H A P P Y N E W Y E A R!
As I reflect upon 2017 and think about my 2018 intentions, I thought I'd share a few memories from 2017.
2017 was definitely a year of changes and adjustments. I moved out of my college apartment after 3 years to come home and finish my last year of graduate school instead of driving down from Maine once a week (I think I drive/spend more time in my car down here then I ever did before though lol). While I truly miss Portland and Maine, I know that I have a handful of good friends I can always visit. Before truly settling into my mom's place, I also did some traveling with my brother to Eastern Europe in May. We went to Berlin, Prague, Austria, Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw. I swear every time I travel I realize how close-minded many people are towards the rest of the world. Besides traveling and whatnot I also restarted CrossFit this year. It has brought back loads of confidence and positivity that had been lacking in my physical and mental health and I've gotten stronger than ever before. I can do a pull-up or two!! #fitspo. Moving back home also allowed me to become more involved in Salem State and my graduate program. I've met a handful of great people in my program and finally feel like I've found my niche in academia. Career-wise, 2017 brought me closer to my goal of being a classroom teacher as well. Needless to say, I'm excited for 2018!
To look at 2018 and to sit down and write out intentions is a challenge for me. I tend to break things down into smaller time periods, like months and weeks. I don't really have any big goals planned out- just little ones along the way. To get a teaching job would probably be my only intention(s). On the other hand, I would like to tune in on my nutrition more in 2018. I'm not going to lie and say that my body is where I'd like it to be, but no matter how much I work out, eating is still a challenge for me. I eat whenever I'm hungry, don't count calories, and try to eat as many whole foods as I can, but for some reason I still feel guilty when I eat certain foods sometimes. This has been a long process, but I've overcome a lot of body issues over the past couple of years, so I think that changing things up in the new year will be good for me. I'm trying out RP templates, but I'm not sure how long I will do them for. I figured it would be a good way to get rid of some fluff before the CrossFit open and the summer. I know my body best, so whenever I think it's a good time to wane myself away from the templates I'm definitely going to do that.
2018 will also be my last year of college (probably ever...unless I get my PhD). I would really like to finish off my last semester strong, but it will be a challenge with four classes. I'll be traveling to Europe again with my favorite professor and some students in my program to learn about genocide history in Poland, Germany, and Austria. I'm hoping that this experience will give me a better perspective on the past and how, unfortunately, many people don't learn/pay attention to events that happened many years ago. Honestly graduation and the trip will most definitely be the highlight of 2018...unless something better happens..who knows!?
Like I said before, I'm not keen on making year long 'resolutions.' I think it's more important to ground myself on weekly and monthly intentions. I do hope that this year brings happy and positive changes and additions into my life. I already started to cleanse myself of certain things, like snapchat, and cleaned out my closet and desk of things that weren't necessarily impacting my life. Starting small and cleansing your life of the unnecessary is always a good way to start off the year. I do suggest that everyone starts to make their own list of goals and intentions. Get a blank piece of paper, some colored pencils & markers, and think about the things you want to do more of. Think of what makes you happy, think of negative aspects of your life you want to change and write it down. Cheers to 2018!