Okay, I know this is way late, but I have been struggling to come up with a New Year’s Resolution. I’m trying to decide if I actually believe in them. So many New Year’s Resolutions fail every year, it is kind of discouraging. How many people have signed up for a year’s gym membership and quit right after January? Why do you have to start in January? And if you get discouraged and give up, why do you have to wait until next January to try again?
Anyway, instead of using the New Year to make one or two giant changes, I have decided to focus on making many smaller changes throughout the year. These seem more manageable…
1. Organize my house
This is something I dread doing, but will make me feel so much better once it is done. Less mess equals less stress. Remember, baby steps- one room at a time, one drawer at a time. I love being organized but hate organizing. There are a lot of lists on Pinterest to get me started. Maybe a room a month?
2. Make healthier choices
Now, I know this is kind of vague, but losing weight and eating right isn’t all this is about. In addition to balancing diet and exercise, this involves focusing on my mental health, taking the time to relax and unwind each day, getting more sunlight, drinking herbal tea, using face masks, finding creative outlets to relieve stress, cooking more, and using more moisturizer. I want to add a daily routine and structure to my life.
3. Be kind
To me, this doesn’t have to be some grand gesture, but a small act of kindness each day to let someone know you care. Whether that be taking out the trash so your husband doesn’t have to – or slowing down and smiling at the cashier at the grocery store. Taking the time to be attentive and actively trying to make the day a little better for those around me.
4. Make a difference
This could be a big or little gesture, but one that will change someone’s life for the better. I have no idea what it is yet, but I am sure I will know it when I see it.
5. Be more attentive
I need to practice listening to hear instead of listening until it is my turn to talk. I want to give whoever is talking my undivided attention, to give everyone the best version of me, not the “burnt out after work version”. This will take some figuring out.
6. Finish 3 DIY house projects.
Ever since we bought our first house eight months ago, we had all these plans to change it and make it our own. Big plans for decorating and remodeling. Then add in work, wedding, honeymoon, bills, other obligations- we ran out of time, resources and energy. Now we have giant bare walls and a slew of unfinished projects. This year, it is time to make time to get stuff done. The first and major project will be completely redoing our deck. That has been on the list for a while, because if we don’t, someone might get seriously injured.
7. Save money
This is something I am always trying to do. I started a 401K last year, so this year is time to build a nest egg. One for emergencies repairs and vehicle breakdowns. Heck, probably for a “new-to-me” car soon too.
8. $5 Challenge
This kind of goes along with #7 and saving money, but this one is saving up for non-emergency items. (New TV, furniture, appliances, etc.) I saw this one on Facebook the other day and thought it would be neat to try. Basically, every time you get a five dollar bill, you have to save it. If someone gives you a five dollar bill- save it. If the cashier gives you back a five dollar bill as change- save it. I don’t use cash often, so I am curious to see how far this will get me.
9. Learn a New Hobby
A while back, I saw a video on some social media site and thought “how cool, I wish I could have/do that.” light bulb. I can do that, I just have to learn how. Believe me, there are plenty of YouTube tutorial videos to show you. I have played around with crocheting and recently taken an interest in watercolors. I would like to learn how to get better at it.
These are the resolutions starting every month instead of every year. That way if I don’t get to one in January, I can always start over in February. If I don’t finish any of these by the end of the year, then I am a lost cause when it comes to resolutions.
I will keep you updated.