A new year means a new chance to follow my dreams, goals and kick butt. That is why I took a significant amount of time to think about my New Year's resolutions. I wanted to do more than just "lose weight" or "gain a new hobby." This past year, I lost myself professionally and personally.
Now, I'm ready to come back better than ever. With that in mind, I came up with 10 resolutions that I want to complete before the start of 2018. What are my resolutions? Well, let me tell you then.
1. Be Healthy.
I've always had issues with my weight. Since I was young, I was always considered overweight. When I started working full-time, I found myself eating junk food in the breakroom, which caused severe weight gain. I started going to the gym, going for long walks twice a day and watching what I eat.
In the past year, I gained and lost so much weight that it was causing me to go crazy and focus on what's on the scale. In November, I ended up going to UrgentCare due to severe allergies. The nurse explained to me that I was overweight and had high blood pressure. Even though all my other tests came back healthy, I realized that losing weight shouldn't be the main focus and that the number of the scale shouldn't mean anything.
That is why I am focusing on being healthy. I want to make sure that my blood pressure is under control, my stress levels aren't too high and that I get to live a long life so that I can adopt all the dogs that come my way.
2. Run 3 5Ks.
Being healthy is also about being in the right mindset, and nothing clears my head like running. Even though I am the world's worst runner, I want to start running around my neighborhood. To encourage my goal to run more often, I want to sign up and train for three 5Ks. I know that 5Ks are not long distances, but we all have to start somewhere. And for me, I'm starting with a 5K.
3. Get Into Grad School.
An old boss of mine told me to find what I'm passionate about and to stick to it. In college, I thought I had found what I was passionate about, but I was completely wrong. While I have an understanding of what direction I want to go professionally, I would like to get a Masters to help me look more desirable for companies by gaining new skills.
While my goal is to get a Masters in Information Science at my alma matter, I will also be applying to a variety of online programs. Here's to hoping I go to UT, though. I'd love to be a Texas Longhorn again. #CrossesFingers.
4. Update Blog often.
I have an awful habit of never updating my blogs, and I want to change that. I want to mix my blog posts with personal thoughts, recipes I would love to share with the Internet and hopefully how grad school is doing.
To make sure this gets done, I have added "write blog post" on several pages of my new planner.
5. Find a New Job.
I just need a new job. I still haven't found that company, and hopefully, 2017 will give me the gift of employment.
6. Learn to Code.
Thanks to free programs, such as CodeAcademy, I have come to understand the basics of coding. While coding might not be a skill I want to focus on, I would love to learn how to code websites or apps. For now, I want to concentrate on getting the basics before I move on to Python.
I know that everyone wants to learn how to code for job prospects, but if I teach myself to code, it will give me a sense of accomplishing something I never thought I would be doing six years ago.
If anyone has other free programs that would be beneficial to my goal of learning to code, hit me up.
7. Volunteer More.
No explanation needed.
I haven't been on an airplane in years. While my first experience was full of embarrassment, I would like to create more pleasant memories that don't require me asking a security guard on how to get on my flight.
Vegas? Miami? Los Angeles? New York City? I don't know where I will end up, but I'd love to leave the Austin area, even if it's for a weekend.
9. Go to Church.
I didn't go to church very often last year, which is a disgrace. While my relationship with God is good, I do not have a relationship with a church. I miss feeling like a part of a community. It will take me a while to find a church I like, but thankfully, that's why I have Yelp.
Another thing about the church is that it helps me clear out my mind. It is the place where I can just focus on God and our relationship. I can talk to him and praise him.
My religious resolution may come to a surprise to a lot of people, but the Catholic Church is a huge part of my life, and I am not ready to separate.
10. Stop Complaining.
I don't have the perfect body or the perfect job, but I want to stop complaining about my first world problems. I have a boyfriend that loves me, and family and best friends who always backs me up in every endeavor I take on. I have friends from high school who weren't privileged to leave Brownsville and had to work instead of going to college.
I had the privilege to graduate from UT, get jobs in my field and move out from my family. While my situation is not ideal for my goals and life plans, I have a job, a roof over my head and food to feed myself.
And by not complaining, I can focus on being a better person. Because by being a better person, I can be proud of who I am and where I will end up.