Looking Ahead at 2019: Habits, Health, and Personal Development

The Nature Habit

I want to keep putting in some serious time in nature. I want to keep hiking and keep doing trail runs.

I closed out 2018 with a four-hour hike at Lost Maples State Natural Area on New Year’s Eve morning.

The ranger said I was the first person there and that there was no one camping in the backcountry. This meant that for the first three hours of my hike, I didn’t see a soul. It meant that during this time I was surrounded by nature and unbelievable silence, only interrupted by the sounds of my own footsteps and the occasional trickling of nearby creeks.

It was amazing, and although I know I’ve said it before, it was so good for my soul.


I need to get back to running, back to yoga, back to kettlebell training, lose some body fat, and I need to have a whole lot more fruits and vegetables in my diet. I know this, and I’m almost always working on it.

But here’s the thing…

Back in August, I took advantage of a sale on an annual subscription to the online meditation and mindfulness service, HeadSpace, and although I got off to a slow start, I’ve come to love the experience.

I hope to be able to carry consistency with this habit into the year. I sleep better, manage stress better, and generally have a better handle on things when I’m on point with this practice. That leads to more exercise, eating better, and a whole set of other positive habits. And that’s what this is all about, right?

I definitely want to keep this going.

Personal Development

I have plenty of professional development goals and opportunities in front of me. To think of them makes me excited about what 2019 will hold for me. There are so many areas where I feel I can improve on existing skills and strengths, and still more where I can grow in completely new ways.

As I sit here at home, however, on January 1st, 2019, the camera I bought last summer sits on my desk and remains a bit of a mystery to me. It’s an entry-level DSLR (Nikon D4300), but using it beyond auto mode eludes me.

I want to develop this skill. I want to be able to understand the capabilities of the camera, the lenses I have, and make the most of them. I want to be able to finally take a good picture of the moon, and maybe even some stars!

It’s not professional development per se, but it’s something I find joy in, even in the struggle.

The Time is Ripe For…

Building something.

At the end of 2018, I found myself with a whole new set of experiences and with an emerging influence both at work and in the human resources space. The time is ripe for a shift, whether that be using my skills and experience to do more of what I’m already doing, only in an improved capacity, or to make a true effort at taking my ideas and turning them into action.

Perhaps both at the same time.

One thing is for sure…I want 2019 to be the kind of year I look back on as one where I finally stopped talking about my ideas and started doing something about them.


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