I love the New Year. Well, I really love fresh starts. While I believe this can happen at any moment, whether it’s a Monday, the first of the month, the last day of the season, or at midnight when you’ve had some revelation, I truly believe that within people have the ability to change. The fire inside might be dimmed, dulled, or afraid. Nonetheless, it’s there. But the New Year…damn, there’s just something really special about it all.
Every New Year’s Eve The Stud and I have dinner together and write out two sets of resolutions with usually 5 on each list—one for ourselves, and one for us as a couple…after we review the previous years^. We typically accomplish a few on each. Hey, 3 out of 5 ain’t bad.^ #progressnotperfection
I’ve recently seen lists with 10+ goals which, IMO, can bring more stress. For me, 2016 is about stress-release and mindfulness. I even considered not writing resolutions to work on staying present, but I think resolutions and mantras can be powerful reminders.
We’re trying something new this year, to change the resolution into an action reminder, with the addition of the word, “by.” For example, instead of “I am going to give up soda,” try,
I resolve to: replace soda by: adding lemon juice to my water
^Or, the one that stays from year to year,
*I resolve to: take a tropical vacation without financial stress
by: saving up $20/month
In 2014, our resolutions were written on a piece of ripped paper table cloth. In 2015, we wrote our resolutions on the back. I still have them. I’ll probably keep them forever. This year, I’ve created two pretty templates (see below) for these thoughtful actions, and yes, The Stud and I will be using them on New Year’s Eve. I hope you do, too.
Finally, I wanted to thank YOU for reading this little blog that I started this past year. It’s been a whirlwind of lots of ups and downs but your support and kind words always resonate. I hope you’ve laughed, found a good recipe (hopefully two!), have learned something from this little SPOT, and are ready for 2016 with me. Life is a gorgeous balance; let’s make it a fun ride. Happy New Year!
16 things to read right now to start 2016 out RIGHT
How to avoid a hangover on the 1st day of 2016…
Currently reading ‘Spirit Junkie,’ and totally adding some of these to my 2016 list!
11 things that you think are improving your life but are fucking it up.
Lots of good stuff, right here.
Oil of Oregano, eh? I’ll be placing a Young Living oil order in January, please let me know if you’d like one!
I’m going to need family sized ACV now…
I challenge you to this in 2016. Have you read my KonMari story? It’s under “WIITM.”
Choose one, any one.
You got it, Women’s Health. This is going to be a personal goal of mine.
A solid start to your grocery list. I prefer local honey for it’s allergen-reducing properties.
Literally, the word “thanks.” Coupled with the period at the end, is the bane of all conversational text for me. Finally, here is an article that might show you why. Is it so hard to write out those other few letters—y-o-u?
After years in the hospitality industry, although never a bartender, I definitely agree. Quick 5 minute video!
Because I’m happy! 3 choices to make, daily.
15 things that shouldn’t define your self worth.
18 reasons to eat healthy that have NOTHING to do with weight. Powerful stuff right here.
Lara Casey’s words, and thoughts on 2016 are beautiful and strong.