The First Page of A New Year

A Blank Page on A New Year | The Tao of Me
A Blank Page on A New Year | The Tao of Me

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About this time last year I read this tweet that someone posted:

“Fill your heart with hope and believe in yourself.”

I loved it so much that I adopted it as my personal “theme” for the year. It helped me to make 2013 the first year that I stayed mindful of my goals for the entire year.

And while I did set a handful of goals to complete over the course of the year, I think the key to last year’s success was that I also set short-term goals each month that were achievable within those 30-days. Doing so helped me to convert some of those goals into daily habits.

For this year, I’ve chosen my personal theme to be:

"Finding happiness and balance through good health."

It’s modified from a quote I read in People magazine (proof that inspiration can come from anywhere!).

This year my goals are:

Personal Growth Start a garden Take a photography class Take a sewing class (carryover from last year) Adopt a dog

Health Complete the Whole 30 program Recover from Adrenal Fatigue and restore my digestive system

Fitness Try to do TRX Burpees Learn to ride my road bike (carryover from last year)

Running PR a distance Be well enough to train for and complete a marathon

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My 30-day goals for January are:

Build Core Strength

I really need to get back into the habit of core work, especially with me taking a break from long distance running right now, and my trainer on vacation.

So my plan for achieving this goal is to complete a 30-day Plank challenge (found on Instagram), and take some barre classes (thanks for the suggestion, Jo!). I’ve already signed up for a 30-day introductory special at The Bar Method and have my first class tomorrow! It’s the first time in ten years that I’ll be a “January Joiner” somewhere :)

Complete the Whole 30 Program

I’ll elaborate more on the Whole 30 Program in a post of its own, but I’m starting it today with the full endorsement from my doctor. I’ve read some incredible stories of healing from people who have completed it, and I’ve already enlisted a few family members to join me. Given that I’ve been grain-free since the end of November, I don’t anticipate this being too much of a change — just a few new modifications.

Grow My Gratitude Practice

The Grace and Gratitude workshop I participated in last month was an incredibly positive experience in personal growth. It’s begun to change my thinking and reframe the way I look at things. And while the workshop ended last month, I still want to continue to grow my gratitude practice. At the end of every day I sit down and recap my day in my Moleskin journal. I’ve begun to add a few lines noting what I was grateful for that day.

500 Words A Day

Last month I started to try writing 1000 words a day. I even downloaded an app that counts the number of words as you type. And you know what I found? That writing that many words is really hard thing to do. It's even more daunting when you try to do it every single day. But those few days that I did write felt more complete. So naturally, I want to do it more often.

But 1000 words is a reach for me so I scaled back and managed my self-expectations. Instead of 1000 words, I am going to attempt to write 500 words every day this month.

This is the one goal that I am most nervous about actually being able to achieve so I was delighted to read that one of my favorite writers, Jeff Goins issued a 500 Word a Day challenge. And he’s even going to provide daily prompts!

I’m also hopeful that this practice will lead to more blogging because I know I’ve been slacking here.

Read A Book

If you only knew how many unread books I have on my Kindle just waiting to be read...

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I’ve given each of these goals a lot of thought over the course of the past six weeks. They weren’t randomly selected. They were chosen because they are things that I genuinely want to experience for my own personal growth and satisfaction.

Throughout the year I’ll blog honestly about how I’m doing with each of these goals.

Have you set any goals for yourself for this New Year? If so, please share – I’d love to read about them!