The Best of Intentions

So much has happened since my last post. I interviewed for a job, got married, went on our honeymoon, found out while I was there that I'd gotten the job, changed my name, starting working a 40 hour week, then Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. These past few months have been some of the best of my life, but it's been all I can do to keep my head above water and not drown in the sea of deadlines, paperwork, and expectations (cheesy metaphor over).

I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. Change can only happen when you're truly ready to make it. This year though, I am ready and willing. I'm ready to feel in control of my own life again. This year, I am committing to being more intentional in all that I do, from what I'm eating, to how I'm spending my money.

I want to make smart decisions about what I feed my body. Since starting work, it's been tough to plan healthy, home cooked meals for myself and my husband. After a day of calls and meetings, it's so simple to stick a frozen pizza in the oven or stop by Wendy's on our way home. I want to carefully plan meals for the week so that week day dinners are as easy as frozen pizza, but much more nourishing and energizing for our bodies. I've also committed to replacing my breakfasts (usually a bagel or oatmeal) with Shakeology for the next two months. (I'll do a full review once I've used it for a couple of weeks.)

I want to build strength and have more energy. I have always loved jogging, but recently discovered that I have asthma, made much worse by allergies and cold weather (and it probably didn't help that I'd all but abandoned running for a couple of years). I hope to get that taken care of soon, as I'm running/walking a 5k with my coworkers at the end of February. In the mean time, I'm trying to build endurance in the gym on the stair climber and the elliptical. 

I want to be more careful with how I spend my money. Now that I have a regular income, I want to start putting money into savings. I want to start making progress on paying off my student loan debt, and I want use my money to support small and sustainable businesses whenever I can. 

Lastly, I want to be intentional with my career. My current position is a two year apprenticeship program in financial technology. I have a lot of control over what projects I work on, and what skills I can cultivate. I want to spend this year, and the next, carefully setting myself up for an amazing future. 

I hope you all have a chance to start planning for this new year, and to start thinking about ways to be a happier, healthier, you.