Since it’s suddenly mid-January (did anyone else have their fingers crossed that we’d get a snow day today? Come on, DC, it’s about time!), I figured it’s about time I share an update on the goals I posted about at the beginning of the month. I always love hearing about how other people’s plans/resolutions are going, because when they’re going well, it’s super inspiring (and when they’re not, it just proves that we’re all human!). Here’s how things are looking for me since we last checked in…
1) Find a meaningful volunteer opportunity. I would love to find a way to give back within the greater DC community while also expanding my social circle in the process. I have a few places in mind, but I’m still kind of getting into a groove with my new job and want to get a better sense of how much extra time I’ll have before I commit. I would love to work with an organization that supports women/families (animals are cute but not so much my expertise! Haha) and am excited to hopefully be a part of something meaningful in the new year.
Update: I’m pleased to report that I was able to sign up for a volunteer opportunity that I enjoyed from this past fall (handing out meals on a mobile food truck that goes around DC) but I couldn’t get a slot until March! (Which I guess is technically a good thing, since it means a lot of people want to help out, but it’s a long way to wait!). However, I’m excited for my shift since I had such a positive experience working with this organization (Martha’s Table) before. It was so gratifying to see how appreciative recipients were when they picked up a warm meal (the food they receive is made from scratch and smells delicious!). The stops that the truck makes are in two highly-trafficked downtown areas in DC, which I think makes the experience all the more powerful, as volunteers are truly interacting with individuals right in their own backyard, as opposed to in an area of the city that seems completely foreign (though that can be an equally wonderful, eye-opening experience!).
2) Get back into reading. Ugh, kicking myself for being such a bad reader this fall. But cold evenings + lots of new books on my shelf = the perfect motivation to get back into a rhythm. Plus, I really like plowing through books so that I can review them on the blog for you guys! My book posts are always favorites and it’s so fun to hear what other people are enjoying.
Update: I’ve been able to do a bit of reading and have been so happy about it! I started (and finished) an amazing book last weekend–highly recommend if you like psychological thrillers–and honestly looked forward to picking it up again every time I had to set it down (I ended up finishing it in about a day, it was that addictive). I’m hoping to cross some more books off my list soon, but I think it’ll take me awhile to get back into my “reading obsessed” phase that lasted most of last year.
3) Try a dry-ish January/month. I was talking to another blogger about this and we both agreed it’s so hard to try to set this type of goal when we’re also both dating, because it seems like every first date occurs at a bar (and I’m not opposed to that). However, I’d like to make more of an effort to forgo that glass of wine at home or out with friends, because more often than not I just feel tired and headache-y. I actually went out with some friends the other night and ordered one (very watered-down and juice-like) margarita and couldn’t have been happier with my decision, because when it was time to go home I felt energized instead of dehydrated and exhausted!
Update: This one has been going pretty well considering that yes, I have broken it for social events, but no, I haven’t had a SINGLE glass of wine at home alone/after work! I’m really proud of that, to be honest…I had gotten into the habit of reaching for a glass (which I usually couldn’t even finish anyway) while reading or watching tv at night, and as I mentioned awhile back on Insta stories, I haven’t missed this routine at all. Even when I have “gone out,” I haven’t had more than two drinks…I’m just not feeling it! It’ll be interesting to see whether/how I keep this routine up in the coming weeks and months, and I’ll be sure to share.
How are your January goals going? It sounds like a lot of people have been trying dry January (and haven’t broken it at all, haha). If you have any advice regarding anything I’ve shared above, I’d love to hear!