Resolutions: 2017 Edition

2017 New Years Resolutions

CO-OP WORK GOAL: Work in another country, or a different province.
Steps I need to take: Actively seek jobs outside Ontario and BC, whether they are on the UW job search database or not.
Quote that motivates me: Good things come to those who go out and earn it. 

BEING-AN-ADULT GOAL: Spend 5 minutes each day (time it!) to clean the room. Make bed in the morning.

Steps I need to take: Just do it! It’s worth the clean room.
Quote that motivates me: Motivation comes after you clean. Don’t start with motivation – start with doing.
What I will do to celebrate: Buy a new bedside lamp?

FINANCIAL GOAL: Spend $650/month maximum.
Steps I need to take: Try to limit meals eaten out, purchasing no-name brand items instead of expensive branded items.
Quote that motivates me: Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

HEALTH GOAL: Go to bed at give/take 11:30 each night. Establish an 11:30 to 7:00 schedule.
Steps I need to take: Finish all my things before bed and do not spend too much time reading online or doing useless things on the Internet.
Quote that motivates me: Success isn’t about waking up early or going to sleep late. It’s about being productive while you’re awake.

FOOD GOAL: Make Iowa Girl Eats’ Senegalese Soup, Caramelized Leek and Garlic Mushroom Rice (yum) and black bean burgers.

Steps I need to take: Buy ingredients and just make them! Plan ahead so I have enough time to do so.
What I will do to celebrate: Eat the yumminess.

YOGA and AERIAL SILKS GOAL: Full middle splits, perform in the showcase on Feb. 24 and other showcases in Toronto, learn the windmill, and have solid handstands.

Steps I need to take: Stretch for ~1 hour daily. Practice aerial silks 3-5 times a week and do core work/handstand prep in free time in the evenings.
Quote that motivates me: Aim for progress, not perfection. As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential. Negative minds don’t give positive lives.

ACADEMIC GOAL: In the summer term, achieve a 95% average.

Steps I need to take: Rewrite notes after each class, and keep my binder organized. Review daily. Make sure I have a solid understanding of key topics. Review with friends and use whiteboards.
Quote that motivates me: Don’t stop until you’re proud. The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
What I will do to celebrate: Shop at Write Stuff for new pens!

HAPPINESS and SELF-CARE GOAL: Take better care of my body.

Steps I need to take: Drink more water, moisturize my skin, exfoliate my feet, and floss!
Quote that motivates me: Floss is like toilet paper. The roll should not last 6 months.
What I will do to celebrate: Use my Body Shop card to buy more lotions and yummy-scented creams

FITNESS GOAL: Do cardio 3-5 times a week, whether it’s a short run in the sun or a quick bike at the school gym.

Steps I need to take: Take spin classes instead of yoga classes when I’m on campus.
Quote that motivates me: The best project you’ll ever work on is YOU.

RANDOM GOAL: Keep journalling every night!

16 Resolutions for 2016

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  1. Keep a mug of hot water or tea on my desk so I can take little sips as I go about studying. Or, more likely, looking at Buzzfeed. I’m great about eating BEFORE I get hungry so I don’t overeat because I’m starving (well… most of the time), so why not do the same with good old H2O? This year, I want to drink water BEFORE I get super thirsty and dehydrated.
  2. Get at least 50 minutes of go-all-out exercise every day. Buy a shoe tag and go to regular classes. Try something completely new, like ballet classes or aerial yoga.
  3. Keep a “finance journal” in my planner and record the money I spend on everything from laundry to groceries so I can be more responsible about money 🙂
  4. Become a certified yoga instructor! Make some friends with similar interests and get to know all kinds of different people.
  5. Aim for an 11:30 bedtime every night, so there’s a little wiggle room but I’ll always get to bed by midnight. Sometimes studying (and distractions like blogging, Facebook, and Buzzfeed!) push my bedtime to 12:30 or later, even though I never go to bed past 1:00. Still, that’s too late – especially because I will have 8:30 AM classes a couple times a week in my next semester. I’m hoping to get into a nice 11:30 to 7:30 schedule.
  6. Stand up every 20-30 minutes of studying. When I am super focused, my butt gets glued to a chair and stays there for two – or more! – hours. I know that’s not the best for my body, especially when parts of my legs and feet start to go numb and I feel like an aching 85 year-old when I stand up. I think it would be a good idea to get up a couple times an hour, pace around the house, drink some water, get some dishes done, or even do a couple vinyasas on my mat.
  7. Do a little bit of morning exercise before breakfast. Blogilates has some great exercise videos that focus on major muscle groups (arms, core, legs) as well as whole-body exercises. Her fun cardio routines are my favourite! In 2016, I’m really going to try squeezing a little bit of exercise into my morning schedule.
  8. Do my readings before the lecture. Rewrite my notes after every lecture, and study with friends on a regular basis to review key concepts.
  9. Prepare bag and important things for the next day – the night before!
  10. Become an SLG (student learning group) Leader for Biology
  11. Do research with nutrition professor Heather Keller, and send her my presentation on the Mediterranean diet. Complete 50 hours of volunteer work in her office, entering data for her research project on BMI.
  12. Try volunteering in a different unit at the hospital: Emergency department?
  13. Summer volunteer trip
  14. Go to Toronto with dad
  15. Forgive myself more often. It’s okay if I miss a Super Sculpt class or do badly in yoga one day. It’s not a problem if I have two or three extra scoops of nut butter. It isn’t the end of the world if I buy mushrooms that aren’t organic. I think it’s really important to be nice to myself, and that’s something I haven’t been very good at. In the New Year, I will try my best to be my body’s best friend.
  16. Read a couple books for pleasure. Buzzfeed made a great list recently, a compilation of the bestselling Young Adult novels of 2015. The summaries look fascinating and I’m down for any action novel. The Wrath and The Dawn, Room, and An Ember in the Ashes are three books that I want to check out. I went to Chapters today and found two YA novels that are “Heather’s Choice”, which means it’s a really great staff pick – The Girl on the Train and The Accident Season. I scanned the summaries and the first couple of pages for both books – they look EXCELLENT! Has anyone read any of these books?

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2015 New Year’s Resolutions

How do you guys feel about 2015? I’m excited but kinda nervous. I know that this year will have so many big changes – university, moving out (!), graduating, prom… the list goes on.

Nonetheless, I have a nice long list of resolutions that I hope to accomplish. It always helps me to write down my goals. Did you know that I write down a short checklist of goals every day before I go to bed, for the next day? Things like “eat an orange”, “wash clothes”, and “finish UofT application” really help me stay on track. That way, none of the time gets wasted on Buzzfeed. 😉 I am seriously addicted to that website! Have you checked it out?!

Anyways. Here is my list of New Year’s Rezzies. I decided to make five for each topic: Food, Exercise, School, and Activities. Here we go!

FOOD

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①  Eat more VEGETABLES: eat a salad at least once a week, or have some vegetable soup!  Drink a green smoothie at least twice a week.
②  Control the amount of sugar that I eat. No more drizzles of honey and maple or whatever. Add less sugar to baked goods, and sweeten things up using ripe fruit instead. Try to limit myself to just ONE sweet treat a day (eg. one small bowl of yogurt with toppings, one peanut butter and banana sandwich, etc.)
③  Try new, seasonal vegetables like parsnips and… stuff like that. I have no idea why parsnips popped into my head.
④  Eat LESS! Have several of small meals once a day (4-6). Instead of an omelet with toast and fruit, have JUST an omelet. That way, I can have a muffin later!
⑤  Eat more oatmeal and try more creative pancake recipes.

*** Try to go vegan once a week! This is really hard for me because I practically live off of eggs, yogurt, and cheese. Those will be hard to give up, but really helpful in controlling the amount of saturated fat that I consume.

***** Control the amount of nut butter I eat. Maybe just 1-2 tablespoons (MEASURED) every day?

EXERCISE

① Try to run in the morning at least two or three times per week. It doesn’t matter if it’s just two or three blocks – JUST GET OUT THERE AND RUN.
② Learn to do this move on the aerial silks! Learn to climb the silks all the way to the top.
③ Keep skating once or twice a week just for fun.

SCHOOL

① Raise my average to 96%.
② Don’t procrastinate – do homework right after school (with a snack, of course…)
③ Do Work Experience at school.
④ Do Bio and Chem AP exams.
⑤ Graduate and get into university!

ACTIVITIES

① Pass my driver’s test!
② Help with CSC Frozen ice show.
Travel!
④ Keep posting on my blog once/twice a week.
⑤ Volunteer at ERH for over 75 hours and get the reference letter.

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The green days were the days that I blogged! I only posted once during the summer because I was in Quebec!

I think that’s it for now. 🙂 Thanks for reading the last post of 2014 and I will see y’all next year!