One month into the year and I am doing better than usual.
Usually I don’t make resolutions. This year, I set a few goals to help myself become a better person.
One month into the year, and I am reviewing the goals I set at the start of the year to see where I am with their achievement.
- Limiting contact with people who cause me stress: I have been pretty good at this. I have limited contact with people at work who are almost constantly negative to the necessities. When they are negative around me, I either leave the situation politely, or change the subject to something more positive, or try to help them see the situation in a more positive light. In my personal life, I don’t really have people who are negative around me.
- Becoming better at letting people closer to me: I haven’t really worked on this as much, though I am trying to be more open with people. On the flip side, I am trying to keep some of my personal stuff more personal while at work - we are acquaintances and not really besties, anyway.
- Becoming a better verbal communicator: I am working at this and believe I am becoming clearer with what I am saying. Sometimes, this means that I have prethought about what I will say to someone, but I am also becoming better at doing this impromptu.
- Doing things to help become healthier: I have been stretching every morning, which is helping my back. But I have definitely not been doing it as long as I need to because I am really loving my bed in the morning. I never used to be a snooze buttoner, and still don’t hit it, but I do sometimes lay there an additional 5-20 minutes some days. I have not done any cardio this year and I have yet to see the chiropractor. I am taking care of the other medical stuff and have been eating more vegetables and healthier food.
- Getting rid of items in my home and at work: I have gotten rid of something each day of January and each of the two days this month (today it was an old pair of running shoes that I have been saving to use when I start cardio, but that I know are way too worn to be comfortable - they hurt just to stand in, I can’t imagine what they feel like to run in).
I believe that I have a way to go with each of the items, but I am happy that I am following through with each of them.
My motto is still “Be better than you were yesterday”.