New Year, Better Me
I really hate the phrase "New Year, New You." As I talked about in my resolution post, I'm a bit skeptical about New Year's Resolutions, and one of the reasons I'm so skeptical is that I don't think people realize how difficult making changes really are. It's easier and more attainable (and healthier physically and mentally) to make adjustments rather than trying to completely remake yourself. Trust me, you'll change over time whether you would like to or not. If you want that change to be for the better, it's best to make your goals more long-term and the steps more broad.
I started off my adjustments by not going crazy on New Year's Eve. Traditionally, New Year's Eve isn't a "go crazy, get hammered" holiday for me, or my immediate family. It's always been a fun, casual, relaxing holiday. Upon turning 21, I started going to bars on NYE, and as a result my 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 all started out hungover and miserable. Not this year. I refused. I went out with a sorority sister and her friends (who were awesome!) to 8fifty8 in the West Loop. We pregamed beforehand, with wine and champagne (and hors d'oeuvres) and caught an uber to the venue. One of the incredibly nice guys we were with got us a table, and we were set on alcohol, red bull, and most importantly water, for the night. After two drinks at the venue, I drank several glasses of water until the champagne toast at midnight. I left shortly thereafter (Pure Barre had left me sore and exhausted). I ordered an Uber with an estimated $48 fare (for 1.1 miles) before catching a cab and cancelling the uber. My cab was only $12, and that's including a $2 tip.
When I arrived back at my apartment, I asked my incredibly fun and kind nighttime door lady to unzip my dress part way so I could reach it, and retrieved from her an important package from Amazon Prime Now: two bottles of Pedialyte and three bottles of lemon-lime Gatorade. I got up to my apartment, used the Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes in place of my usual skincare routine, drank half a bottle of water, set my alarm, and passed out by 1 am.
I woke up Friday morning more sore from Pure Barre than hungover. I did have a slight headache and was slightly dehydrated, but a pedialyte and two advil fixed me up enough to trek in the cold to my 11:30 am Flow Yoga class at my usual studio, Yoga Six. The class was packed with Resolutioners eager to start 2016 off on the right foot. It was more deep stretch than flow, and while it catered to the beginners, I appreciated the slower pace and the chance to work on my form. After class, I stopped by Goddess and Grocer for Matzo Ball Soup and half of a sandwich.
Why am I running this down for you? Because it was a lesson to myself about subtle changes. I altered by NYE to include more water (and less alcohol) and committed to a class that I knew I would enjoy at a reasonable time (11:30 am). This subtle change started my entire 2016 off on the right foot. While I didn't get my cleaning/Christmas decoration tear-down/laundry completed, I have time this weekend to finish it up. I had a simultaneously relaxing and productive New Year's Day by altering a few simple plans. I still had a ton of fun on NYE and turned out all the better for it!
Happy New Year!