I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions and actually be able to keep them. I've seen a lot of bloggers lately who make monthly goals, and that seems a lot more reasonable to me. I have a feeling that some of the goals will carry over into the next month, not because I haven't achieved them, but because they're goals that I actually want to make lifelong habits.
spend less, save more.
With my trip to Copenhagen and Paris (and maybe Amsterdam?) coming up in a little over two months, I want to be more intentional about the way I am spending my money on dumb things. Not just because I want to have more money to spend while on my trip (because I am 100% planning on eating my way through Europe), but because I can already name at least eighteen other places I want to travel to and I know this trip is just going to be the start of it. (The only exception, is purchasing a pair of either Nike Roshe Runs or Nike Frees to wear while on my trip. They're kind of fashionable, right? Either way, I know we'll be walking a lot and I don't want to have blisters or anything!)
read more, sleep more (soundly).
Over the summer, I was on a kick of reading for about half an hour before bed each night, and it really did help me sleep better. Somewhere around Christmas, I finished the book I had been reading and I haven't started something new yet. This month I want to get back on track with reading before bed, and hopefully the sleeping better will follow, too.
exercise more, eat more (intentionally).
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know everyone makes resolutions to be more healthy in the New Year. Luckily, for me, this isn't actually a new goal. I've been off and on about going to the gym over the past several months, but I want to become more consistent in my workouts. And since we all know that working out isn't the only thing that's required to be more healthy, I want to be more intentional about what I'm eating. I've gotten better about drinking only water all day, with the exception of one cup of coffee or tea in the morning, and I'm being more mindful about how much I snack at work and what I'm putting into my lunchbag in the mornings. (Baby carrots, bananas, and string cheese are the repeat offenders.)
cross off, or make progress on, at least two goals from my 24 before 24 list.
This one is pretty self explanatory. My 24 before 24 list can be found here, and although I've already made a dent in a few of the tasks, there are still plenty more that I haven't even started yet!
So, what are y'all up to this month?