Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 Resolutions: 1 Month Check-in

Back at the beginning of January, I made a list of my 2016 Resolutions. I can honestly say I've done a pretty kick-ass job of sticking to everything I wanted to do ... and there's still 11 months left in this year!

For my one month check-in;

learn something new | I'm still working on this one, stay tuned. 

read more | I've already finished one book - The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho - and I'm working on my second - A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey. Next up? Mindy Kaling's book, Why Not Me?

adventure | only a month in and I've already been out of the Queen City twice! Air high five! Earlier in January I took a spontaneous day trip with the pup to Stone Mountain State Park which is just about 2 hours outside of Charlotte. We hiked a mountain in 12 degree weather, froze our butts off and saw some amazing views. Although I'm not entirely sure he knows what he was looking at. Can this roll into the "don't forget about me" category?  Then, just last week I took a trip to Charlottesville, VA (read my blog post here!)

keep in touch | I hand-wrote all my Christmas thank you cards & even included a picture of Boone (my 115lb fur child) and I from one of our adventures. I started mailing birthday cards and little gifts, too!

be present | this one is tough, but I'm working on it. I always feel like something really important happens when I'm not checking my phone (ie: My friend Sam's Dad being admitted into the hospital), but I also learned that friends are understanding when you're out to dinner and don't want to be texting. I've also stopped posting so much on social media; Facebook check-ins, pictures of every little thing I do and am instead enjoying being in the moment. 

take risks | nope, still a planner and still not taking risks. Maybe we'll save this one for February :)

purge | I can honestly say I've done some purging - some 'getting rid of all the shit in your life' ... I've ended communications with an old, unhealthy, relationship, I'm starting a project where you turn all of your hangers the opposite way and turn them back the right way after you wear them so you know which clothes you don't wear anymore AND I've simply de-cluttered the house. Old receipts, old bills, byeeeee. 

give back | I started donating (not a lot, but a little) to St. Jude Children's Hospital each month. I expected nothing in return but turns out they send these super cute return address labels back. Who knew!

save | I stopped spending money on the stupid stuff ($100 at Target on LITERALLY NOTHING) and have instead starting taking out $100 in cash each month and putting it somewhere safe to use later on.  

don't forget about me | so get this; I bought epsom salt bubble bath, lit candles, made some hot tea, played relaxing music and sat in the bathtub until I looked like a raisin. I've lived in my house for 2 years and this is the first time I've taken a bath. Chalking this one up as a win!

ask for help | when I went to Charlottesville, I asked Sam & Leslie to help watch Boone while I was out of town. Both girls were so willing to help (and saved my life when there was the snow storm). Can't thank them enough! 

How are you doing with sticking to your 2016 Resolutions?