st_patricks_day_animated_gif_1It’s March!  Time for college basketball madness, St. Patrick’s Day, Purim and Spring.  March is the month where everything starts to feel like it’s coming alive again after a slow and sleepy winter.  You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking out my window right now, but in 18 days Spring will officially have sprung.  It’s time for new starts and shiny new outlooks.

Last month I resolved to note one thing I’m grateful for everyday.  Which I was good about up until I left for Israel at which point I was damp with nasty hair, tight pants and more hummus than I could shake a pita at.  I remained grateful for the opportunity though.  So grateful in fact that I plan on going back in a few months (If I can afford it).  I also resolved to walk more, which I did, taking a little stroll around my hood a few times a week to remind me that contrary to popular belief I am not a vampire and am actually capable of leaving my home in daylight hours.  The structure resolution didn’t fare quite as well.  That will have to change as I’ve got a few freelance jobs to report to starting this month and will actually owe work on a regular basis, which means setting my alarm clock and structuring a real day around work.

This month will be more about health and fitness which is my bread and butter so to speak.  After my trip to Israel I’m feeling a little down about my body and definitely want to get it back to that comfortable place, a place sans fear of muffin top, but of course not going crazy weighing myself every 20-minutes and living on celery sticks and fat free ranch dressing.  So, here are my healthy resolutions for March:

  1. Focus on The Kim Fitness Challenge of stretching, core strengthening and running.  This will be a three month challenge, but month one is always the hardest for me.
  2. Veg Out.  This month I’m going completely meatless.  I’ve eaten a lot more meat that usual in the last month or so and I definitely feel the difference in my body.  I’m not one to promote one diet or another and I’m a firm believer that everyone’s body reacts differently to different eating patterns but I have noticed that mine tends to thrive on a vegetarian diet.  I don’t know that I could ever permanently give up all meat, but giving up meat for a month is a great way to get back to my body’s happy place. (Disclaimer, I’m giving myself a pass for St. Patrick’s Day-I make a mean corned beef and cabbage!)
  3. Regular sleeping patterns.  This seems pretty laughable right now in my jet lagged state, but I need to re-establish a sleep routine.  Staying up late and sleeping till whenever is playing havoc on my ability to schedule and focus.  Since I don’t have an established start time to my day I still have a bit of leniency so I’m making my bednight midnight and my wake up call 8am.
  4. Balance, my trip to Israel made clear one thing to me, the importance of balance.  Spiritual, personal and professional balance.  I tend to be an all-or-nothing type and that “all” tends to be work.  I take a lot of pride in my professional exploits, but call it maturity, I’m learning that there’s more to life than professional accolades.  This will probably be a life long resolution, but starting this month I’m going to take the time each day to check in with myself, take some time for me and to just have fun being alive. (Easier said than done, I know!)

March is all about new beginnings.  It’s the start of a brand new season and I plan on taking advantage of all the “fresh start” in the air come Spring awakening.  I’m feeling a bit hokey and a bit sentimental this month, but I think that’s okay and should be embraced and reflected in my goals this month.  What are your resolutions for March?