New year, same me….but with some improvements. I love the oncoming of a New Year. It allows me to reflect on the year passed and focus on the year to come. What would I have done differently? What can I be better at? However, this year is going to be very different for me. Instead of rolling into another year as a nursing student, I am beginning a new year as a new graduate nurse. Therefore, my goals are simple and to the point. Things that can be applied day-to-day but also during my clinical shifts.
WAKE UP AT MY FIRST ALARM
I have been awful since finishing nursing school, snoozing my alarm for thirty minutes then waking up groggy. This year I will wake up when scheduled at the first alarm.
READ MORE BOOKS AND WATCH LESS TV
Once I finished school, I binge watched shows on Netflix, something I was unable to do for years because of my studying. Now, I plan on switching my nursing books for classic books. The goal is to watch only an episode of TV a day.
PRACTICE MY SPANISH
I plan to use Duolingo to brush up on my Spanish for at least twenty minutes a day. Spanish is such a prominent language amongst patients. Even knowing a little bit can go a long way!
EAT CLEAN DURING THE WEEK
Ian and I always meal prep during the week. We treat the weekends as fair game. We go out to eat, we eat bagels and pizza, and enjoy our weekends. However during the week, we maintain a strict diet. Prepped proteins with veggies for lunch and dinner. We plan to maintain this during 2018.
During nursing school, exercising got put on the back burner. My goal is to exercise at least four times a week. Two Orange Theory classes a week, one yoga class, and my own runs on the beach. I truly feel a rush of endorphins and energy post exercise. It motivates me to be a better person and do more with my day. Therefore, even as a new graduate RN, my exercise needs to take priority.