing his job, and a few other situations – and these things have taken their toll on my savings. In theory, I should be able to add a bit to it here and there to make up for these losses, because I can’t stand to be without a “cushion” to fall back on in an awkward situation.
- Get in better shape. This is intentionally non-specific. I’ve been setting “lose X pounds” goals for the past ten years, and they’ve gotten me nowhere. Now that I’ve stopped thinking about it, I’ve been losing weight and feeling better about myself than I have for years. I would like to be in better shape, but I need to refocus my reasons for doing so, without judging myself or thinking harmful thoughts.
- Go to more of my classes. This might sound silly, but it really is a goal that I hope to accomplish. I tend to teach myself a lot of things when it comes to most of my classes, and I still do relatively well. But this past year, I’ve been in what I call “melt-down mode”, where I don’t want to get out of bed, let alone travel for ages on a bus to sit in a classroom surrounded by people I don’t really connect with. Now that I’m trying to work on my mental health more, I recognize that I need to just get up and do the things that my brain doesn’t want to do – they’re not that bad, and I’ll stress less in the long run.
- Read more. I don’t have much time for recreational reading during school semesters, but I forgot how relaxing it is to lie in bed with a tea and a good book and lose myself for a few hours. This is one of the things that I need to make time for – it’s more important than I remembered.
Now that I’ve shared a few of my goals for the year, I’ll be trying to hold myself accountable by posting about them as the year progresses. I might even add a few, or decide a few of them aren’t as necessary as I think they are right now, and that’s okay, too.
This is a year of moderation, and being happy. No more beating myself up over things I “should” be doing, but rather encouraging myself over things that I “could” be doing. This feels healthier to me.