By Holly Trusiak
Happy new year, everyone! I am so happy to be in the new year and my favorite thing to do at the start of the year is set goals to help me create a framework for what I will be working toward.
We all know and hear the jokes about breaking new year’s resolutions or failing to achieve what we set out to do. I teach my journalism students that a goal without action is just a dream. I want to help you create some pathways to reach your goals by sharing some of my favorite resources. I will be addressing some common goals that a lot of us may have, such as eating healthier, starting a journal, learning something new, or saving money.
When I am looking for ways to take action on something new, I always do some research first. My favorite ways to do this are classics: search the internet or visit the library.
Eating healthy gets a bad rap for being complicated and expensive, but that doesn’t have be to the case! Check out a few of my favorite YouTube channels for inspiration to eat healthy and affordably.
If you want to go vegan, Caitlin Shoemaker is the queen of simple, affordable vegan recipes.
Her YouTube channel is called From My Bowl and you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0cxMY7jZ_kiE2bvykJffZA
Another great channel is Cheap Lazy Vegan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjkioV3LO_OIUaSWRxFZ3A
Fit Couple Cooks is a source of inspiration for staying fit and eating healthy for all diets: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCawxenzFyo_0rzpzejVHK1w
And Mind Over Munch offers up meal prep ideas of different budgets and dietary needs:
Starting a journaling practice can be intimidating, but it is a very valuable therapeutic practice because there is something so powerful about getting your worries, fears, dreams and experiences down on paper. If you’re new or your lapsed in your journal practice, start by designating a time each day or week that you will sit down and write. I usually journal before I go to sleep because it helps me let go of the day and helps my mind quiet down for rest.
I love this video on 10 Reasons Why You Need to Start Journaling Now https://youtu.be/oxZKihgx_Ps
If you’re all set to start journaling but are stumped about what to write, this video provides 30 prompts for self-discovery. I love how Lavendaire starts her video, she said “there are no rules!” And it’s so true!
Learning Something New!
Yes, admittedly this is a broad category, but I believe it is important to keep learning to keep our minds sharp and keep us interested in our own lives! And this is where the true beauty of the internet lies: You can learn pretty much anything you want to know on the internet!
Let’s say you want to start learning how to meditate. Here are some great meditations:
1 Minute Meditation: we all have one minute to take a pause and if you have struggled to start a meditation practice in the pat, this is a good way to begin again.
Or you want to learn how to paint watercolor:
As a San Diegan, I am ALWAYS looking for ways to save money. Sometimes I get lazy about it and my bank account lets me know it. An old adage we all know is that the quickest way to save money is to spend less of what you already have. However, one sticking point for me on saving money is where to go to buy affordable products that are quality and affordable food that is healthy. Here are some of my discoveries for affordable shopping in San Diego:
I found Daiso last year and it is amazing. Most products are $1.50 and in my opinion higher quality than a typical dollar store (but, hey, what do I know?) and what I like most about the store is that they have an extensive kitchen/home section with really nice items and a pretty great stationary/art supply section.
We have two here in San Diego. Take a look at this Daiso tour on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gaqPyrhENEM and then hot foot it over there.
Grocery Outlet is a serious hidden gem in San Diego, it has everything you can imagine and it never disappoints when it comes to supplying some off the wall items. Since it is a bargain grocery store the items are constantly changing, but if you are imaginative and flexible with what you buy it can be a great place to snap up good deals. It even has a health food section where you can get items that are somewhat difficult to find and usually pricey, such as almond flour, tahini and spirulina powder. You know, the ingredients you will need for all those healthy recipes you will be whipping up this year. There are approximately eight locations around San Diego.
I have only covered three of the most common resolutions and goals that people tend to set. However, the basic recipe is to take action toward your goal and set aside time each day or each week for that goal. Make this time non-negotiable, meaning you are serious and dedicated to this time to start these new habits in your life.
If you are still looking for a goal or resolution, think of something that may improve your life or the lives of others. Spending more time with your loved ones is a great thing to dedicate your time and effort to each week. Also consider ways to improve the area you live in by volunteering with local charities or organizations. Find something you are passionate about and put your love and energy toward that all year long and you will feel that you have accomplished something wonderful.
About Holly Trusiak
Holly is a marketer, writer and teacher by trade, she and aims to bring compassion, joy and a lot of laughter to everyone she meets and works with. Holly wants to help everybody reap the benefits of yoga and wellness. Read more of her articles by visiting Ranger Holly.