Everybody is making resolutions and choosing their one word for the new year.
I’m inside, trying to stay warm with temps in the single digits. Sure, the last couple years have been pretty hard-hitting.
Overall, I felt like I was pretty successful in the personal growth department.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with resolutions that seem great now, but aren’t very achievable, then getting discouraged as it all fizzles out.
It’s important to make small goals that are actually attainable.
Instead of doing less of something, let’s discuss what we can do more.
Get more sleep.
Go to bed earlier. Turn off the electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Don’t lie in bed and use your devices (at least turn the blu light off). It helps with overall better health. I’ve been going to bed along with the kids and I feel better lately.
Go on a trip. Be more spontaneous. Try a new dish at the restaurant. Meet someone new. Call up someone you haven’t talked to in ages. Adventure means something different for everyone.
Manage money wisely.
Pay off debt, but don’t go broke doing that. Start adding a little into savings or put change in a jar. Make coffee and lunches at home instead of grabbing on the go. Start investing and planning for retirement or kids’ educations. Do you know how to budget?
Minimize your closet.
Donate what you haven’t worn in a year. Don’t keep what you don’t love. Find your style and color scheme. Update with some new classic accessories or timeless pieces. Minimizing reduces anxiety.
Reframe negative situations. Look for the positive details in your experiences and conversations and focus on those positive details. Also, focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do.
Protect your skin. Use a good natural sunscreen and cover up or go into shade during the prime sun times of the day.
Who needs more printables? Decluttering is good for the soul. Minimize your stuff. If you need containers to organize your stuff, you have too much stuff.
Eat balanced and in moderation, mostly plants.
Diets are so restrictive. Use smaller plates. Stock up on new seasonal veggies. Try new recipes every week. Drink green tea. Drink more water.
You don’t have to waste time and money on a gym membership. Baby steps. There’s always room for improvement. Lift some small weights. Do some sit-ups. Do some pilates on the floor. Walk around the block. There are oodles of free YouTube videos to help get started with at home fitness routines.
There are so many books and so little time.
Need some ideas?
Seriously, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
This goes for parenting too. Respect your kids. Have empathy. Don’t give ultimatums. Don’t use force. Don’t raise your voice or your hands.
There’s so much wrong in the world.
So many -isms. All these government issues. So many hurting people. Poverty. Hatred. War.
What are you doing to help?