As I look around, I am happy to see people accepting new challenges, setting new goals, destroying limitations and embracing positivity. This is a great time of year for general reflection. I like to take the time to survey my life to get a sense of where I am in my personal goals. I keep my most sacred goals to myself, not because I am afraid of failure but because there are just some things I like to cherish and celebrate within. Of course everybody enjoys a little praise from the masses, but self satisfaction is still a concept that I relish.
On the flip side, there is some benefit to proclaiming other goals. It provides a sense of accountability. However, sensibility must also be employed. Come on people, t’s not east to read a book a week if you are a graduate student with a full time job, 4 children, husband and a non-profit you are getting off the ground (not impossible, just not super practical). And a true (honest!) self-assessment must be completed. For this year, I just want to continue on the path I have created for myself.
I had the pleasure of getting a DevaCut by the lovely Stacey at Curltopia in Smyrna, GA in November. It was a great cut, and my hair now has a shape, but I miss my length. Which begs the question of why I went for length to begin with…I never wore it out before. But now, since I at least have a shape as a base, I think I *might* be able to wear it out when it gets longer. *Shoulder Shrug*.
Who knows. To be honest, I am just stuck in limbo with this hair. I grow it. I cut it. I color it. I swear off coloring for life. I color it again. I cut it again. I just need to find my way back to the basics; get strong, healthy hair; and celebrate its essence in the moment.
This past year, I finally reflected on my eating habits. Rather than setting a goal of losing ‘X’ lbs, I did an overhaul on my eating. I adopted low carbs, high healthy fats and moderate protein focused on clean eating and cutting out gluten. I have essentially cut out bread, pasta, rice, legumes and dairy. It is pretty Paleo. In the process, I have shed 30 lbs without an hour of exercise. I am well below my personal “ideal” weight, and I am happy with that number. But now, I want to tone. I want to be fit and decrease my overall body fat %.
And so, I want to start the year off with a goal that falls into the #1 category where people make resolutions: ’12 Weeks of Documentation’. This is where I will show you what I’m eating and doing physically on a daily basis. I will take some pictures to document the changes. I read somewhere that it takes 4 weeks for you to see changes in your body, 8 weeks for your friends to see, and 12 weeks for the world to see. Let’s see what happens in 12 weeks.
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completely random and sporadic blogging postings knows that I am pursuing a PharmD. I am in my final year (comprised of rotations) and am currently applying for residencies. Deadlines at different programs have been rolling and and programs are extremely competitive. We will see if I am one of the lucky few that lands a spot! Meditating and praying on this one!
Simply put, I need to put more effort into documenting things. I love writing and this blog is my outlet.
I leave this one for last, because it is the one to which I dedicate so much thought. In 2015, I hope to become grounded in my spiritual life. My beliefs are one of those things I keep to myself, but I’d like to find a conduit for practicing these beliefs that is amenable to my family of four with very special needs.
What are your goals in 2015?