The Type A person in me is shaking her head at her own mistake right now for publishing monthly goals prior to long-term ones. Looks like someone still hasn’t recovered from the holidays. coughs I purposely split my New Year’s resolutions from my long-term goals for a reason. Others may find these two one and the same, but achieving goals is so much more fulfilling. Do I even make sense? Rather than aiming for a general idea, I will try to go into further details.
• PERSONAL •
Roan and I have both decided to wait at least a year to try to conceive a baby; however, this will only apply once I’ve moved with him to the US. First of all, I want to spend as much time with him to make up for the lost ones. I know I say this a lot, but it’s really a must. Travelling and doing things together are on top of our list this year. Second, I want to live a healthier lifestyle in preparation for my first pregnancy; something most new mothers have advised me to do. If it isn’t obvious, I’m already in my late 20s. Although I feel generally fine, I will be needing proper care and further assistance from a specialist in order to execute our plans well.
Changing my lifestyle isn’t just about looking great. Doing so will be beneficial for me and my future baby(ies), to which my husband fully supports. I’m just glad that we’re on the same page on this!
• LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE •
- Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. I used to only drink a total of a little over 1 liter of water a day. I know this because I only take a glass or two during mealtime. I’m not one to drink water in between meals unless I’m feeling thirsty.
Since quitting my job in August, I’ve been almost always at home. I noticed that I was drinking more water than usual, and even ensure to bring a water jug whenever I’m leaving the house.
- Exercise regularly. Remember that new routine I told you about many months ago? Guess what? I didn’t carry on with it, and deliberately slacked off with exercise.
The lack of concrete motivation to follow through with my workout routine was the culprit. Back in January 2011, I had the goal of shedding all the unwanted weight I gained since 2009. It took me a year or so to really see the results, and I was over the moon. I believe that with the right attitude and great support system, I will be able to get right back on track.
- Eat right. Alongside fitness is eating the right food. You know the saying, ‘Abs are made in the kitchen’? That’s true. Here’s a little confession: I wasn’t properly nourised during my first attempt at losing weight. I did lose a lot—heck, I even went underweight at one point—but I was at my crankiest and most dehydrated self. Skinny? Yes. Healthy? I don’t think so. I was eating fewer calories than my RENI.
This year, I will avoid and eventually give up junk food. By this, I mean processed food that are yummy, but are equally unhealthy. Ideally, I would jump right into clean-eating, but that can wait until my system is ready for such major change. I will allow myself to indulge on comfort food every now and then especially if my husband said so!
- Invest on organic and natural vitamins/food supplements. I am the worst at being consistent in taking my vitamins. More often than not, I only take them (i.e., vitamin C) when I feel like I’m coming down with a cold. My Mom tells me to choose vitamins and food supplements that are natural and/or organic, and steer clear from synthetic ones. They’re generally pricey, but they’re more worth the money.
• TRAVEL TOGETHER •
This is probably what makes me so hopeful about 2015. Roan and I are pretty certain that being in each other’s arms for good is just a stone’s throw away. While there are no definite plans yet, we have been talking about the many places we will go to this year. We will start by travelling to local destinations in America. I had it all figured out that it’s going to take a while before we could return to the Philippines for vacation once I leave, so flying abroad won’t be on top of our priorities. Not only is it expensive, it’s impractical, too, especially if both Roan and I have jobs that won’t allow us to be away from work for far too long. The solution? Quick weekend getaways around the city!
There are plenty of places to see and food to discover in California alone. I know it’s probably going to hurt our pockets, but exploring both old and new places and things together will make beautiful memories. If time and budget permits, we’ll take our travel plans further to the different states of America. Seattle is one of Roan’s favorite cities, so a trip to Washington is definitely on our list! Travelling doesn’t entail splurging. We’re not talking about an around-the-world or European trip yet, so just the opportunity to travel within the country is enough of an adventure to take.
Blog-wise, my 2014 had been tremendous. I owe this to my real-life tribe and to the small community of bloggers I made friends with in the previous year. What started as a lesser known blog has extended its reach across the globe in just a span of one year. It’s unbelievable!
Here are only a few things I aim to establish by the end of 2015:
- Build a readership (Truth be told, I’d rather have a few genuine readers and/or visitors than hundreds of followers who don’t even care about the content I put out on this blog. Which brings me to my next point…)
- Come up with more engaging and relatable blog posts (Quality > Quantity)
- I’ve been toying with the idea of introducing a sponsorship/advertising program on this blog, but I need to carefully assess the factors involving this move first before jumping right in. (Tips are welcome, guys!)
- Utilize social media sites more effectively
- Perhaps introduce a solo or co-blogger link-up party that will drive new readers to the blog
- Guest post on other blogs
My word for the year may come in handy now that I have set my personal and blogging goals for 2015. It is possible that the list will grow as we move further away from the first of January, but I am positive that some, if not all of these, will pan out in the end.
What are your long-term goals for 2015?