Happy New Year! What a busy couple of weeks it has been. What have I been up to? Christmas, turning 25, going to a wedding, cross country skiing in Jackson, and I kicked off 2014 with my first winter hiking/snowshoe adventure on a 4,000 footer in New Hampshire in the most frigid of temperatures. Now that the holidays are behind us it’s time to get back on track with blogging and everything else AND to start my New Years resolution: to take one photo every day for 365 days. Yep, this was also my new years resolution last year but about three months in I decided I cheated too many times and I gave up. SO it’s time to try again! I’ll have the link posted here later tonight or tomorrow for anyone who’s interested in following.
What are your New Years resolutions? Thinking of trying something new? Here are some good things to remember when setting goals:
- Set “SMART” goals. What does that mean? Set a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
For an example: ” I want to lose weight this year” or “I want to exercise more” or “I want to eat healthier” are all good goals…. but you’ll likely have a hard time seeing any results by having such broad terms. Try to get more specific with your goals and this will give you a clearer plan and help make them more attainable.
Instead of saying “I want to exercise more” why not say something like “I want to take spin classes 3 days a week for the whole year”
- If the traditional goal setting tends not to work for you try doing mini challenges. Maybe for a month you will challenge yourself to go to those three spin classes a week. Maybe you’ll find that by the end of the month going to the 3 spin classes a week isn’t a challenge anymore and rather something you will continue to do through the rest of the year.
- Break bigger goals up into smaller parts. If you want to eat healthier try changing one thing about your diet a week. It will be much easier to make permanent changes if you don’t try to go cold turkey on the desserts and french fries overnight.
Here are some images from my holiday week!