Wow, is it over? Crazy how fast a year goes by, right?
Many people are spending this morning making a list of New Year’s Resolutions. For some — as they clutch a bottle of ibuprofen and a jug of Gatorade — it’s probably to drink less.
While I don’t condone only thinking about your goals once every 365 days, I do think the start of a new year is a good time to reflect.
It’s a great time to think about the lessons you learned from the previous year, and how you can use those to your benefit. It’s a time to evaluate what ideas and values you plan to hold on to, and which ones are no longer serving you. To decide what you plan to add to your life to make it better, and what things you want to (or need to) get rid of.
I’m not talking about monumental, life-changing choices like switching careers, losing a ton of weight, or quitting smoking (although maybe those things should be on your long-term list), I’m talking about small things that will help bring you more happiness on a day to day basis.
Because that’s really the most important thing in life: being happy.
So this year, instead of making a list of grand resolutions (which I already have ingrained in my heart), I’m making a list of the little things I’ve realized will boost my overall well-being. I’m calling them my New Year’s Revelations.
1. Take more baths.
I know it may seem a little weird, but I love baths. Call it a girl thing. Lately I’ve found that lighting some candles, pouring a bubble bath, putting on a chill Spotify mix, and reading a good book in the bath is the most relaxing and luxurious way to reward myself after a stressful day. I’m going to do more of it in 2014.
2. Start tennis lessons.
The BF and I have been talking about doing this for about 2 years now. We have a court right down the street, racquets and balls, and the will to learn. It’s time to Just Do It.
3. Say “no” more often.
I say yes to too many things and then I end up wanting to cancel and feeling guilty. If something doesn’t sound good from the get go, I’m turning it down. Life is too short to spend doing things you don’t want to do. Unless is for charity…then you sack it up sista.
4. Laugh a lot.
The BF was sick this weekend so we spent Friday night on the couch watching free stand up comedy from Netflix. It was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in a while (minus the fact that he was sick). In 2014, I’m going to try to catch more comedy shows and hang around with people who make me laugh.
5. Get creative with date nights.
The revelation above will be a good start to this one. We’ve been in a rut lately, just picking the latest hotspot and going out to dinner. That’s so not us. We used to go bowling, ice skating, to improv shows, magic shows, wine tasting, you name it. I’m bringing that back.
6. Cut out crappy food.
Although I usually eat really healthy, I still often make concessions for food that is diet-friendly but not health-friendly. 2014 is the time to cut out over-processed junk. That means no more frozen yogurt just because it’s only 8 calories an ounce. I have no idea what all those chemicals are in there. Bring on the banana froyo!
7. Learn to use my new camera.
We got a new Canon 70D for Christmas and I am uber-excited about it. You may have noticed the improvements in photo quality in my Healthy Lamb Ragu post or The Perfect Skinny Christmas Cocktail. Unlike what I do with all of my other gadgets, I would like to actually learn how to use this properly and save myself a lot of headaches.
8. Consistently schedule my workouts.
The past few weeks I’ve gotten in the bad habit of telling myself, “Oh, I can skip that morning class, I’ll just workout in the afternoon.” I’m sure you can guess what happens. I know myself and I know I am usually too tired to workout in the afternoon. This year I want to get better about scheduling my morning workouts and sticking to them. The difference in my mood when I do workout vs. when I don’t is huge. If I want to be happy, this is key.
9. Do food prep on Sundays.
Similar to the previous revelation, when I don’t do food prep on Sundays, it messes up my whole schedule, makes me reach for unhealthy “crappy” food and leaves me very hangry. I’m going to get better about doing my grocery shopping and food prep on Sunday so I can be happy and heathy all week long.
10. Pick up the phone.
I had an 8 1/2 hour drive to Tucson for Christmas and I took the opportunity to phone a few friends I needed to catch up with. It was so nice to hear their voices and fill each other in on all of our updates. Having a full on gab fest with your best gals is so much better than a few texts, emails, and Facebook updates here and there. In 2014, I’m going to make a bigger effort to actually pick up the phone and talk to my friends.
I’m sure I’m forgetting about 127 other little things I want to start or stop doing this year but I’ll figure them out as I go.
Wishing everyone out there a happy and healthy New Year’s! Make some changes to make your life happier and make 2014 your year.
*This post is linked to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.