While the weather outside is still very frightful for some, we are officially in our last full month of winter! Woo hoo!! Granted, I managed to avoid being in the middle of the winter storm that just took Chicagoland…well..by storm, by being in Japan, but I am reminded regularly by my dear husband that I was the one who wanted to move back there, so next winter that will be my misery all over again.
Anyway, time to look at the new month. January was a pretty big struggle with everything and it’s left me feeling quite low. I’m really hoping that I can turn my mind around and start feeling more like myself this month. Therefore, I’m keeping my goals simple and focused on enjoying myself a bit more.
Journal– Brooke over at Brooke: Not on a Diet, is hosting a 28 day self care challenge on Instagram this month. All we have to do is pick one thing that is self care related and comment on her Instagram post daily once we do it. Mine is to journal every day. This is not blogging or planning, but plain old writing my thoughts down in a little notebook I bought just for the occasion. So far, so good.
Work on the blog daily– Since I don’t really have a lot else to do, this should not be a difficult one..if I can stay motivated to work. My blog did grow in January simply because I actually had the time to dedicate to my blog. It’s a great feeling that will keep me moving forward.
Lisen to more music– As I’m trying to rekindle my love of music, this is a no brainer. However, rather than putting on the latest pop or country hits, I’m focusing more on instrumental music. I pop my headphones in while I’m working at the computer and turn on the classical or piano music to get work done. I can’t listen to music with lyrics while I’m trying to be mentally productive because my mind automatically goes to the music and not the task at hand. I save the show tunes (and other genres) for things like walking, driving, and cleaning. Just listening to the instrumental music this morning helped make working more enjoyable. Classical music is supposed to develop the brain too, so added bonus there.
Get back in the groove– My main goal this month is to get my habits back in check. As I mentioned, I’ve been on the struggle bus hardcore, and it’s time I got off. I’m going to start getting a bit more physical, even if it means doing a workout that might irritate the people in the apartment below us. The cold weather just weighs me down and in Japan I don’t have a gym option. I’m also going to be more diet conscious and spend the extra money on some healthy produce and make sure I eat it daily. I wrote a post about my Top 10 Habits for Weight Loss Success not too long ago and it served as a great reminder and motivator to myself that I’ve got this, I just need to apply the principles I already know will work. Time to get back on track.
Spoil myself a little– Going with the love theme of February, I’m going to make an extra effort to just love myself a bit more. I bought myself a Midori Travelers Notebook (they’re quite affordable in Japan) to give me a place to brain dump and “play.” Other things I’m going to put under this category is getting back into better sleep habits, treating myself to at home facials and luxurious hot showers (rather than a quick one) a little more often, and maybe even figuring out how to get my hands on something like what is on my Valentine’s Day gift guide, only whatever the Japanese versions might be (if you have any suggestions, let me know!).
Overall, I just want to have a more positive and happy outlook on life’s current situation. As a generally happy person, it really bums me out to be feeling so down lately. Time to pick myself up and have a happy month.
What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments below!