Personal Wellness Goals
Photography: Shaquille Pesso
Welcome to 2018 guys!
Normally I am not one to have resolutions but after the 2017 came to tear me down, I’ve decided that I needed to step into 2018 with a game plan. I have never been so ready for a year to be over like I have been recently, I just felt like so much happened this past year and all though it wasn’t all bad and many good and positive things occurred, the bad, was astronomically bad. And as if just to give me a last kick, the last two weeks before the year ended included someone hitting my parked car in the parking lot and leaving and someone stealing clothes out of the dryer while my clothes were drying ( who raised these people). I say all this to say is that as much as I have a lot of goals this year ( work, school, and my blog) , the most important area for me is my personal wellness.
Here are my goals to help me get to where I want to be and remain sane in the process.
I started going to a yoga studio near my house this summer and fell involve with it, I had so much energy and over just fell less stressed and happier after a session. However trying to balance school and work this past fall I felt I didn’t have time and so I didn’t go and I really felt the effects of it. This year I will make time and do yoga at least twice per week.
2. Laser Hair Removal
My number one insecurity I have is just how hairy I am and the marks I have from being plagued with ingrown hairs. I have looked into getting laser hair removal randomly throughout the last two years but have always put it out ( my pain tolerance is non-existent). With that being said thought, this is the year I am going to get something done I have already decided on a clinic and I am giving myself until February 1,2018 to get an appointment for my consultation done.
3. Eating Better
I am the worst at eating breakfast and I am going to change that this year, now saying I will eat it everyday is a stretch but I will try. To aid in this I will be keeping fruits and breakfast bars on deck so I can grab and go if needed. Also I will be cooking dinner atlas twice a week to ensure I am not eating out as much as I did last year. To go along with all this I will be picking up some cook books because I get really bored eating the same things at home so this will be the year of experimenting with cooking different (non Jamaican food). I have already picked up Jamie Oliver’s 5 ingredient cook book, but i have yet to try. Although I am not capable of being vegan (I LOVE meat), I will be incorporating more plant-based meals.
I am someone who wakes up very early (as soon as the sun cracks the horizon), but I am terrible at going to bed. This year I am giving myself a bedtime to ensure I am intact getting enough rest because no matter when I go to bed, I cannot sleep in.
5. Skin Care
I am the worst person at removing my makeup before bed, and that will change this year. Having a bedtime will help with that as I will then have a time to get ready for bed. However if all else false I will be keeping a pack of makeup remover wipes beside my bed for when exhaustion hits and I simple can’t get up and go to the bathroom. Also I’ve never had a facial, that will change, aiming to get one every month this year .
I love massages and I do not get them nearly enough, I have the most tense left shoulder (I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders) and sometimes it’s so bad it swells. This year I am making it a priority to take time out monthly to get a massage.
I need to make time to read more this year, and I mean my own personal reading, not relating to school. When I was younger I would get lost in books when I was stressed or felt down and they served as a healthy break from reality so I will be getting back in to that. I currently have some books I purchased back in October that I haven’t gotta a chance to read yet. Here is the currently line up ; The Grim Sleeper (need to finish this), The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fu*k and the Rooster Bar.
Clearly I was living under a rock and did not know how amazing the bath & body works aromatherapy line was until November. I use the energy and the sleep body washes every day, I really like them and I think they work. However I think the real stars of the show are the candles, I have already gone through the focus , comfort and stress relief candles and I am obsessed. This year I am definitely going to get into aromatherapy more as I found it so helpful and will be including reviews on anything good I find here on the blog.
I will look at my planner EVERY DAY!!! I amaze myself with how much I procrastinate, it’s almost like I reveal in rushing (I’m clearly insane). However I have been better using my planner now that I am back in school fully, but I now will include planning out content for my especially with all the content I want to create on here (exciting times ahead).
10. Time Out
I will make an effort to take time out for myself. Not entirely clear what this will look like exactly ,but me time is a must this year. I literally will take an entire day to myself atlas once a month to do something for me ( could very easily be me in bed with a book ).
What are your resolutions this? Are you looking to make better choices when it comes to taking care of yourself? Let me know, I would love some suggestions for any of my listed resolutions. Leave your comments below, what do you want to see on here?