For many, the beginning of a new year signals a time of reflection and intention. Have you thought about your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions? Maybe you want to spend more time each day with your family, or perhaps you want to start each day reflecting in a gratitude journal. Whatever your resolutions, it is important to write them down and put them somewhere you will see them often (like on the fridge or above your desk). This practice will change the way you see your goals, and will make it easier for you to monitor your progress and “check in” with yourself throughout the year.
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I’m not one to spend much time on a specific New Year’s resolutions, as I try to set goals and reevaluate every few months to see how I’m feeling and where I’m at. Now that 2016 is coming to a close, some of my goals going into the new year will involve getting outside more. Especially during winter, my plan is to take some trips to go snowboarding. I learned how to ski at a very young age (my father was a ski instructor) and I spent most of my younger years on the mountain. When I first switched to snowboarding, I was going regularly every season, but that tapered off over the years, so I’m going to be intentional about getting out there this year.
Beyond getting back on the board, I plan to continue rock climbing and venture outdoors once the weather is warmer. Lastly, I’d like to spend more time reading. I spend a lot of my time reading articles and short stories but I have stack of books piling up that I’d like to spend some quality time with on my couch!
This year my New Year’s Resolution is quite simple: Live in the moment and appreciate each day as it comes and all that it brings.
This year I want to spend more time watching the news and reading articles about what’s happening in the business world. Additionally, I’d like to start cooking more making yummy recipes beyond pasta and chili (the only meals I have mastered). Lastly, I’d like to get back into practicing Pilates and going for runs, too. Ultimately, I hope to carve more time out to pursue hobbies because I’ve let the stresses of the life get in the way of some of my favorite things.
• Read at least one book each month
• Turn my phone off after 9pm on week nights
• Run at least three days each week
• Spend more quality time with my family
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In the upcoming year, I am making it my goal to dedicate more of my time, energy, and resources to issues, charities, and organizations that are important to me and my family. In the past I’ve given a great deal of time and energy to a number of organizations, including Lift For Life, The Kevin Dare Foundation, The Kyle Russell Callahan Scholarship, and others. Admittedly, over the past year my engagement has been lacking (with a new baby and growing business) but it’s my goal to recommit in the coming year.
Director of Sales & Marketing
For 2017 I would like to focus on three things: Balance, Charity and Presence.
Balance. Every since my son was born, I have struggled to find a good balance between my work, raising my son, mentoring my team, running a household, staying connected with friends and family and taking care of myself (working out, hobbies, etc). As my son Hudson is now 17 months old, I guess I can no longer claim I am a “new mom” and need to focus more on a plan to find the balance I crave.
Charity. As a former fundraiser and non-profit executive director, I understand the value of giving-back (from multiple viewpoints). I used to be heavily involved in many charity organizations, and while I know that I cannot give as much time as I used to, I do want to volunteer as much as I can this coming year. Giving monetary donations is great, but it is giving my time that connects me to the cause and warms my soul more than anything.
Presence. Going back to my first point, my lack of balance has also often left me feeling like I spend too much time with my mind focused on things other than what I am currently engaged in. My goal is to practice the art of being fully present. So when I am with my son, I will put my phone in my purse. And when I am at work, I will stay focused on the task at hand (and count my blessings that I get to do the work I love at an organization I am helping to build from the ground up, while my son is at home happily playing with his Aunt!).
• Help my son, Seb publish a joke book (how does a snowman get to work? By-icile)
• Get better on bass. I aim to get to grade 5 (don’t know if you have the same grading system in the U.S. like we have in the UK. There are 8 grades so grade 5 is pretty decent)
• Run two marathons
• Play handball (the european version) in a country that plays handball
• I became vegan this year, and I’d like to help spread the message that it’s better in every way. But spread the message without being annoying!
• Design and illustrate more for fun. Have an ‘art hour’ every week with my daughter, Evie.
For the 2017 year, I would like to spend more time focusing on my personal well being. Sometimes in the midst of daily activities, I forget to take a step back and breathe. Our health and happiness is #1- everything else comes after. I want to set aside time throughout the day to exercise more (I love running- I don’t do enough of it!), practice yoga, art, read, and give back, whether it be through donating to a charity or simply smiling and greeting a passing stranger. My goal is to radiate more positive energy to those close to me and those around me on a daily basis.
Here at Twenty Over Ten, we aim to better ourselves every day. For this New Year, what are your resolutions? We hope you enjoyed reading ours. From all of us here, We wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!