I Need to do These Things in January
I have to start out this post today by saying how lucky I am to have a cat that puts up with me. Last night I was like, “wouldn’t Cecil make a cute spin instructor?” and then I made him sit on the bike and take a pic.
Good thing he’s a ham that’s always willing to pose for the camera!
GUYS, it feels like January is trucking along at such a fast pace! I figured I better set some goals for the month before it’s too late.
My big goal is to get back to running before the end of the month. I’ve got just about a week to go until I see my doctor again… and hopefully for the last time. Other than that I’ve got some other things I want to accomplish this month.
Nothing too serious. I feel like I spent so much of last year serious… seriously stressed out. This year I am going to do more little things that make me happy, starting with re-reading the Harry Potter series.
I used to re-read the books every year, but I skipped last year which is really unfortunate. I’m going to start re-reading the books asap and then I want to have a movie marathon.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I also want to cook one new recipe per month this year. Before this month is over I really want to make this soup (but with chicken sausage):
OMG eating soup and reading a good book? Sign me up for that. This weekend sounds like a good time for it!
I also want to be more financially savvy this year. I’ve already increased my retirement contribution for the year so that’s one January goal ticked off the list. I also want to invest in something this year – probably stocks? I’m not sure. A good January goal for me is to research how you even get started buying stocks.
A little investment I made recently was in this cute new bag!
I was able to get it when it was 40% off right after Christmas so it was practically a steal! I really love structured bags and I think this size is perfect: not too big but big enough to fit the essentials. My camera and my travel makeup bag aren’t shown here but those both easily fit.
Honestly I have to have small-medium bags. I used to always carry oversized bags and ended up with my whole life stuffed inside. You know how Hermione has that bag that she can fit a tent, books… basically everything the trio needs to defeat Voldemort? Yeah that was me and my purse back in the day! 🙂
Okay, so I’m really serious about doing more little things this year that make me feel less overwhelmed by stress. There are some things in life that are necessary even if they can add stress (you know, work lol) but that doesn’t mean I can’t try to counter that by doing other things that de-stress me.
A primary activity that helps me de-stress is running and I know getting back to that will help a lot. As most of you know I used to run after work almost every single day. I find running to be the perfect way to de-stress after work as I transition into my home life.
Unfortunately I couldn’t run most of last year and never really learned to cope with stress in a healthy way. I often coped by eating which isn’t the best way to go about things, especially if you’re supposed to be at a good place in life with your eating disorder.
I didn’t write about it on the blog because … a lot of reasons. The truth is I struggled with stress, anxiety, eating, switching to a new therapist after years (it was the right move), trying to work with a dietitian (I was a bad client). There was a lot of shit going on.
I feel like I’m in a good place right now so I’ll probably write about that all soon. It’s tough to write about those things when you’re going through them, but I do like to document those periods in my life on the blog here for myself.
Wow, okay so this post got way more serious than I expected it too! I better sign off for today :).
Have a great day!
What are some of your mini goals / goals for this month?