As we enter into December and prepare for the New Year, I decided I want to take inventory of all that I’ve accomplished this past year, and all that I’d like to accomplish as 2019 comes to a close. It’s been a great year full of ups and downs, and it’s not over yet. There’s still plenty of time to cross some things off my bucket list before we enter the new decade.
See the Christmas tree in NYC
I’ve always dreamed of taking a trip to New York City during the holidays, but have never found the time or money. This year, I’m determined to make it happen. I haven’t visited Times Square since I was a little girl, and there’s no better time of year to go. It’s my mission to see the city lights this year and to snap a picture in front of the tree. Stay tuned!
Solidify my workout routine
Ever since I graduated college and began working full time, I’ve found it hard to create a workout regime and stick to it. I’m lazy after work and hate how crowded the gym gets at 5pm. Working out is something I love to do, and lately it’s begun to feel like a chore. I want to create a routine that’ll make exercise exciting again, and even more importantly, find a time where I’m motivated to go. I’d love to use the winter to get myself healthy and in shape!
Eat healthier foods
Something else that I’ve struggled with lately is my diet, and the holiday’s definitely don’t help. This month, I want to limit my sugar intake and up my protein intake. Of course, I’ll allow myself to splurge on Christmas, but the rest of the month I want to stay focused on eating clean.
Have an alcohol free month
To go along with clean eating, I’d like to eliminate my alcohol intake for a whole month. This is going to be quite challenging, as I do enjoy going out on the weekends, and I’d like to take a New York trip this month, but I think detoxing my body from alcohol would be very beneficial for myself this month. Although, I might be doing some cheating on New Year’s Eve!
Book a vacation
I haven’t traveled in awhile, and I’d love to have some time away. I want to treat my mom to a vacation of her choice, and I’d love to have it booked by Christmas. I’m not sure where or when we’re going, but I’m determined to make it happen! I love traveling, and even more so I love traveling with my family.
Build my savings
Although it’ll be difficult to do this while also booking a vacation, I’d like to put more money into my savings account this month than usual. I did some heavy shopping on Black Friday and have mostly completed my Christmas shopping which took quite the toll on my bank account, so this month I’d like to get back on track to make sure my savings account is thriving.
Reconnect with old friends
Over the years, I’ve lost touch with many of my friends for all reasons you can think of. I’ve done a bit of moving around over the years, I’ve had some falling outs, and the most common reason, I’ve kinda just grown apart from old friends. As we get older, we gain more and more responsibility which can make it difficult to maintain friendships. My goal for this month is to reconnect with at least one friend I haven’t spoken to in awhile. Whether we catch up briefly over text, or make time to grab a quick coffee, I’d like to rebuild a lost friendship.
Redo my room
My bedroom has been a work in progress, and overall isn’t the aesthetic I’m looking for. I’d love to do some heavy cleaning and get rid of some old clothes and things I no longer need, and I’d like to do some reorganizing. I think moving my furniture around and maybe redecorating will provide some much needed change.
Have a DIY spa day
It’s been awhile since I pampered myself, and I think one weekend this month it’d be a good idea to spend some time enjoying some “me” time. Plus, the cold has made my skin quite dry and thirsty, so i think it’s important to spend time nourishing my body. Items on my to-do list include a warm bath, face and hair mask, and nail treatment!
Spend more time outdoors
I’m a bit of a hermit when it gets cold outside. I rarely go outside and don’t see much sunlight (hence the reasoning I tend to feel SAD). I’d like to spend more time outdoors this month – even if it’s just 30 minutes each day. Going for a walk, working outside, exercising outdoors, and going sight seeing are all ways I can incorporate more time outside into my daily life.
Volunteering was one of my favorite things to do in college, and I don’t find much time for it anymore. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved this time of year, and I’d love to spend a few hours this month volunteering. Along with volunteering, I’d like to donate some old clothes and toys to those who can use them. Every year, I begin by donating my Halloween costume. Here are some places you can donate yours.
Spend more time with family
Of course, the holiday’s are all about spending time with your loved ones. This month, and every month, I’d like to dedicate some time to spending much needed time with my family.
2019 has overall been a great year full of positivity and growth, and my number one goal above all is to end it off this way as well. I’m ready to continue through the holiday season with excitement and momentum. I hope you all enjoy the holidays and kick 2019’s butt!