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Personal Resolutions for 2018

resolutions for a 30 something

Personal Resolutions for 2018

Happy 2018 friends!   If you’re following my blog or Instagram you too might be a 30 something gal a bit wrapped up in the thick of things.   It can be a trying decade of life.   Someone in their 30’s may be trying to get ahead financially, adapt to the exhaustion of parenthood, finance a forever home, or deal with ailing parents.  The 30’s are a time of rapid life changes so I wanted to share some resolutions for a 30 something in collaboration with Nike.

resolutions for a 30 something

Nike is a brand I’ve been wearing since well before I started purposefully exercising 2 decades ago.   There are some new trends in athleisure that I really love that I’m including in this outfit.   Toward the bottom of the post I share other patterned leggings and tops with unique back details.   Scroll down to check them out!

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions This Year?

I usually do not make New Year’s resolutions.  Every single day I try to evaluate what I have to be grateful for and how I can improve when I’m not feeling this way.

While in my 20’s my New Year’s resolutions were probably something like “have less hangovers” and “learn how to apply eyeshadow” (which is a work in progress).   Fast forward, I’m now more focused on fostering my relationships – with myself and those close to me.

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Don’t Call it a Goal – Call it a Plan.

In general I’d consider myself fairly driven and I love the saying “don’t wish for it, work for it”.   When I want something – not a lot stops me from getting there.   It doesn’t take a date on the calendar to push me in the right direction.   That said – I do reevaluate the direction I’m headed around this time of year.

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Spend more time with aging parents

My Dad has had a tough go with his health.   He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in his 40’s and was forced into early retirement just over 20 years ago.   His ailing physical state is now compounded by dementia.

He requires 24 hour care and my SAINT of a step mom does the majority of it.   I can see she’s getting lonely and needs a break so I will do better to accommodate that.    Do you have ailing parents?   It can be tough to watch the people who took care of you need the favor returned.

My mom has had recent health issues as well so we have opted not to take a Winter vacation this year to be stay close to family.

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Give each child one on one attention

My kids can really exhaust me, mentally.   I put a lot of pressure on myself in motherhood even though I still don’t consider myself the maternal type.   Since it was my own decision to stay home with my kids, I feel guilty when being a homemaker feels stressful.   Growing up I didn’t think too much about my adult life but my mom worked outside the house so I figured I’d do the same.

When my husband gets home from work I want to run and hide for a half hour (or more).   I get a lot of 1:1 time with my younger son when the older one is at school but the older one rarely gets alone time with me.   So I need to do better and set aside more time to focus on him, alone.   His behavior improves so much when I do.

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Let go of what steals your joy

Whether it’s a friend or a job or something else – if you can’t enjoy the relationship consider letting it go.  Obviously not everyone can let go of a job they don’t like.   Think creatively – you might start making steps to make that a reality down the road.

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Cozy up the living space

I bought my first house when I was 25.   Since I always assumed it was my starter home I never put much thought or effort into decorating it.    Two years ago we moved to a more family friendly neighborhood and while it wasn’t our dream house it was the location we wanted to be in.

Rather than waiting until we are ready to sell our home to fix it up (as so many people do) I’m working now to make our house into our dream home.    If our dream house were on the market I don’t think we would move because we love our location so much.    I’ve been sharing more home content on Instagram and Facebook and hope to add more to the blog in 2018.

Preventative medicine works best

Foster a relationship with your health!!!   After having kids and being married my fitness goals have shifted.    I don’t aim for abs – I aim for gaining healthy years ahead and sleeping better.

As someone who just retired from 8 years in cardiology I can tell you lifestyle choices have the greatest impact on health.  Healthy eating and moderate, regular exercise are much easier to stomach when you see the alternative.   I took care of thousands of patients that saw me as a result of lack of exercise, poor dietary choices, and/or smoking.  If you tune in on Instagram stories I share some of my workouts on there.   Some of you asked me to share a few here so I’m adding some PINable images below.  Follow my Pinterest fitness board here.

Because childcare is an issue for me almost all of my workouts are under an hour and many require no equipment.   I often run on a treadmill which allows me to control speeds and inclines.   See a quick treadmill workout below.

PIN THESE WORKOUTS

resolutions for a 30 something - quick treadmill workout

 resolutions for a 30 something - 1 hour no equipment workout

resolutions for a 30 something - quick naptime workout for moms

My favorite workouts are bootcamp classes.   Lately I most often workout on my own at a gym because of the childcare.   I should explore the classes my gym offers but I like showing up on my own time.   Are you someone, like me, who does better with someone pushing them?

Shop My Look

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Jacket (wearing XS), Tank (wearing XS), Sports Bra (wearing small), Leggings (wearing XS), Sneakers (true to size)

If you’re my age (36 in days) Nike is probably a brand you’ve been wearing for more than 3 decades!   I have collected lots of Nike shoes and leggings over the years and they’ve all held up well.   Can we talk about these swirl leggings?   I have never seen anything like them.   They’re cute enough to wear around town on days when I’m dressed for a grocery “run” rather than a workout.

Other Patterned Leggings You Might Like:

I love that these comfy sneakers don’t tie.    That’s a time saver when I’m running out the door with the kids in the morning.  There are so many great sneakers to choose from it was hard to narrow it down to a few favorites:

The fleece jacket is perfect for the gym or any casual weekend outfit.   I love the high collar.   The tank I chose shows off the strappy sports bra.  Nike has so many tops with fun back details.    Here are a few of my other favorites:

I’d love to hear your resolutions!

Did you make any resolutions, fitness or otherwise?   Drop a comment below – I love hear from you guys.   I am also making an effort to share EASY but healthy recipes I’ve tested on Facebook and Instagram stories if you’re interested.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Thank you to Nike and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post.

 

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  • Karen
    January 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Just came across your blog today and love it! I am also a fellow West Hartfordian (Boulevard), In a slightly different stage of life (28, engaged, no kids) but totally sense the shift in my goals/resolutions over the last few years due to family medical emergencies, loss, etc. – definitely has shifted my perspective and reminded me the importance of taking care of my health and of spending time with the people I love.

    The last few weeks I have resolved to pack a gym bag in my car on Tuesdays and Thursdays to go straight from work to a fitness class at the gym. I NEED the accountability of a group class in order to do anything productive at the gym! I know saying I’ll work out 5-6 times a week isn’t realistic, but if I can get into the habit of TWO days a week I will count it a win!

    Looking forward to continuing to follow along! 🙂

    • Rachel
      January 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Karen!!
      We are neighbors – I love off Boulevard 🙂
      What gym are you going to? I belong to NYSC because of the babysitting room. If you find a good class that’s local let me know and I’ll join you.
      Thanks so much for leaving a comment. Almost no one ever does and I REALLY appreciate knowing you were here and enjoyed reading.
      Thanks,
      Rach

  • Stephanie Brannon
    January 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Great blog post! I love your style and your refreshing outlook.
    I, like you, workout often, but as a working mom it is hard to fit it in. I would love to do more class because they are so much more fun, often times it doesn’t work with my schedule. Therefore I do some Jillian Michael’s workouts and other workouts I find on Pinterest. And the occasional CorePower Yoga class.
    Looking forward to reading your blog in 2018!

    • Rachel
      January 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Stephanie!!!
      Thanks for the kind words.
      I used to do some fitness TV workouts but we gave up cable and I never found anything new. I am SURE there are some good home workouts on Amazon prime TV. I’ll let you know if I find some.
      Thanks for stopping by!! I appreciate you being here 🙂
      Rachel

  • Jessica
    January 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I absolutely love these resolutions! Especially “let go of what steals your joy”. Can’t say that enough.

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

    • Rachel
      January 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      YES!!!!! I’d love to hear what you let go of this year Jessica!
      We are actually contemplating a HUGE move for my husband so I’m excited to see what pans out.
      Keep in touch!!
      Rachel

  • Lori remington
    January 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Hi. Love your post.
    I have been taking care of my 86 year old Mom after she had back surgery. It has been a long recovery with some complications. I am so grateful for her in my life.
    Love your New Years resolutions!!!!
    My resolution was one thing….. ( my 5 children are 18 and up)
    Spend more time with each of them, have an open door, arms open and a listening ear. Have them over for dinner, walks, talks, laughs or even a good cry if they need it!!! I am so blessed and grateful for each of them in my life and so proud of where each of them are today in their lives. They are my single biggest accomplishment!!!!
    Reading your posts brightens my day!!!!
    Thank you for your fun and inspiring words and beautiful outfits you post!!!!
    ????????????

    • Rachel
      January 11, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      You always leave the sweetest comments Lori!!!!
      Are your kids local that they can easily come by?
      We will never regret the time we spent with family 🙂
      Happy New Year!!!
      Rachel

  • Tabitha
    January 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Great post! I love that we’re shifting away as a whole from resolutions to personal goals. I’m just wondering though how are you not cold outside in the snow?

    Tabitha
    https://shopsiloe.com/

    • Rachel
      January 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      I was cold :). I was trying to look brave. are you saying it worked 😉
      HAPPY NEW YEAR Tabitha!!!
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Rach

    • Lori remington
      January 13, 2018 at 4:17 am

      Hi Rachel
      4 of my 5 kids lives within 15 minutes of me. My baby still lives at home. She’s a senior in high school.
      My okdest lives out of state.
      I go visit her and her husband and my 2 grand boys about every 3 months.

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