New Year, New Goals (2015)

Tomorrow marks the official beginning of MY “new year”. I have been out of the country the last couple weeks and chose January 12th as the day I would start my second Whole30, but I want to use tomorrow as a start date for much more. I would assume most of us use the start of each new year as somewhat of a new beginning. We make resolutions, set goals, strive to better ourselves. There are so many possibilities, but how many times do we look back when we have reached the end of the year wondering where the year went, goals and resolutions being a distant memory? This year I want to hold myself accountable to all of them.
While I was on my trip to Spain, I had a lot of travel time on trains and planes to reflect and decided to write down my goals/resolutions for the new year. I won’t be sharing them all here, but I would like to share a few. I would love to hear from any of you about your goals in the comments section.

Physical Health / My first goal is to complete my 2nd Whole30. Check out the results of my first Whole30 here. This time I am bringing along a couple more family members, a few friends and some other people who have tagged along via social media. I will also be completing 3 or 4 total this year.

Where have I been since my first Whole30? For the most part I stuck to eating Paleo after my completion. My main goals were to stay away from gluten and dairy. As most people, I started integrating more and more things that wouldn’t be Whole30 approved back into my diet over time. I have to say, sugar has been my weakness and continues to be. I started creating paleo treats after my Whole30 completion. I have to say it is a lot of fun creating Paleo friendly meals and desserts! In the new year, I do want to reduce my sugar intake, but still treat myself when approved.
As I neared the holidays last year, I indulged quite a bit. Hey, the holidays only come around once a year and we all deserve a little indulgence. I also went to Spain for 2 weeks (just got back this past Friday). I obviously indulged there as well. I will be taking my before picture tomorrow morning and weighing in for this time around. I feel like I may have undone some or all of my physical progress since Whole30 1, but is that really what matters? I have learned so much about eating healthier over the past few months and I am excited to get back into my routine. I can’t wait to see the positive changes in my physical and mental health again!

What are my goals this time around? Make more interesting recipes. Drink less caffeine. Get my love for sugar more in line. Drink more water.

Fitness / Work out more consistently this year. I also want to change up the ways I work out, keep it interesting. Hiking, running, walking, kickboxing, and at home workouts. Stay open to whatever else comes my way.

Career / I can’t say that I am completely sure what I want my career path to be, but I do know that I want to continue to do things that impact and inspire people. I am most happy when putting outfits together for a day or night out, expressing my creativity, attending concerts, traveling, creating meals at home, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my loved ones. All of these things can come together through this blog, which is what I intend on concentrating on this year. Where this year will take me, who knows, but I am excited to take strides to make it the best and most successful year yet. I will also maintain my etsy shop and come up with new items to sell, while beginning to branch out into different selling locations.

Budget / I have always known the importance of keeping a budget. My parents instilled that in me since I was a young age. It has also always been something I struggle with. I know I need to start things from Day 1 in order to keep track, or I feel like I am not keeping track accurately. This is something I want to closely keep track of with my business, not necessarily every day, though that would’t hurt.

Confidence / I think this is something most of us, if not all of us struggle with. Those who appear most confident, may be the ones struggling the most. I know I am the only one holding myself back most of the time. I want to make an effort to stay positive and not be afraid to make mistakes, those mistakes are the ways we learn.

Travel / Whether it be a quick trip up the coast, or a longer trip to another country; I want to make a point to see unfamiliar places and also revisit places I’ve already been.

Mental Health / I will be giving up social media for at least the next 30 days, unless it is for the sake of my brand, promoting blog posts, products, etc. I will be completely logging out of my instagram, because that is the app I spend the most time on. I feel like I have become too attached to my phone and feeling the need to share everything. It is too easy to lose sight of the important things in life when we get so concentrated on documenting everything. Can you truly live in a moment when you have to pull your phone out to take a picture of that dish of food, beautiful sunset or other event? Why do we post selfies anyways? I think social media has made it too easy for us to seek acceptance and attention constantly and immediately. How unhealthy it becomes refresh your feed to see the likes coming in, or not coming in. Why does it even matter? And why are we posting at all? To show people how “perfect” our lives are? How often do we post about the not-so-perfect days? I have tried to share the good and the bad in the past. I know I enjoy posting because I enjoy inspiring people, but it’s easy to stray from that at times. On the other hand, even if I’m not posting; It is ridiculous the amount of time I waste scrolling, staring at my phone or computer through various apps. That is all time I could be using productively, whether it be working on a blog post, prepping meals, or working out. For the next 30 days I will be resetting myself mentally. Maybe it will turn into a longer stint. I could come back wanting to use social media more minimally, or may go back to the way I am now. We will see. So if you want to follow me along on this new journey, this is the place to do it. Subscribe if you’d like.

Seek Happiness Within / Too often, we seek others or things to make us happy. Don’t get me wrong, there are healthy things and people you can gain happiness from, but the root of it all should be from yourself. A lot of the things that can bring us happiness ARE temporary and when they aren’t present, you can get down. That is why it is so important to maintain a happy self. This is one of the most important goals for me. I’d say most of the time I AM happy within, but I think this is something that needs to be maintained daily. The other goals I have made can feed into this happiness.

How will I keep myself accountable? Make weekly, smaller goals. Checkin. Write down lists. Write down the highs and lows of my day or week. Not sure how often I can keep this up, but I see it keeping me focused and concentrating on each day.

Well that was long-winded. If you’re still reading, you’re awesome! Haha. I truly look forward to the next 30 days as a springboard for the rest of the year and many years to come. I hope this inspires some of you to create your own goals. It really is never too late or the wrong time to better ourselves and our lives.

Happy New Year,
Miss Fashionista Problems

San SebastianThis is one of my favorite photos from my Spain trip. The view from this arch was truly breathtaking. It was such an inspiring moment.

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