On keeping to resolutions

This is going to be a quick one.

Resolutions are easy to make, hard to keep. They demand routine, planning, focus, prioritization. None of those are my strong suits, unfortunately. And so, when I recently did a quick tracking of the resolutions I had made earlier this year, I found myself falling short on ALL of them. Let’s start from the top:

  1. Reading: With a goal of 3 books a month (fairly achievable), I’m 1 book behind schedule. I’m a bit bummed, because I thought I’d set myself an easy target here. However, this did net me a treasure trove of reading gems these last 6 months – and I’m pumping up the momentum on this one now! My top picks from my list this year:  A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman; The Vegetarian by Han Kang (disturbing disturbing disturbing!); Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. You can see the rest of my list here.
  2. Exercising: After lazing around the whole of last year, I decided to finally get off my ass and get it back into a gym. While this went swimmingly for the first quarter of the year, the extended holidays and travel in the second threw me off-balance, and back into my default state of inertia. While there have been occasional bursts of activity: weekend hiking; Saturday morning parkruns, etc, I’m nowhere back to being as fit as I was earlier this year. Getting back to that this month, makes me feel hopeful for the remaining months of this year though. My motivation? Discovery Vitality – I’m only a 1000 points away from my next level, and I think I can get there in the next two weeks!

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    Weekend Hiking nets beautiful sights like this one: these are only two of four giraffes which surrounded us on one of our weekend adventures

  3. Writing: Writing was a late addition to my resolutions, but I was still so excited to get back to this! I wrote a bunch earlier this year – even utilising time in commutes and air-travel, which did lead to a distinct travel theme, but eh – and then of course, stagnated! And there’s SO MUCH to write about. I have some more food-related things to warble about; some more work-related events to rant about. In the meantime, this is me bringing back the writing-fu, so expect some more here.

Some other add-on resolutions that I revisit on-and-off? Food habits (I’ve tried quitting carbs atleast TWICE this year, and failed both times. Now I’m resolutely starting again, from today!); Cooking at home more, which means I cook meals atleast 4 times a week, which I now want to increase to 6 times; and DIY home stuff – earlier in the year, I tried to build my own canvas frames, and failed. I recently tried another home project that I was successful at though, and this has motivated me to keep finding fresh projects.

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Success is in seeing a project through to completion! A sudden whim lead to a trip to Builders Warehouse, and armed with chalkpaint and brushes, I embarked on this journey of transforming this raw-wood bedside pedestal to a some-what distressed painted beauty. 

With this ‘quick’ status update, I want to kick this off again. Expect more detailed, thought-through stuff in the near future.

 

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