Believing in 2019 (Feat. New Blog Name!)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy 2019, friends. While I can guarantee this is not the first New Year's blog post you've seen, so what, I'm doing it anyway, because New Year's is the best. As much as I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, I think New Year's is actually my favorite holiday.

Think about it.

1. You can celebrate NYE any way you want and it's acceptable. Going out or staying in; being with friends, family, or just hanging out solo. It's a holiday that's pretty much all about you and what you want, so ring it in whatever way is most comfortable for you and no one's judging.

2. Everyone seems to be in agreement that New Year's Day is a national day off and should be spent relaxing in bed doing as little as possible. I love it.

3. It's the most motivating time of the year, right? A fresh start for everybody. The nudge we need to set goals and work toward them.

Speaking of which, there's already been a lot of change happening. You may notice that I have a new blog name (!!). My old name had been bugging me for a while, and I decided in November that I was definitely going to change it. The things I write mean a lot to me, and I didn't want such a silly name anymore; I wanted something that could be taken a bit more seriously.

So here we are: nicole in real life.

It was inspired by the show "You," in which one of the characters has it as her email address, with her name of course. When I heard it, I half-jokingly said, "Hey, that'd make a pretty cool blog name." Then I realized I actually really liked that idea. It was kind of impulsive, but it works.

It's ironic that a page I have online would be referred to as "real life," but that's the point. What people post on the Internet isn't always an accurate representation of their life. This page is different. This page is my real life, posted online. I talk about the hard stuff just as much as the good stuff.

All of the content here is staying the same, just with a fresher face. I'm excited to see where this site goes this year.

Monthly goals

January is off to a very ambitious start. While I've set a lot of goals for this month alone, they're still simple and manageable. I'm participating in four different "challenges" for January:

1. Adriene's "Dedicate" 30-day yoga journey. This is my third year doing one of these. If you're curious about yoga, I encourage you to join in. It's not too late, and you don't have to do them every day. Make your way through at your own pace. What I love most about the way Adriene teaches yoga is that she keeps the focus on you. On us.

2. A 29-day mental cleanse challenge. I came across this on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to start off the year, focusing on self-care and giving myself a mental reset.

3. Cassey's 30-day 100 Ab Challenge. One ab workout, 100 reps, every day. It can be difficult, but at the same time, it's only 5-10 minutes out of my day, so why not?

4. My gym instructor's 31-day squat challenge. The goal is 50 squats every day. Again, it's not always something I'm looking forward to, but it only takes a few minutes. So far, so good.

Yearly goals / Word of the year

Last year, instead of making resolutions, I picked a word for the year. A single word to encompass my big-picture goal for the following 12 months. For 2018, it was release.

This year, my word is believe.

It's simple. By definition, to trust, to have confidence, to accept.

Believing that everyone is doing their best, that their intentions are good. Less frustration, more understanding. Believing in others. Supporting them, rooting for them, helping them.

Believing in myself. Believing I can be whoever and whatever I want to be. That who and what I am right now is enough.

Believing that everything will be okay. That everything already is okay.

Believing that everything is as it should be and that there are only better things to come. Nothing is out of reach.

In no particular order, here are a few other things I hope to accomplish this year:

  • Establish a better nightly routine so I stop falling asleep on the couch with my contacts in so often.
  • Complete the home projects we've been talking about doing.
  • Read 40 books.
  • Get more on top of blog posts again.
  • Hang out with my friends more often.
  • Learn to play piano.

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