On New Years Eve as I was sitting with my best friend we decided to come up with our words of the year. He came up with the word pampering as he works non-stop and forgets to take care of himself. My word of 2015 is going to be manage.
Why manage? I chose manage for several reasons.
1. I need to manage my time better.
This was a big one as I came up with the word manage. When I get home from work I am usually so DONE that I just lay on the couch the whole night and veg out. Some nights I get home as early as 4:30 why in the world aren't I working out or writing my blogs or reading a book? As exhausted or as drained as I feel I need to force myself to come home and workout, write my blog, do something for myself, do something for work, etc. That's so much lost time!
2. I need to manage my portion sizes
2014 was the year that I made the most positive changes in my life in terms of health and fitness, but unfortunately I am never able to consistently stick to them. When I look at my overall diet the problem that sticks out the most to me is portion sizes. The crap I eat may not be as bad if I ate the proper serving size of it. It's time to pay close attention to portion/serving sizes and force myself to learn and to adapt.
3. I need to manage my stress
Due to the fact that it's my first year being a full time teacher and I'm untenured and teaching a very non-traditional class I have a much higher level of stress than I have had in previous years. I need to get my stress under control and not lean on wine or junk food or mini panic attacks. I want to look into some yoga classes and definitely journal more.
4. I need to manage my finances.
Within a few weeks I will be paying a mortgage, maintenance , cable, electricity, etc. for the first time in my life. While I have been saving a lot of money while living at home, I know that I will need to create and follow a proper budget for the first time.
4. I need to manage my expectations.
I'm turning 30 in 2 weeks and for a while I had panicked about this, a lot. By the time I was 30 I thought I would've been married with children. Obviously that is not the case. However, by the time I turn 30 I will be a home owner. I didn't have any help from my parents, I did this on my own and that's pretty amazing. I also have a job that stresses me out but fills me with love and hope everyday. I have friends that make me smile and make me feel loved constantly. I also have a family that support me every step of the way. I may not be where I thought I would be, but that doesn't mean that I have failed.
So manage will be word of 2015, what will yours be?