New Year New Skills

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New Year New Me! New Years Resolutions! Leave the old behind and usher in the new and improved!

I don’t like setting New Year’s resolutions. They never seem to pan out, and are a source of anxiety and disappointment. A resolution seems to indicate that you want and need to change something in your life because you are unhappy, or that you are somehow living ‘wrong’. I don’t necessarily like that idea – while it may very well be true that something in your life needs drastic change, deciding to start on Jan 1 seems both like an ultimatum and also arbitrary. It’s like saying you’ll start exercising on Monday, but then Monday rolls past and then you end up putting it off and set the start date again for later, and later.

Instead of a ‘resolution’, this year I decided to set myself three goals I would like to achieve by the end of 2019. Skills that I can develop that will be useful and make me happy. Three might seem like a small number, but I think that’s realistic given my return to full time work alongside raising our bub!

I wanted to pick goals that I have to educate myself about, because I love learning new things. I wanted them to be things I have to work towards over the course of the year, because picking something I could just go and do tomorrow seems a bit pointless. I also wanted them to be specific and actually achievable. If you make a goal too broad it’s hard to monitor progress and success, and if it’s something that you realistically know you can’t or won’t achieve, than you are setting yourself up for failure.

My goals may seem silly to you, but they are things I’ve wanted to be able to do for a while now, so why not set them in motion!

Here are my three goals for 2019:

 

Braid

I mean a proper French braid. I know how to plait my hair, put it in a pony tail, straighten it, and I can even sometimes do it up with chopsticks (depending on length) and curl it (depending on patience). As a 29 year old woman, I feel like I should be able to do more things with my hair than that! So let’s start simple with a good old-fashioned braid.

Full Pull Up Or Chin Up

Yes, they are different things. I’m not sure which one I will be more comfortable with, so I am keeping my options open. Being able to do a full pull/chin up means I will have built up my strength to a pretty good level, which is something I’ve wanted to do for years but been too lazy for. I’m also hoping it will end with much more core strength, which I’ll need if I want to have another successful pregnancy one day.

Pretzels

I love those big, soft, delicious pretzels you find throughout Europe! I really want to learn how to make them myself, because I can’t find them easily here where we live. This is going to take lots of practice, so if you’d like to be a tester let me know 😉

 

I will keep you all updated throughout the year as I work toward achieving these goals. I have no doubt there will be many stories to come from these progressions, so stay tuned!

What are your goals for the new year? Share them in the comments below, and we can celebrate our successes together when we achieve them!

 

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