Rather than New Years Resolutions, this year I have goals, or a vision, for my life in 2019. Some of them are new things, some of them, like losing weight and being more healthy are goals I set every year. But I have a good feeling about 2019.
1. Eat More Mindfully
For this goal, I have several parts. First, I want to switch to a plant based diet as much as possible. I may never be fully vegan, I may even eat the occasional piece of meat, but my goal is to be as plant based as possible. I mean like 95% plant based.
Secondly, I want to develop a healthy relationship with food. Now that I’ve stopped drinking, food has become my replacement for escapism. Like when I want to celebrate, when I’m sad, when I’m bored, etc. So my goal is to be diligent, meal prep, portion my food and to use it as fuel for my body rather than as escapism.
Through this process, I should naturally lose weight. So this year losing weight is more of a secondary goal.
2. Grow Spiritually
This was a goal in 2018 as well. And I did good in the beginning. Then life got in the way and I gradually fell off the wagon, never to get back on.
Firstly, I want to develop a daily prayer and meditation practice.
Secondly, I want to focus more on helping others and less on myself.
Thirdly, I want to generate less waste, especially plastic waste. I want to start buying from bulk bins and consider my environmental impact with everything that I do.
Finally, I want to live in the present moment. Not worry about the future, nor regret the past. But be grounded firmly in the present, thankful for all of the blessings in my life.
3. Grow My Business & Be More Productive
In 2018 I did well enough for myself. I even started a new soap business. But as a whole I wasn’t nearly as productive as I could have been.
A lot of times that I should have been working to grow and improve my business, I was instead messing around on social media, running non-essential errands during the middle of the work day or taking a nap.
All the while riding the wave of success in the business I’ve already established. My motivation and my productivity weren’t what they should have been. And I want to change that in 2019. I want to grow my media business and set my soap business up for success.
4. Travel MoreWhen I first got the travel bug, I decided that my goal was to travel to 35 countries by age 35. I achieved that before age 30. In fact, to date I’ve been to 39 countries. To reach that goal, the focus was on quantity rather than on quality. For example, on my big asian backpacking trip in 2016 we spent as little as 1 or 2 days in some countries just to check them off.
So in 2019 my goal is to travel at least as much as I did in 2019 – which was about 6 weeks – but to focus on quality rather than quantity. To go to fewer places and really get to know those places. To meet the locals, experience the culture and leave with an understanding of how they see the world.
So far I have a couple of things planned:
- San Luis Potosi, Mexico with some friends (January)
- Vancouver, BC to visit my best friend (tentative February)
- Chiapas, Mexico (March)
- Columbus, Ohio to visit my Dad (tentative May)
- Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (tentative June)
- Beijing and Shanghai, China on a tour with my Mom (December)
With my Dad being sick with cancer, I’ve tried to stay on this continent as much as possible this year, but I’m hoping that I get to do a couple more trips to various parts of Mexico this year.
Can I do it? I think so. I think these are all pretty realistic goals. And realistic goals are ones that you’re more likely to achieve.