Yesterday I crossed off my first goal on my 101 in 1001 list: I cut off eight inches of my hair for Children with Hair Loss at my school's annual assembly (pictures and more on that to come!). Not only was it an amazing feeling to do something good for someone else, but the change I felt was a wonderful way to kick off the month.
I set New Years Resolutions this year not really sure what to expect in terms of the outcome. A part of me felt like I was getting a little too excited by setting resolutions and beginning a 101 goals in 1001 day list, but another part of me felt, and still feels, up to the challenges, excited about them, and inspired to make the most of this year, each month, and every day. So, in spite of that, I've decided to get in the habit of holding myself accountable for my New Years resolutions by committing to recapping, or updating, my progress on them here at the beginning of each month! I also realized that 1001 days is a lot of days, so I am going to try to pick one or two of my 101 (well, I haven't actually come up with 101 yet...) things to do each month, too.
Focus More // I have to admit that ironically, at the beginning of January, I was not focused on focusing more at all. The whole concept seemed like something that I said I would do but didn't really care if I did it or not. However, towards the end of the month, I turned off my data on my phone because I went over (#guilty) and that really reminded me about this goal to focus more and be present. I have to say, the difference it made have really benefitted me. It's unfortunate how technology is at our fingertips and there are so many advantages to that, yet it becomes incredibly easy just to take advantage of apps, pictures, messages, and more that quickly can consume our lives. I noticed when I had my main distraction, my phone, involved in less of my daily actions, my minder felt clearer and more focused on my other goals, and whatever else I was doing.
Being Healthier // I touched on this a little bit earlier in the week when I shared some of my fitness confessions from the month, but overall I am pretty proud of what I accomplished in terms of my health and fitness last month. I aimed to snack less, control portion sizes, exercise more, and make healthier choices in general. I did this mostly in bursts throughout the first half of the month where I would find myself being super healthy for a few days, and then unhealthy for a few days, and repeating that cycle. By the end of the month I think I really discovered a good fitness regimen that I actually enjoy, and a healthy eating plan that leaves me feeling satisfied, even without a whole pint of ice cream after dinner ;)
In February, my goals are to hit my Fitbit steps everyday, whether that means getting in at least a short workout every single day, or spending a little more time with my dog and taking him for longer walks. I also want to continue to make healthier choices and feel proud of myself at the end of the day knowing I consumed healthy foods, and a good amount of them!
As for focusing, I've been pretty good lately about aiming for eight hours of sleep per night, and I think if I keep up my focus, then accomplishing everything in the most efficient amount of time will help me to get in bed by 10/10:30 for a solid eight hours of beauty sleep.
This month, as a part of my 101 in 1001 goal, I am going to try to post every single day on the blog... Wish me luck!
What were your New Years resolutions, and how are you sticking to them? Do you have any tips? If you've given up or completely left your resolutions behind, a new month is the perfect time to start! You don't need a new year or a new month or week to kick off a challenge for yourself, but the beginning of this month wouldn't be a bad place to start!