I hope you all had a lovely New Year's! Mine was pretty chill: cozying up on the couch with a blanket and a good book (my definition of heaven), watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (while quietly giggling with Nat over my dad's unintentionally hilarious commentary on everything from the musical performances to the outfit choices), bellying up at the Pizza Hut buffet (we like to keep it classy), and seeing Les Miserables (a tad lengthy but nonetheless moving and incredible). A simple yet wonderful celebration.
Today, however, the gradual transition back to "real life" commenced with taking down the Christmas decorations. I've also been gearing up for the new year/semester by working on the rest of my 2013 resolutions. In my last post, I shared my primary goal in the health department: restoring my low bone mineral density and recovering from my knee and shoulder injuries through weight gain and rest. Luckily, my other resolutions are a lot more happy! Here are the biggies:
- Get more sleep. Although I usually got at least 6 1/2 hours per night last semester (which is more than most college students), I know from experience that I require at least 7 1/2 hours to feel good, manage stress, and be on top of my game. So I'm planning to aim for 7 1/2 - 8 hours per night this semester. Of course, there will inevitably be nights when I have to stay up late to finish homework or study for a test, but usually my lack of sleep is due more to procrastination/mindless Internet surfing than to actual work that needs to be done.
- Make the workouts I can do more fun--and functional. Since I'm basically limited to a few Pilates sessions and a little bit of aquajogging each week, it doesn't take much to get in an exercise rut. I want to find new Pilates exercises to add to my rotation and set mini-goals each week to keep my workouts fresh and purposeful. Cutting back on my workouts has also led to increased stiffness/tightness in areas such as my back, neck, and hamstrings, so I'd also like to incorporate more stretching (and maybe even some foam rolling?!) into my routine.
- Cut back on Internet time. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but the time I spend on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., has gotten a little out of control. I don't want to give these things up entirely, since I do enjoy them; however, at the end of the day, they simply take away from precious time I could be spending on more fulfilling activities (or even just sleeping). So once school starts, I'm going to try to limit myself to 30 minutes of Internet surfing (not related to school or TBA) each day during the week. I haven't decided what to do about weekends yet.
- Read more books. I've always loved to read, but ever since my academic workload really took off in high school, I've read very few books just for pleasure--and I really miss it! So I'm going to start small by simply reading for a few minutes each night before bed. Suggestions for good books would be greatly appreciated!
- Spend more time with friends. In trying to juggle last semester's difficult classes with my leadership role in Timmy Global Health and the newfound responsibilities that come with apartment living, I missed out on a lot of fun with my friends. But even if I'm just as busy this semester, I'm going to make getting together with friends a much greater priority. So to my IU friends reading this: Look out! You'll be seeing more of me this semester. :)
- Build the blog. I've had a semester to figure out some of the basics of blogging, and now I want to take things a step further. My first goal is to start posting (at least) once per week, starting with the second week of classes (I'm going to try to post the first week, but I have to be realistic--it might not happen.) My next goal is to improve my photography skills (or, at this point, lack thereof) and include more pictures in my posts. I would also eventually like to expand TBA's presence on social media, starting with a TBA Facebook page.
- Further reduce waste. I hope to move at least one Super Shift from the "In Progress" to "Successful Shifts" category per month. In January, I want to focus on becoming a more savvy recycler (look for a post on recycling coming to a blog near you!) and cutting back further on my paper towel usage.
Do you make New Year's Resolutions? If so, what are they this year? If not, why?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!