A new year, a new me, blah, blah, blah. We hear that a lot, right? I’m even guilty of saying it in the past. I don’t want a new me. I’m a pretty good me, but…I want a better me. So, I’ve got goals, yo.
I’ve got some pretty big business-related goals with Pure Romance, ones I’m already scaring myself with. A trip to either Paris or Jamaica? A cruise with the Future Leaders program? Senior Director? Board of Directors? Yeah, I’m already feeling the anxiety kick in, but that brings me to some other goals.
I don’t deal well with anxiety and depression. I’m on a medication that my doctor billed as a “mood stabilizer,” but upon more investigating, it’s really not, and I suspect that she’s using me and perhaps others as guinea pigs, but I digress. The anxiety and depression give way to side effects of unhealthy habits, so my goal is to work on some healthier habits in hopes that they’ll not only counteract the unhealthy ones, but also give me good outlets for the depression and anxiety. I’ll break them down a bit:
- Writing – I don’t write as much as I used to. I miss it. It’s always been a great cathartic outlet, especially the more creative side and not just narrative writing. That’s where this blog comes in. One of my goals will be to sit down and write. If I’m able, it’ll be once a day, but at the very least, it’ll be once a week. Sometimes it might just be a random blog post. Sometimes I might tell a story, sometimes I might rant about whatever is driving me bonkers. With that, I issue a cautionary warning if you choose to follow me here. I won’t post every blog update to Facebook or Twitter.
- Reading – Two kinds. I read for relaxation, but my business also means that reading is done for learning and self-betterment. Dividing my time appropriately between the two will be a bit trying, but I’ll manage.
- Activity – This is not just for me, but for my family as a whole. My son is very active, despite being a great video game addict, but the rest of us could all stand to be more active. I was gifted a Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas, and I’m already addicted to its functionality. Walking and just getting in the steps is great, but I’m going to make a solid effort to force my entire family outdoors whenever the weather and opportunity presents itself.
- Time-management – Oh, this one is tricky. I’m a procrastinator at heart and I love putting off deadlines until the last minute, but I really have to stop doing that to myself because it just adds to the anxiety. It also leaves me feeling like I get nothing done some days. I’ve purchased a Passion Planner for the first time this year, so we’ll see how that helps and see how I like it and all that jazz.
None of that may seem all that huge, but to me, these a big steps (10,000 a day!) towards a better me. And I think I’m already off to a great start. This has been the first January 1st in a long time where I actually got something done and didn’t sit around all day doing nothing. Time will tell if I can keep this up. Wish me luck!