Not considering everything happening in the world, my 2017 ended well. I started the “Year of Rae” project where I would make deliberate changes to get more of my sh*t together.
I was supposed to document this for accountability but the looming thought that I need to write about my activities afterwards, as I simultaneously figure out how I would do what I need to do felt overwhelming. I focused all my efforts on ‘just doing it’ which ended up being a good decision.
In 2018, I want to focus on 3 areas–personal finance, health and fitness, and personal growth. I’ll continue what I started early this year: establishing “systems”, habits, and deliberate actions to achieve results (Read: Forget About Setting Goals, Focus on This Instead). Hopefully, I’ll be more prolific in documenting my efforts.
I’m not big on planning for and laying out everything I want to accomplish for a whole year. I just listed down a few initial habits I want to reinforce and go from there.
I want to be extra frugal in 2018. I got inspired by an article on NY Times about a woman’s experience of not shopping for a year. I haven’t worked out the ‘rules’ yet but I’ll be as rigid with this as I can e.g. absolutely no makeup and skin care purchases until I use up everything even if I’m left with products I’m not crazy for, as long as they don’t break me out.
I will also log my daily expenses for self-awareness purposes and to find out what expenditure I can eliminate. Any app recommendations?
Health and Fitness
I believe this is in line with my personal finance goals, too. Getting sick derails money-making and saving efforts, yo!
I lost 9 kilograms this year cutting down sugar and eating whole foods the past 4 months, but I’ve been on-and-off (mostly off) eating healthy for most of December. I got back on track this week. I decided not to wait until the new year.
This time, I won’t measure my progress with a weighing scale because I’ll start strength training and building some muscle. I’ll focus on non-scale victories as muscle weighs more than fat. My current waist-to-height ratio is 50%. I’m hoping to get it down to 47% by the first quarter of the month. I’m also hoping that my morning fasting blood glucose, measured with a glucometer, goes below 80 mg/dl.
I haven’t given this much thought yet. At the moment I can only think of improving the number of books I finish and setting aside time for mindfulness by doing this: CEO Morning and Night Routine. I’ll do some variant of the routine to fit my lifestyle as I imagine real-life CEOs having executive assistants and/or househelp. Also, everyone in the vid is male and seemingly single but it’s worth noting that the routine is Arianna Huffington’s. I don’t have dreams of becoming a CEO, tbh, but I think this would benefit me ‘mental health’-wise.
Many people seem to scoff at New Year’s resolutions these days, but if you’re doing something like this, please share in the comments. Include the link if you have a post on it, too. I’d love to read them.