Well, well, well. Another year down, another new year upon us. Is it just me, or was 2011 REALLY difficult for a lot of people? Not just in ways related to the economy either. I know it was a rough one for me in a lot of ways.
That being said, I am really looking forward to 2012. Not with a false sense of hope a grandeur, I think. Not even with a real set of “resolutions” to give me something to work for, and most likely fail at completing. But mostly just with a sense that forward motion is typically a good thing, and while that continues regardless of if it’s a new year or not, there is a sense of “freshness” that the new year brings, and I dig that.
Now while I don’t have real resolutions, I do have a few things that I’d like to keep doing, or get done once and for all.
1. Cut back on soda. Soda is delicious. I love it. I drink regular, not diet, and it’s pretty much fantastic. But my skinny jeans disagree, and also, my urine. While soda is just a readily available here in Costa Rica as it is everywhere else, I found myself buying it less as my budget is tight, and it’s a luxury I can’t really afford. I also got a pedicure sometime last year and the woman told me from feeling my feet and noticing when I felt pain that my kidneys were not happy and I needed to drink tons more water and not much else. Have I ever listened to doctors or medical studies or my mom or anything else when it told me to drink more water? Nah. Am I listening to my manicurist? You bet your bippy I am. So I’ve been drinking more water, and not buying soda, and not really going out much where I like to order soda, so it’s been naturally cut back. I hope I can keep that up when I move home.
2. Go to an endocrinologist and a psychiatrist when I get back, get my medicines for my thyroid and my anxiety/depression figured out, and take them like I’m supposed to take them. This is just so necessary and it’s amazing to me how long I’ve put off taking the steps to feel good. When your baseline feeling (body and mind) sucks, everything else feels infinitely worse. Gotta fix this.
3. Boundaries. Whether this is not looking at work email when I’m not at work, or not picking up the phone if I don’t feel like talking at that moment, I need to get better at this. This also includes setting aside non-negotiable time for me to rest, read, spend time reading the Bible and praying, craft, zone out and watch Netflix, whatever. This is also stemming from me figuring out which relationships I need in my life, and which ones it might be healthy to let go of.
That’s really it. Water>soda, go to the doctor like I should have forever, and rest and screen my calls. Pretty attainable, I feel.
Also, it’s my blog’s birthday. I started this blog a year ago and…I don’t feel super impressed with it at the moment. I hope to change that, but as I’m sure you’ve noticed, if I don’t feel like writing, I don’t. And I’m not going to change that, or write for the sake of writing, because that’s ridiculous. I love all of you who DO read and comment when I post. Youda youda best.
Cheers to 2012, and clearer pee, errybody.