Aloha, friends! It's been a little over a month since my last post, and I must say that the break was welcome. I finished final exams and kept slogging away at my organic chemistry coursework (which ends this week!). I celebrated the holidays on the islands with my local ohana, then hopped aboard a plane to catch New Years Eve and a family wedding with the folks back home. My spring semester coursework began last week, and I'm already in the thick of assignments.
If you're a goal-oriented person like me, you might be tempted to set up all kinds of resolutions for yourself at the start of the new year. I've done this for years - but what started out as hard and fast "resolutions" has slowly morphed into a more gentle pursuit of experiences and accomplishments in the year ahead. Mentally, I do better without black-and-white rules or boundaries when it comes to setting intentions. There is no failure if there's a lesson learned at the end, and particularly if you keep trying at something along the way.
However, I do have a couple of ideas about how I want to live in 2016. Here are five of what I would very loosely call goals for this year:
1) Spend less money on things - specifically, clothing. Redirect those funds toward experiences - specifically, travel! I've got my eye on some trips to Japan, Australia, and New Zealand in the near future.
2) Commit to my CrossFit investment. Make connections, make gains, and try new things that scare me. I love the way the workouts challenge my physical capabilities as well as my mental strength, and the way regular attendance encourages me to rest well, eat well, and take the best care of myself that I can.
3) Read more. Scroll less. I kept a running list of the books I read in 2015, and at the end of the year I tallied it all up to find that I read fewer books than I had expected. This year, I want to choose books over Netflix and get that tally up.
4) Relax and learn to go with the flow. I really need to stop trying to impose my plans on life - if refuses to be tamed or to bend to my will, and I expend precious energy fighting against it.
5) Go outside. I NEED a daily dose of nature. Whether that means a long walk, an all-day hike, half an hour at the beach or a sunny lunch break on my porch, I want to prioritize outside time over indoor time. Plus, I have a long list of hikes - I'm calling it now: this will be the year of Hawaii hikes!
What are your plans for 2016? Any trips ahead? Any personal development goals you'd like to share? Happy new year to you - may 2016 be your best one yet.