New Year, (Re)New(ed) Endeavors

So it’s February and motivation for accomplishing my goals for 2019 is still high… I’ve practiced daily yoga and meditation since January 1st; I’ve been trying to eat better, though I’m not really dieting; I read the complete short stories of Ernest Hemingway in January and have started reading select Beat authors, three books by Kerouac being next on my list; and I’ve been working out 3-5 times per week for several months without fail. I even added to my home gym with the purchase of a Concept 2 rower; so that covers the “swole” part of my goals.

“Here are my goals for 2019… eat better, sleep more, read more, get swole. Let’s see how this pans out in a year. (I’m already an hour past my bedtime.)”

11:04 PM – 10 Jan 2019 – via Twitter

I do need to start spending more time focusing on quality sleep though. I should probably try to treat sleep just like a workout or how I’m practicing daily yoga and meditation—adding it to my daily scheduled routine. Sleep is tough because of teaching. When I get home from the University, I’m tired and haven’t really unwound. So it takes me another 30-45 minutes before I can go to bed and fall asleep. That means I’m not getting to sleep until at least 11 or 11:30 in the late evening two nights a week.

Last December I started taking guitar lessons. It’s been pretty good so far. I’ve learned a lot and I’m augmenting my guitar lessons with online music theory classes I purchased from Udemy. I’ve always wanted to play guitar, but never made time for it. Now, I’m making the time and putting in the effort. I think I’ve had about eight lessons so far and I can already play several songs and I’m just now starting with chords. In middle December, I’ll decide if I’m going to stick with it.

I also want to continue traveling and even added a travel section to my blog. I have a trip to Guatemala coming up, over spring break. I’m pretty excited about it. That’s about it; I’ll post something in a couple months or if my daily yoga and meditation streak comes to an end. My last streak was just shy of six months. Let’s see how far I can go with this one…