2015 Revisited // Hello 2016

10:17 PM

In the beginning of every year, I try to set some new goals for myself. BUT before I can go about creating new goals for myself, I just wanted to take the time to reflect on the goals I had last year in 2015. You can check out the full blog post on 2015 goals [HERE]. So let's get started!

Me reflecting on 2015 while wearing my Umaru-chan hood.

My three goals for 2015 were:
1.) Drink more water
2.) Give myself more compliments
3.) Work on resolving my mental health issues

Let's start with the positives! I succeeded in 2 out of 3 of my 2015 new years resolutions!

With confidence, I can say that I have challenged myself to drink more water and succeeded! I brought along a reusable water bottle with me wherever I went. (Please do NOT buy plastic water bottles. It's bad for the environment! Get your own BPA free water bottle and fill up your own water.) Soon, drinking water no longer seemed to be a challenge for me. In the past, I had dehydration related headaches. Ever since I started drinking more water, most of my headaches went away!

Next, I can say with confidence that have succeeded in working to resolve my mental health issues. I have mentioned my depression multiple times on this blog. Now, I don't feel afraid of sharing my struggles with mental health! I think I have posted more about depression and mental health on this blog in 2015 than I have ever in my entire life! I think with age comes a level of maturity to express my emotions instead of hiding away from them.

What am I left with? Well, I didn't give myself more compliments as the year went by. If anything, I have felt insecure and inadequate many times. I still struggle with my self esteem, but that's okay! Now that I have acknowledged my deficiencies, I know what to work on in the coming year!


My three goals for 2016 are:
1.) Work on my self esteem and confidence

Like I mentioned before, I really need to work on my self esteem and confidence. Instead of undermining and self criticizing myself, I need to work hard on focusing on the positives. This is going to be challenging for me because I'm so used to being a "Negative Nancy".  I'm a glass half empty, pessimistic type of person. I'm quick to jump the gun and think about all the things that can go wrong. I seriously don't like that about myself, so I'm going to step up and try to work on it. I'm going to try and become more positive and less stressed. 

Also I'm going to work on my personal body image issues. I hate the way that I look sometimes. I'm going to work on accepting my imperfections. Of course, I may never fully come to accept myself but trying is better than not doing anything at all.

2.) Be vegetarian for the entire year

I have been practicing a vegetarian diet since November! (I know during Thanksgiving time! Crazy, I know.) I'm just going to come out and say it. I never had a healthy relationship with food. I've struggled with disordered eating. I've binged and purged myself many times. As a female, I know that I'm not the only one who has had a struggle with food. However, with a vegetarian diet, I have never felt so structured and in control of my eating habits in my life!

It has been stressful at times, but so far, I've seen significant improvements in my mental health and well being! My goal for 2016 is to follow a vegetarian lifestyle for as long as I can!

3.) Become more academic / spend more time studying

I haven't been the best student. Sure, I've gotten good grades and have an average GPA. However, I don't invest the time I should into my personal studies. My first semester at University was not challenging because I did not challenge myself. I did the bare minimum and expected the maximum. Life just does not work that way. I need to get more serious with my school work and become a better student. In 2016, I'm not going to just waft through. I need to put in more effort! 

So these are my three goals for 2016! I can't wait to reflect back on this list in 2017. I wonder if I will be able to achieve everything on this list. I guess only time will tell.

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