New Year, New or Same Me?
It’s 2017?! Kinda strange to say that. 2016 flew by and it’s now almost the end of January. I’ve finally had time to think of my new year resolutions! Every year I “think” about new year resolutions but by the time the new years comes around, I forget. Work picks up in January and I’m honestly too tired to think of anything else. But with 2016 being such an amazing year, I knew I wanted to start 2017 off on the right foot. First three weeks into 2017 and I’m full swing into making this the best year yet.
New year ResoluTions!
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone
I like sticking to a schedule and staying inside my comfort zone. I don’t like change and have always faced anxiety with new situations. But this year I want to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. Things that make me nervous, like skiing, and even traveling more often. As I’ve gotten older I realize there are more and more times where I think about trying something for months, but never follow through! Even something simple like trying a new workout class. Maybe it’s because I don’t know what I am doing and don’t want to look stupid.
While traveling, I end up feeling anxious the majority of a trip and not enjoying the experience. I want to worry less and do more! My husband and I are going skiing soon and it will be my first time in four years! He also bought me an easel for Christmas so I can get back into oil painting. I’m focusing on enjoying the ride of life this year.
Using an Agenda
Does anyone else remember the agendas we used to receive in school?! I was obsessed and would write absolutely everything in it! Once I graduated from college I stopped using them, which made sense since there was no more homework! But then I found myself either trying to remember everything I had to do in my mind or adding it into my phone. I used to have a great memory but now there are just too many things to remember. So I bought the cutest pink and gold agenda from Target at the beginning of the month.
I’ve been writing down daily reminders for appointments, when bills are due, what to make for dinner, what time I need to get home, and so on. I love writing myself reminders rather than seeing them on my phone. I’m more likely to follow through with a task if it’s in front of me written in my own handwriting. I also picked up some little stickers to personalize the inside of my agenda. I’m hoping the opportunity to have space for a brain dump will free up my mind for less stressful thoughts.
Focusing on Family Time
Being married, full time worker, and homeowner doesn’t leave much time for family time other than the weekends. But before I know it, it’s Sunday night and I haven’t spent as much time with my family as I want to before starting the new week. This year my mom and I decided to schedule monthly family dinners including parents, siblings, and grandparents.
We realized on Christmas that we hadn’t been all together for dinner since Thanksgiving and the next wouldn’t be until another holiday. We all had so much fun together at my wedding and it was such a great bonding experience with one another. So we agreed on a family dinner to just spend time eating and talking. Nothing crazy, just dinner at my mom’s house or even a casual restaurant if we are all too tired to cook. (I actually just had one this weekend with my family – first of the year!) Life is so precious and spending time with my family is always the best. We are also planning on at least one family trip to visit my sister and her family in Arizona, and I can’t wait!