I'm not one to make resolutions as I've found that they always become quickly forgotten by the time February rolls around. Instead of committing myself to very strict resolutions, I've decided on a couple of vague guidelines to follow throughout the year.
Last year in February, I started working out religiously and eating healthier. With the event of the holidays and exam season, my healthy diet has definitely taken a toll as well as my gym visits. So my plan is to get back into that healthy lifestyle and now that I'm finished my degree, I can have more free time to go to the gym.
Along the same line, I also plan to eat healthier. Since I have so much more free time on my hands, I wanted to attempt to learn at least one new recipe a month. I felt that one recipe isn't that far off of a reach that if I can't reach that goal, I won't be as disappointed with myself.
In my spare time, I also want to get back into the flow of reading as much as I can. I used to be a huge book nerd before University, where I would devour books on a daily basis. It got so bad that there were some weeks where I would barely get any sleep since I would become so engrossed in a book that I would stay up all night trying to finish a book. Once I start one, I can't put it down till it's finished. I've recently gotten into the Divergent series in an attempt to read it before the movie is released. I'm a huge advocate of reading books before watching their respective movies so I that was my mission for January. I'm currently on the last book of the trilogy and I'm about half-way through it. The series is fantastic and definitely compelling but not as complex as I would wish. It is after all a teen-novel so I can't complain.
Lastly, I set a resolution to spend less overall. I have a tendency to impulse shop and as many other girls I am an admitted shoppaholic. I tend to purchase things that I don't necessarily need, but more on the basis because I like it and want it. I started slowing down my spending in December primarily because my expenses had to be re-directed towards Christmas presents. So in doing so, I created a wishlist for myself of the pricier items that I would like to own and living vicariously through that list. I know that sounds weird, but every time I looked at the list, it refrained me from making an unnecessary purchase. In doing so I actually ended up saving myself quite a bit of money during the holidays, which allowed me to attain one tof the items on my list! I ordered it a couple of days ago and can't wait for it to arrive in the mail.
What's great about my last resolution is that it goes hand in hand with one of my previous ones where I want to learn some new recipes. I'm a huge foodie at heart and love going out to lunches and dinners with friends, which can become costly. So by limiting the money I spend from eating out at random fast-food restaurants and reserving it for nicer ones, I save more money and have more time to eat at home instead of eating out unhealthily.
Did you guys make any reservations for the year? And if so what were they?
Labels: 2014, new year, resolutions