New Year’s Resolutions: Half Way There!

It’s over halfway through June now, meaning hopefully by now I am halfway done with my New Year’s Resolutions! In this post I am going to reflect on how I am doing goal-wise.

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David and I only planned on attending one parade in NOLA but managed to stumble upon three.

At the beginning of 2017, I promised myself that I’d:

Travel somewhere every month:

It’s June, and I have so far traveled to one place each month!

The rules were:

  • The location must be outside of the St. Louis County and City limits.
  • I am allowed to travel places I have already been.
  • It can be a day trip.

The places I have traveled so far:

  • January – Chicago, IL ✓✓✓
  • February – New Orleans, LA ✓✓✓
  • March – St. Genevieve, MO ✓✓✓
  • April – Chicago, IL ✓✓✓
  • May – Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos, NM ✓✓✓
  • June – Kansas City, MO ✓✓✓
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Taos at sunrise.

Travel to 3 new cities and 1 new country:

In addition to traveling somewhere each month, I had a goal of hitting at least 3 new cities and at least one new country. So far I am over half way there – but the trickiest will be Japan, which is still yet to come!

  • New Orleans, LA ✓✓✓
  • Taos, NM ✓✓✓
  • Tokyo, Japan

Save $15,000:

So far I have saved $8,000 of this amount, so I am over my half-way mark. However, with Japan approaching and then Christmas right after, I am still pretty nervous about hitting this goal. Wish me savvy spending!

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The ‘tit Rex Parade AKA the tiny float parade.

Get more fit:

While I still haven’t been equipped with abs of steel yet (too much beer) (and guacamole), I have upped the ante of my work out regime. Now rather than working out 2-3 times a week as I used to do last year, I challenge myself to work out once a day. I focus on alternating between weights and cardio, and take one day for active rest (walking, yoga, etc.).

My work outs of choice are kickboxing and then exercise videos with at-home weights. I go to a boxing gym two to three times a week, and on the alternate days I skim through choices on Beachbody, which I got through a deal with a friend.

Additionally to this, I have begun meal prepping which I have never done before. I used to pack myself a Clif bar, a banana, sometimes a stick of string cheese, and then a giant canister of coffee to get me through the day. Understandably I’d then come home from work ravenous and eat everything within my line of sight. Now I make myself 5 days worth of curry, stir fry, fajitas, etc. to take to work.

Increasing my physical activity and actually packing a healthy lunch has done wonders for my endurance. I feel more energetic, can lift heavier weights, and can accomplish much harder work outs than ever before. It has also subtly changed my appearance – my biceps are bigger and my stomach is a tiny bit leaner.

I have no real measure for this goal aside from how I feel. So, since I eat a lot of ice cream still, I am rating myself at 1/3 of the way there with hopes that July will be my kick-start to less frozen treats (lol, we’ll see).

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Vegan sushi bowl courtesy of Lulu’s Local Eatery.

Additional life bucket list goals I have accomplished: 

I actually have hit three “life bucket list” goals that weren’t originally a part of my New Year’s Resolutions, but I am listing them here anyway! So far this year, I have:

  • Gone to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. ✓✓✓
  • Had my photography featured in an art gallery. ✓✓✓
  • And I went bloooonde! Sort of – I tried out balayage. Which is certainly blonde enough for me! ✓✓✓

Resolutions I haven’t even come close to accomplishing yet:

  • Learn how to paint like Bob Ross.
  • Learn beginner Spanish.

Yes, there are still some goals I haven’t even started on yet. Apparently this blog and my three whole followers isn’t quite enough to motivate me.

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My Chef Boyardage’d Hair.

(That was a plug to get you to follow my blog -> The follow button is over there 😉 )

I have told David that I need to set aside a weekend night, grab a couple bottles of wine, flip on Netflix, and paint the night away – just me and Bob. David, AKA the most magnificent boyfriend ever, bought me a too-expensive set to begin painting with for Valentine’s Day. Just like writing though, I have to be in a certain mood to paint. And that mood is almost never when I actually have free time.

Oh, the life of an artist.

In conclusion:

I am happy to say that, for the most part, I am keeping to my goals and fall somewhere at or near half-way there. I use my blog to keep up with my goals list, which you can check out by clicking here! How are you doing with your own New Year’s Resolutions?

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

 



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