The Year of Health


Coming back from Thailand has left me pretty jet lagged and I am SO ready for the weekend!
But I with all the posts I’ve been seeing lately about new year’s resolutions and 2014 goals, I just couldn’t let the week go by without joining in on the party! 😉

(In case you missed it earlier this week, be sure to check out my 2013 recap!)


There’s something I find so exciting about starting a new year.
A clean slate.
An opportunity to start fresh.
365 days filled with possibilities.
(Well 363 now, but who’s counting)

I know that some big things could potentially be in store for us this year.
Possibly buying a house.
Hopefully starting a family.
And no, I’m not currently preggo for those of you wondering…
(Although I do seem to have somewhat of a perpetual food baby thanks to living in Portland/the holidays…ha!)
Hopefully Definitely more travel.
Exciting stuff for sure!

But when it comes down to it,
I recognize that a lot of things that may (or may not) happen this year
Are really (completely) out of my control. And that’s ok.

That being said, I realize that there are many things that I do have control over.
And a big one is how well I take care of myself.
Because I want to be the best possible version of “me” that I can be.
And I want to be as ready as possible for whatever life throws my way.
Plus, starting to seriously consider the possibility of taking care of another human being has made me really think long and hard about how well I’m doing taking care of myself.
And I know there is definitely room for improvement.

I know that a lot of people like to set particular resolutions/goals each year.
While other people like to choose a word or phrase as their focus for the year.
Well I like both of those ideas, so I decided to combine them for this post 😉

So my word for 2014?

Real original, I know.
Yes, I realize that everyone and their dog says they’re going to be healthier this time of year.
But hear me out.

When I say health, I do not mean (just) numbers on a scale.
It’s really about looking at my overall well-being and identifying areas for improvement.
And not just for my physical health either, but for my mental and spiritual health as well.
Lately I feel like I’ve been pretty lazy in doing some of the things I know I should.
Because that’s really what health often boils down to when you think about it.

Not being lazy.

Having the discipline to make the right choices and not just the easy or convenient ones.
Putting in the time and effort to do the things that are good for you in the long run.
Sticking with habits that put a foundation in place so you can be your best.
And most of all, being consistent with those habits.
Because that’s the real challenge.
Sticking with it.


So when I think about 2014, here are the things that I want to do better when it comes to my health…

Physical Health

Get back to Paleo.
But not just for the sake of being “Paleo.” I’m not concerned with a label or doing any sort of stringent Paleo challenge. I just want to eat real food that makes me feel good, and I want to do it often enough to reap the benefits. And in my experience thus far, the principles of the Paleo diet and the foods that I choose to eat when I follow it more closely do just that. I know I’m not going to do Paleo 100%…I’m probably not even going to do it 80% honestly…but I just want to get back to a place where I’m eating less junk and more good stuff.

Eat lunch and drink more water during the day, EVERY DAY.
When we lived in Tahoe, I used to make myself a big salad full of veggies for lunch each day and would drink tons of water. Since moving to Portland, I’ve been really terrible about these two things and often find myself skipping lunch and not drinking water only to be starving/dehydrated by the end of the day, which is dumb. I need to get out of these bad habit and get back on track with the salad/water train.

Get into an exercise routine again.
One of the things I love about living downtown is that I get to walk a lot, however, I miss doing more high-intensity workouts. I want to start weight training again and just making exercise a bigger part of my life in general because I feel so much better when I’m active!

Don’t neglect appointments.
I’m thankful that Cam and I have good health insurance, so I’m really going to try to be better about staying on top of personal maintenance. Aka not waiting until I have one pair of contacts left before making an eye doctor appointment (which I am going to make today, promise!). And this not only goes for things like making dentist and doctor’s appointments, but even just little things like not waiting eight months between getting my hair trimmed. Not that I’ve ever done that…oh wait…

Take better care of my skin.
My skin has always been somewhat problematic/acne-prone. And I’ve tried many different things that haven’t worked. Yet, I also haven’t been as consistent as I should be in sticking to something. So this year, I’m not going to be discouraged by past failures and I’m going to try to really figure out what works for me and then stick with it.

Get more sleep.
I’ve talked about this before, but it’s a problem. I am a night owl by nature, but I can’t keep using that as an excuse. I know that not getting enough sleep is terrible for your health and enough is enough.

Mental Health

Make a concerted effort to stop procrastinating.
This one is huge for me this year. It’s always been my personality to procrastinate because I am the type of person that works well under pressure and somehow always manage to get things done. Yet I know that this is probably one of the things that has the most negative effect on my life and my relationships. Yet it’s not an easy thing to just change. I feel like this post explains it so perfectly. Basically that’s me in a nutshell. So this year, I want to do more of this.

Create better work/life/blog balance.
I don’t know exactly what this looks like yet, but I know that what I did last year is not it.

Get off the computer and get outside EVERY DAY.
There’s no excuse for not doing this, yet often I don’t. But it’s a new year and that’s going to change.
I am going to get off the computer and go outside and walk at least once each day during the week.
And on the weekends, I want to spend more time doing things like hiking, skiing, and taking mini roadtrips and stop wasting so much of my life staring at a computer screen.

Read more. 
During our trip to Thailand, I was able to finish two books and it felt so nice to just have time to read! It’s so relaxing, plus I feel a lot more accomplished when I finish a book vs. when I watch a bunch of makeup tutorials on YouTube or some dumb show on Netflix. Ha.

Stop trying to turn everything into a blog post/Instagram photo.
It’s no secret that I love social media and I’m not planning on stopping this year. Because I do get enjoyment out of sharing/seeing photos on Instagram and I love having this blog to preserve memories and look back on things we’ve done. However, I want to try and rid myself of some of the constant anxiety my generation (and bloggers in particular) seems to have that if something good/cool/fun/cute happens, everyone needs to know about. They don’t. I don’t want to feel pressure to try and document every experience this year because that’s exhausting and really not healthy. Instead, I want to just really try and enjoy things as they happen. I still plan to take photos, blog, and use Instagram plenty this year, but I want to do it because I want to, not because I feel like I have to all the time.

Yes, I’m putting it on here twice because it’s that important.
I know that getting more sleep would not only improve my physical health, but my mental health as well and that I just need to stop making excuses.

Spiritual Health

This is probably the most important area for me this year as I know that big life changes can really test your faith. I think in your twenties, it’s really easy to be complacent in this area and put your spiritual growth at the bottom of the priority list. But I know that just like any other area of health, you need to be disciplined and actually put in the time to see the benefits. And I know that those benefits are far greater than anything else on this list! Here are some of the things I want to do this year…

Find a church here in Portland.
Join a small group or Bible study.
Be intentional with actually taking quiet time each day to read the Bible/do a devotion everyday.
Ask God how can I use my time and talents to help others here in my community.
Pray more, worry less. 

When I look at this list, nothing on here is really that hard.
They’re all relatively small things by themselves, and most don’t take up much time at all.
But it just boils down to actually making the stuff on this list a priority this year and doing it.
Because I know that if I’m consistent over the next twelve months,
these “small” things will (hopefully) have a big impact.

And I’m going to.

So cheers to a happy and healthy 2014!


PS: I’m linking up with Casey Leigh (and a bunch of other great bloggers!) for today’s post!