Dear 100 Hour Board,
Any New Year's resolutions?
-mine is to figure out an acne-fighting skincare regimen so lmk if you have any recs
YES! Also I want to talk about how I actually kept one of my resolutions last year! I made a resolution to do a minimum of a half hour of yoga every Monday-Saturday, and all in all, I think I only missed about 5 days (and that tally includes Christmas). I am seriously so proud of myself for keeping this resolution because it was hard to do every single day. There were midnight yoga sessions as I reluctantly rolled out the mat before allowing myself to go to bed. I had to move my schedule around, and think more about timing for when to eat than I ever have before (since I can't do yoga if I've eaten in the past few hours). Holding some poses is really difficult and very uncomfortable, but I did it anyways. Thanks to ending almost every single session with a headstand, I can now hold one for over 10 minutes (and this is without touching up against a wall).
My main goal for this new year is to continue with yoga. I want to do at least 1 hour long practice each week in addition to the minimum half hour 6 days a week. Particularly, I'm going to be working on learning the Ashtanga Primary Series. This is a ~90 minute long sequence of poses, and is the first (and most basic) of 6 series that make up the traditional Ashtanga practice. I attempted this for the first time about a month ago, and there were so many things that I just didn't have the strength or flexibility for. But I'm already making progress, which is great!
Here's to another year filled with yoga!
I'm still figuring out how I want to approach goals for the new year, but I do have one that I'm starting to work on right away: I want to take more pictures of myself. I've avoided taking or seeing pictures of myself for several years now, because they tend to trigger a lot of anxiety and body image issues for me. The consequence of that, though, has been that I don't have any pictures with my friends and I don't have much of a record of the cool and fun things that I've done with them. I'm sad about that now, and I think I'm going to be even sadder about it when I'm older. So, I'm working on taking pictures, and hopefully I'll come out of this year with a much better visual record of myself, the people in my life, and the things we've done.
As far as your skincare regimen: I really love Shea Moisture African Black Soap, and I use it as my daily facewash. I also really love using hydrocolloid patches on my acne overnight, which serve the double purpose of taming the situation and preventing me from worsening the issue by touching my acne. You can get little individual patches, but I've found that plain old hydrocolloid bandaids are much cheaper, and I can just cut them into whatever shape and size I want.
Survive. Something that I barely did last year.
I am trying to lose my Covid Quarantine weight. I don't generally think weight loss resolutions are ideal- it's important to be happy with your body. But I know that I got to where I am because I was feeling super stressed and didn't have healthy habits. So I've resolved to take more control of my health and habits this year, and *hopefully* that means I will lose the extra weight I put on.
I generally don't make super specific resolutions, I like to do more 'ideas' that I can think about through the year - sort of like a mantra. I know about SMART goals and all that, but I've found having a 'theme' tends to work better for me. So this year, my resolution is to live with intention. Think before I speak, be wise with my money, consider my time and energy when committing to things, practice more mindfulness and be the force that drives my OWN life this year. Covid took control - and there wasn't much that could be done about that - but this year, I don't want scary events to completely derail my health and happiness.
Also I want to kick butt at a Ph.D. program in the fall, but we'll see how that goes! It seems really far away right now.