We made it through the first month of 2019. For some reason, January felt much longer — maybe because of the weather (it’s been utterly frigid in New York City lately), my first Holy Ship! cruise (to celebrate a dear friend’s bachelorette and 31st birthday), or work (which has been … maybe it’s better to avoid the subject altogether).
In spite of all the changes and challenges, I’ve been making progress on my New Year’s resolutions. After committing to some of them for at least 30 days now, I’m happy to report that I’m seeing results, though I know one month isn’t a long time. The goal is not to check off boxes; it’s to actually incorporate routines and habits that will, as a whole, improve my lifestyle.
Here’s a post-mortem on resolutions performance in January:
- Finish that manuscript.
- Haven’t started this resolution yet because of professional commitments. But I will start in April.
- Save at least $10,000.
- By moving to Rego Park, I’ve been saving hundreds on rent and even more by bringing lunch to work instead of eating out. I put $1,000 into my savings account this month.
- Eat more vegetables.
- This definitely happened, thanks to the Instant Pot. Very happy to report that it is worth the money. I bought the Duo Mini (3 qt.), which has pressure cooked/steamed/sautéd food on a daily basis. My biggest revelation has been with fish. Usually cooking in a pan requires constant monitoring of the fish to see if it’s done, flipping it over (at the risk of breaking the flesh), and cleaning the pan (which oftentimes has fish and skin stuck to it). The Instant Pot cuts all these steps out. Amazing!
- Read more books.
- One disadvantage of a long commute on the NYC subway? The NYC subway. An advantage of a long commute on the NYC subway? I have plenty of time to read, and am pretty much guaranteed a seat. This month I read six books, most of which are books written by entrepreneurs. My favorite was Jim Collins’ From Good to Great. I’m looking forward to reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming next.
- Feed your mind.
- I’ve definitely been watching less Netflix and listening to more podcasts/audiobooks. I did watch Roma and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened on Netflix. In terms of podcasts, I’ve enjoyed Harvard Business Review’s IdeaCast.
- I just bought plane tickets to visit friends in Bloomington, Indiana in March. We’ll also be driving down to Kentucky for the weekend.
- Publish more.
- Haven’t submitted anything in January, but will do so this Sunday.
- Learn to code.
- I’m taking an intro to coding course my company offers in its headquarters in London. Taking the course remotely has been a disadvantage, so I’ve been relying heavily on online resources such as Free Code Camp and Code Academy. (Both are excellent.)
2. Learn business fundamentals.
- I’m reading personal finance websites, such as NerdWallet, as well as business news publications. The online course that I mentioned in a previous post has taken a backseat to the coding class. However, I’d like to take Harvard Business School’s CORe program this summer.
3. Ignore the naysayers, gravitate towards the people you want to be.
- I have to admit, this is easier said than done. Admittedly, I’ve found being positive at work to be much more challenging recently. I continue to kickbox twice a week and practice mindfulness.
4. Try new hobbies.
- I’ve truly enjoyed finding new recipes to cook with the Instant Pot, as well as listening to podcasts.
5. Don’t let my current job define me.
- Again, this is easier said than done, especially since I’ve been working since the age of ten and consider what I do to be a part of who I am.
6. Network more.
- I reached out to 10+ people on LinkedIn for informational interviews and attended two networking events (with the Association of Yale Alumni and Kickstarter).
7. Don’t settle.
- The temptation is real. Sometimes I want to chuck my ambition out the window but it is a part of me; without it, I’m nothing.
New habits that I’ve incorporated into my lifestyle:
- Drinking a glass of water with lemon and apple cider vinegar every day.
- Drinking a green smoothie every day.
- Packing my own lunch every day.
- A 7-step Korean Beauty skincare routine.
Here’s to February!