It’s been a whirlwind of a ride with the first few months of 2020 under our belt. Just because we’re locked in at home doesn’t mean we can’t realign our resolutions! In this post, I sit down and talk to you about how I did in the first quarter (January, February and March) when it came to my goals in the creativity, financial, fitness and intellectual realms
First Quarter ✅
Call it really wanting to establish good habits (or the fact I have a lot of free time on my hands now), but I decided to revive these quarterly resolutions recaps for 2020. These were something I was vastly successful with in the past and felt they kept me on track to achieve my goals, kept me accountable throughout the year and avoided me falling off the bandwagon.
The months of January, February and March were nothing short of a rollercoaster ride: Life is insanely different from the start of the year to now, with the COVID-19 pandemic rearing the peak in the United States. Admittedly, it’s been really difficult to balance all the thoughts in my head and make peace of it all, but if there’s one positive to come out of this is my passion to create content and make time for those important to me.
When it comes to fine-tuning these resolutions, I’m not quite sure what direction to head in. We can count the month of April as a wash, since social distancing efforts will be effective until at least the end of the month and midway through May in New York State.
Here’s how my first quarter went:
If there’s one good thing to come out of this weird period, it’s that I’ve been able to find my passion in creating content again and invest the time to really make it flourish. And by that logic, I think we can finally say that the Creativity resolutions were a success in the first quarter (🎉)!
I knew that once I came back home from my trip to Greece, I would be excited to share my travels and would be chomping at the bit to create something to share with the world. I never imagined that I would get as inspired as I did and want to roll with a bunch of new ideas for not only this website, but also for my Youtube channel. I grabbed my camera, sat down and filmed a sincere video about some life lessons that I was taught and it made me so genuinely excited to a) book further trips to discover more about myself and b) get back to my creative roots.
And then, COVD-19 hit.
The impact of the world coming to an almost complete standstill has been incredibly overwhelming, for all of us. I’m very fortunate to say that I am able to work from home, but it still doesn’t take away the thought that no one knows when this will all end. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world, and distractions are pretty vital right now. I don’t know about you, but I’m so sick and tired of reading, seeing and talking about this virus that I’ll take any invitation to distract myself, even if that means watching a documentary about a gun-slingin’ gay hillbilly in Oklahoma who has some big cats…
However, I want to be much more productive than watching the unfolding feud of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskins. There is no time better than right now to not only document this part of history, but to also get back to something I was once so passionate about. This website has been many things in the course of its life (s/o to the originals from the Things I’ll Never Say days 🙏🏼), and I want this to continue to be a living, breathing thing that grows with me.
My 2nd quarter goals are:
- Continue to create content across both platforms
Sitting in in the house all day really has me re-thinking a lot about my financial situations I’ve gotten myself into. In the past, this has always been one of my better resolutions, but recently, I’ve noticed a lot about my spending habits.
Being transparent, I have a decent amount of credit card debt that at times can be very overwhelming. It’s manageable for the time being, but eventually I feel that it’s going to get to the point of suffocating. Which is why I looked into consolidating my current debt with a personal loan, but unfortunately since I still live at home, don’t own property, lease my car and don’t have anything to give the underwriter, it wasn’t possible at the moment. It was a bit of a sucker punch to learn that you’re not eligible to apply for a way to help yourself financially, but it just means I have to be more resourceful with my money or do more research on how to better my situation.
When it came to paying off the smaller balances, I was successful in paying off those lingering balances and stow them away for a rainy day. I’m still working at chipping away those smaller balances, but truthfully don’t have a mapped out game-plan established, which is one of my second quarter goals.
Since we’re being forced to stay in place, you’d think that realistically I wouldn’t be spending money, but hi online shopping and me spilling an entire cup of coffee on my laptop while working from home that ended up costing me over $1,100. (Ouch). Seeing a lot of my people struggle, it’s giving me a fresh perspective on changing my habits.
My 2nd quarter goals are:
- Establish a budget to chip away at smaller credit card balances, then turn focus onto higher interest rated cards
- Continue to stow away money for future trips
It’s really hard to assess how much progress one makes physically when the gym’s been shut down for over a month. And I don’t know about you, but with being home 24/7, I’ve been making a lot more trips to the kitchen and not for the healthy stuff…
The first two months were dedicated to me being in the gym daily and logging meals, feeling really great about my progress made.
And then COVID-19 happened, and my local gym closed.
My relationship with the gym is something that has blossomed into something truly beneficial over time: It was a place that I could leave my problems at the door, dedicate an hour to better myself and leave feeling accomplished. With gyms closing, I quickly discovered that home workouts aren’t for me because I haven’t figured out that translation of obedient behavior I brought daily to the gym to the idea of working out overall, which is a major focal point in the second quarter.
In quarantine, I have sat down every Monday with the intention of creating a workout split for the week, starting strong to only fall off the wagon by Tuesday. I hate making excuses, but being forced to do a lot of things in one area (my bedroom) has been difficult on my brain, since, I had made my bedroom an area of disconnect from work/gym/personal life for so long. It’s forcing me into re-learning attitudes and habits so I can be more adaptable in the future.
However, there is one positive to come out of this: my new-found appreciation for yoga. Like most of the world, I haven’t been in a great place mentally with the uncertainty of everything. When life gets overwhelming, I like to meditate and I have recently combined yoga with mindfulness to help combat these uncertainties. It’s also helped with my flexibility and overall wellness.
My 2nd quarter goals are:
- Re-establish and relationship with working out
We’re going to be locked away for a while, how will you spend your abundance of time? Will you learn something new, or fall down the rabbit hole of TikToks until 3 am like I have for the past week and a half…
I’ve always been an advocate for learning new things and not much has changed since being in quarantine. I’ve still continued to teach myself a language, switching back over to Czech on Duolingo. I have no intentions of returning to the Czech Republic, but it keeps my brain sharp, it’s not a waste of time on my phone since it’s teaching me something, and it’s a pretty good party trick.
I fell off the wagon with my reading challenge in the first quarter, struggling to get through five books. I had all intentions of chipping away at the challenge with some books while traveling on my flights to Greece, but for once I actually slept on a plane! The goal was six, but with libraries being closed, it’s forced me to settle for e-books, which is something I’ve always struggled with. I’m #TeamPhysicalBook and have found it difficult to force myself to read nightly while trying to limit my screen time.
As for those online courses, I think at this point they’re just placeholders in my resolutions. Eventually I’ll get to them….
My 2nd quarter goals are:
- Re-learn behaviors and learn how to be adaptable
- Continue teaching self Czech on Duolingo
- Read a collective total of 13 books
🎥 2020 Q1 Resolutions Tune-Up video 🎥