Hello, 2021! I'm here and ready to rumble! After the craziness that was 2020, I am more prepared than ever to face a new year and whatever challenges may come my way.
I've decided that while I can think on my feet better than last year, at my core I'm a planner which means I love a good checklist.
This year I've decided to ditch the new year's resolution and go straight for a checklist to make sure I'm ticking off the boxes to being my best self. There are so many angles to approach this lofty goal from, so I've narrowed it down to 2 key areas: health and wealth. My body and my wallet both got hit pretty hard with all the strain from 2020, and I'm ready to get back on track and prioritize them.
Here's what I'm doing to be my best 2021 self:
✔Signing up for Aaptiv
Fitness is at the forefront of my checklist. After months cooped up at home and countless hours of sitting on the couch, I'm ready to push myself back into shape.
However, I'm not great at getting myself through a workout - and getting to a gym right now is just not possible. I tried the at-home workouts … once, and I just hated searching YouTube for videos and then dealing with ads. A friend recommended I try Aaptiv.
Aaptiv is an exercise app with audio and video workouts taught by certified personal trainers with curated playlists. You can choose fitness classes based on the trainer, intensity, genre of music, and the type of workout. I'm sticking to a short 10-minute stretch every day and then want to work in some strength training. The best part is that there's no need to have any equipment!
Having someone "there" to guide me through and motivate me along the way is amazing. Aaptiv is a subscription and you can get it for either $99.99 a year or $14.99 a month. This is the best subscription I'll have in 2021 and I can always cancel at any time.
✔Getting a giant water bottle
I'm the person who always laughed at those huge, gallon water bottles that people lug around… and now I'm getting one. I've been slacking on hydration and my body is really starting to feel it: headaches, dry skin, and just general fatigue. Since I'll be working out more, it's important to drink more water as they go hand in hand.
Now that I'll have my gallon of water for the day by my side there's no excuse. I can even set drinking more water as a daily goal in Aaptiv- another reminder never hurts. Can't wait to see the positive effect this will have on my day-to-day mood.
✔Downloading a finance tracking app
A big part of my goals is wealth. I've got health covered so now I need to focus on finances. 2020 took its toll on my wallet from the unforeseen expenses to all the impulse, online shopping (anyone else had a package arriving every day?).
To recover and secure a strong financial future I'm tackling my weekly budgeting. Right now, I simply keep track of my budget … in my head. It's not the best per se but it had been working out, or so I thought.
Using an app allows me to set a weekly budget and then track purchases, bills, and income. Hopefully, with this app I'll be able to really save in 2021 and who knows, maybe even plan a vacation for 2022!
I'm nervous about the new year but with this list checked off I know I'm setting myself up for success. My Aaptiv workouts will help both my physical and mental which will only be strengthened by my newfound hydration and growing savings.
Get a fresh start in 2021 with these 3 easy, effective, and smart goals that you can check off right away. Good luck and hope you have a healthy and wealthy new year!
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