Today I am going to be revisiting my 2016 intentions. It’s time to reread what I wanted to achieve this year, so I can continue to work on them for the rest of 2016.
Is it just me or is anyone else freaked out by the fact that 2016 is already half over? I cannot comprehend the fact that it’s almost July.
I feel like it was New Year’s Eve just yesterday when I stuffed my face full of amazing Indian food and didn’t even make it to midnight.
Since the year is halfway done I figured I would look back on my 2016 intentions to see how I’m doing so far.
1. Leave the past in the past
This is something I’ve struggled with my whole entire life. I have a hard time moving past things that have hurt me. I keep them in my mind, which only causes me more pain.
I’m getting better at leaving the past in the past, though. I think this one will always be a work in progress. This is something I will have to work on my whole life.
2. Breathe more fresh air
I think I’m doing fairly well on this one. I’ve climbed many mountains, I’ve completed a 10 km race and I’ve spent my days off outside. I drive with my windows open and every day I open the windows in my home.
I want to continue to climb mountains, to hike and to see what British Columbia has to offer outside this summer.
3. Detox from the digital world
This one seems to be failing …. as I sit here typing on my laptop. I work five days a week on a computer, then I come home and watch TV or Youtube to relax and unwind. It seems to me most of my life is in front of a screen.
Even though it seems to be failing, I am trying to detox from the digital world. On my days off, I usually sit outside and read my book for hours. When I hang out with friends, I try to not check my phone. Even last night I spent the night with some friends and we had great conversations, played bocce ball and walked around Kelowna. It was an amazing evening without any distractions.
4. Realize social media isn’t real life
This is also one I struggle with nearly every day. I know social media isn’t real life, but since I’m trying to make this blog something that could benefit my future, I am always thinking about numbers.
I just want to learn to appreciate what I have in life and not focus on what I could have or should have. Comparing myself to others on social media is just stupid.
5. Listen more
Listening instead of talking is something I love doing. Maybe it’s because I’m a journalist and I love to ask people questions and hear their replies, or maybe it’s because I hate my own voice.
Something I’ve been trying to work really hard on this year is showing my friends I am there to listen to them. I want to be the person my friends trust and feel comfortable coming to.
6. Eat better
This is a big one.
This year I became a vegetarian for the 100th time in my life. But, this time, it’s different. This time, it’s stuck and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever go back to eating meat.
The previous times I was a vegetarian I didn’t think of my diet properly. I just cut out meat but never thought how to replace the meat with other nourishing foods.
This time, I’ve spent time researching what my body needs, what my mind needs and I’ve been spending hours finding fun recipes.
My favourites have been cauliflower wings, a beautiful kale caesar salad (blog post coming soon on that) and spinach and feta omelettes.
7. Educate yourself
This year I wanted to learn a new skill. I wanted to grow my knowledge in something and I feel like I’ve done that.
In 2016 I learned how to run. Like really run… Never in my mind did I think I would run a 10 km race, but I did and it has been a highlight of my year so far.
In 2016 I learned a lot about friendships. I’ve learned that not all friendships are meant to last and not all friendships will stay the same forever. I’m just learning now how to accept both of those things and appreciate what the friendships meant to me during the time they were flourishing.
In 2016 I learned how to cook. I look spending my evenings cooking a really good meal. When I’m in the mood I will blast my music, dance around my kitchen and create delicious meals for myself to enjoy.
8. Get rid of the negativity in your life
Again, this is and will always be a work in progress type of intention. I don’t think anyone will be able to completely get rid of negativity, it’s just how you handle it.
I’m trying to figure that one out right now.
9. Listen to more music
I have killed this one. This year has been the year of music for me. I’ve been shown so many amazing artists that my music library has a completely different vibe.
Some of my favourites include:
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
I also got to see City and Colour live for the very first time. I swooooooned so hard at Dallas Green. He’s a Canadian god. I hope I can go to more concerts this year.
10. Dance more
Like I’ve said, I enjoy to dance in my kitchen sometimes. Whenever I listen to music now, my toes are tapping, my shoulders are moving and I don’t even care. I let the music make me move.
I’ve also had so many fun nights out dancing. One of my favourites was when I was in Ontario at a family wedding. Lori and I spent the whole night on the dance floor together. It was for sure one of my favourite memories from my Ontario trip.
A lot of my 2016 intentions have been ‘work in progress’ type of intentions, which is completely fine. I’m just glad I went over them because it has reassured me that I am working towards them and towards bettering myself this year and every day.
Your life only gets better when you do. Work on yourself and the rest will follow.