Happy New Year’s Day!
New Year’s Eve has historically been one of my least favorite holidays to celebrate. I have a hard time staying up till midnight, I don’t want to wake up hungover…and I generally feel like it’s a pretty overhyped holiday.
I do love New Year’s Day, though. While it may seem silly and arbitrary to use one date as a marker for a refresh, I love having a set point to hit pause, reflect on the last year and map out where I want to go moving forward. It feels like a fresh start - time for new beginnings, new growth, new experiences…and new goals (let’s be real - resolutions are too vague and often immeasurable, but whatever floats your boat!).
Similar to last year, I’m hoping that publicly sharing my goals for this upcoming year will keep me accountable.
Here’s what I want to accomplish in 2019:
Wean completely off of Zoloft.
A few years ago, I finally admitted to myself that I needed help…and medicine was the right choice for me at that time. But, I’ve known for awhile that I didn’t want to stay on Zoloft forever. This year, I’ve felt really called to wean off the medication for a few reasons that I’ll share in due time. It’s a personal decision (and I definitely don’t look down at anyone who does stay on medication for their lifetime) - and it’ll take a few months, but I’m excited for the journey.
Hike either Mt. Whitney and/or Cactus to Clouds.
Hiking Mt. Whitney (the tallest summit in the contiguous US) has been a goal of mine for years, but I’ve been rejected by the permit lottery system for three years in a row now and just hadn’t had the time to commit to a thru-hike that included Whitney. This year, I’m crossing my fingers that fourth time may be a charm, and I can bag this peak. If I don’t get selected in the lottery (or if I’m feeling gutsy and want to do both!), I’d love to complete Cactus to Clouds. Rated as one of the hardest day hikes in the world, this trail brings you from the desert floor in Palm Springs to San Jacinto. I loved getting outside for my 2018 52 Hike Challenge, and I’m definitely ready for some more epic adventures (just not weekly!).
Hold a handstand.
I had been hellbent on finally holding a handstand last year…and then I moved and completely fell out of practicing this inversion. This year, I want to rebuild that strength and balance and hold a handstand for longer than 10 seconds.
Complete a season of coaching with Girls on the Run.
This February, I’ll be starting to coach a group of elementary school girls with Girls on the Run on their way to their May 5K. I’ve been involved with Girls on the Run since college, but this year, I decided to increase my commitment by coaching. I can’t wait to start!
Journal at least 2x/week.
I hate journaling. Am I the only one?! Sometimes, it stresses me out to write aimlessly. But after reading countless articles and studies about the benefits of journaling, I’m finally committing to getting over this mental wall and block and just putting pen to paper. I’m planning to start with guided prompts and then transition into free writing.
Write at least eight chapters of my book.
One day, I’d love to be an author. I’ve had a fiction book idea outlined for the last three years…and have just sat on it after writing one chapter. Honestly, I think I was too scared to start. So, this year, I’m committing to starting and again, putting pen to paper. I have 15 chapters outlined, so I’d love to make it more than halfway through.
Invest in and complete quarterly independent Bible studies.
I’ve really, really struggled to find a church home in San Diego that feels right. In the midst of my continual journey with this hunt in 2019, I’m setting a goal to complete independent Bible studies so that I can continue to invest in, grow and cultivate my relationship with Jesus rather than turning to anger and sadness that I don’t have a Sunday home yet.
Beyond goals for 2019, I’m also focusing on a word/intention: CREATE. I’m excited to see how this will manifest itself in the upcoming 12 months.