Happy New Year! The start of this year hasn’t been a pleasant one for me with an unexpected family tragedy hitting us in the face and reminding us that whatever happens around us, life goes on and time stops for no one. As cliched as it is, I wanted to start my year of blogging sharing a few resolutions I have decided for myself, hoping it gives you some inspiration as well to include some healthy habits in your life in 2018. 2017, for me, was a year of getting back into fitness and introspection, but something tells me 2018 is going to be my year of learning & doing. So, here goes –
Read more : I tried to get back into reading so much in 2017, but it somehow always fell through the cracks. The few books I read were on a flight from one place to another, but not for enough time. I used to be an avid reader before and would love to lose myself in stories of other people’s lives, dreams and future. Now my attention is divided between snappy YouTube videos or Netflix and chill. This year I want to read voraciously like I used to and also get into audio books (which are self-improvement & motivation focused). It would be a much better utilization of time if I read instead of browsing the internet half an hour before I fall asleep or heard an audio book instead of music while cooking a meal. I’m setting a goal of 1 book a month, 12 books for 2018 for me – will keep you updated on my progress!
Listen more : Now this one’s a toughie. I’ve picked up this bad habit unconsciously for years so it’s going to be a difficult one to change. Have you ever noticed yourself trying to formulate a response to someone while they are still talking to you? If the answer is yes, you need to do this resolution with me. Most times we feel like we know what the other person is going to say or ask so we are busy trying to respond to them without really ‘listening‘ to them. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have noticed myself do that this past year, once my husband pointed it out to me, and while I am still not listening well enough, at least I am aware I have a problem. So this year, is going to be all about ‘active listening‘, followed by thinking before responding – seems simple enough but only I know what I’m in for 😉
Eat wholesome : I’m quite proud of myself on the fitness journey that I undertook in 2017 after a very unhealthy 2016. The move to Sydney did propel me to eat better overall and more importantly learn about food & nutrition. There’s so much we don’t know about the food / fuel we put in our bodies on a daily basis and how it affects our life in the short and long term. I want to continue to make this a focus for myself to eat wholesome, nutritious meals without compromising on taste and to continue to learn more about nutrition. I’m addicted to feeling lighter, healthier and stronger now and food is the most important aspect that affects that and continuing to eat wholesome good food in 2018 is a definite resolve of mine.
Stay Active : I have to say moving to Sydney made me realize just how unfit I was. Everyone around me was hiking or running or surfing over the weekends and all I wanted to do was ‘chill’ – I was too tired I would tell myself, my body needed rest. Sometime last year I asked myself, am I the only one who works hard, who does the odd house errands, who cooks – is that why I am the only who’s always tired? Or is that an escape mechanism for me to avoid any activity? Once I had been honest to myself, there was no looking back. I was hitting the gym, working out at home, walking to work or going for the odd run once in a while or even hiking over the weekends. I have not felt as good physically and mentally as I felt last year and this really is a resolution of a lifetime for me.
Cook often : Cooking is something I have only discovered in the last two years. My mother tried to teach me how to cook for almost 20 years before I left home for work, but it was only once we moved overseas that I felt the need for home-cooked food. Now, cooking is almost therapeutic for me. On one hand, it gives me the right idea of what I’m putting into my body and how it’s made, and on the other it gives me a distraction, an escape from the daily going ons. Having said that, ever so often, after an exhausting day at work or after a tiring gym session you just lose the motivation to cook and end up eating outside. Not saying that eating out is bad and should be avoided but it should be minimized and regulated and that can only happen with smart cooking and meal prepping!
Practice gratitude : This is an important one. I started journalling at the tail end of 2017 and I included the gratefulness exercise in it and you won’t believe it, I used to spend a good few minutes every morning figuring out ‘what am I grateful for today?‘ before I realized how being grateful doesn’t come easily to me in this negative world. When you wake up to the news of murder, terror or rape in the morning it can be difficult to have a positive outlook in life. But it’s such an important exercise for each one of us to reflect on which things are working for us, where we are fortunate and what we should be thankful for? One of my resolves this year is to practice gratitude every single day in 2018 in an effort to be a more positive, happy human.
Be mindful : Mindfulness is my biggest challenge this year and I am absolutely ready to take it on. I have tried meditation, mindful eating, mindful listening but let me tell you – I suck at it! Mindfulness, the act of being present, living in the moment, can be extremely difficult in this digital world, this age of instant gratification. It’s almost scary how we’ve forgotten to live in the moment, to eat without a screen in front of us, to check the happenings in the online world before sleeping and the first thing after waking up. So much so, that I forget what I did 2 minutes ago – whether I locked the door, switched off the lights on my way out. It’s a habit that won’t go away easily, but I have a plan of attack ready. Mindfulness, bring it on!
Write more : I want to get back into blogging – 2017 was a year of introspection, 2018 should be the year of action. I realized I was not fully convinced about what I was blogging about, which in turn meant I had zero motivation to come up with new blogs. I love writing about things close to my heart – and my interests have expanded beyond fashion, to travel, food and lifestyle and I am still figuring out how I want to go about incorporating these themes into my blog but surely, and slowly but steadily I want to bring writing and blogging back into the scheme of things and you all will see it when I do 😉
Travel : We have a lot planned for this year so taking time out to travel might be difficult, but nothing stirs my soul like traveling, nothing makes me happier than visiting a new place, seeing the sun rise and set in a new location, that I’m sure we’ll find the time. We still have a lot of Australia left to explore, but we also have Europe on the horizon which I am SO excited about! Hopefully lots more of my travel stories are coming on the blog soon!
Be social : More than a resolution, this is a challenge. I am an introvert by nature and I love spending my time doing things I love, happily alone most of the times. But every once in a while, I have realized the importance of stepping out with a group of people, having a stimulating conversation, being the first one to say hi and introduce myself and just be a tad bit more social. By this, I don’t mean that I want to turn my life around and be out all the time, but just to remind myself that every time the situation occurs, on the other end of a possible uncomfortable situation could be an exciting experience waiting to happen.
What are your resolves for 2018? Please share in the comments below! I would love to know 🙂