This is my last post about last year 😉 and next year I promise to keep a post like this before the new year!

Last year’s new year’s resolutions were –

– Waking up everyday by 6:00 AM
– Writing every morning and sharing it with the world
– Closing out my night and planning my next day (using the Best Self Journal)

So how did I do?

1/In regard to the first, despite my great start last year, I have been struggling with this one and have not become a morning person… yet.

I love waking up in the morning, but the biggest challenge has been sleep – I lay awake for around two hours before I actually fall asleep (as tracked by Sleep Cycle). I’ve always found it difficult to turn my brain off. While I go to bed at a reasonable hour (early enough to get 8 hours of sleep), I actually fall asleep too late to wake to wake up at 6:00 AM feeling rested. I plan to find a solution this year to falling asleep and received several great recommendations last night I plan to test in the weeks to come (magnesium, calms forte, HTP 5, CBD, etc.). I am determined once again to become an early bird this year!

2/While I didn’t publish every morning, I did write almost every day – 363 of 365 to be exact. There were days I wasn’t sure if I was inspired to keep it going, but I did and I’m glad I did because sharing is caring and I learn a lot through the dialogue I have with you.

3/I closed out the night and planned my next day with the Best Self Journal about half of the days in the year – I was much stronger with this habit in the first half of the year.

I found it most difficult to keep up with the daily planning ritual during times of transition.

I am definitely more my word when I write down what I say I am going to do so this is a really important habit in order to become the leader I aspire to be.

One evolution into 2019 has been writing down the six things I want to accomplish the next day in the journal and focusing on those first before getting to the rest of the list. This tactic is testing my discipline to complete what’s most important and I enjoy the challenge.

While it wasn’t a new years resolution, I am proud of the fact I worked out significantly more in 2018 than 2017. I did yoga 86 times!!! And probably worked out 150+ times. As I measure my success even more diligently this year with the Best Self Journal, I’m excited to have an accurate number for 2019 – I’m already 3 for 3.

I’m still working on getting 1 and 3 right… And hopefully moving #2 to be first thing in the morning eventually – Thanks for baring with the time fluctuations of posts thus far!

As far as 2019, the only new resolutions I’m setting are to smile more and judge less – To the latter, I want to assume the best of intentions from others always. The strong majority of people mean well and even in the few times they don’t, the stress of worrying about it is probably not worth it over the long haul.

If you’re interested in joining me on this mission, feel free to pick up a copy of Inward. Simon White sent it to me over the holidays and I just finished it last night. It’s a short read and has all you need to know to find your inner peace and let your dreams come to you.

Hope your new year’s resolutions are off to a great start!

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