Happy Second-last Day in 2014!!!
The end of the year is upon us, and 2015 is just creeping around the corner, folks! And you know what that means…
A chance to wipe your slate, refresh and start over! One of the best feelings in the world.
So how are you granting yourself a new start in 2015? What’s on your list of resolutions, things to do better at or work harder at? I’m sharing mine with you a couple of days early so you can gain inspiration for your own New Year’s list! Then, print the “Clean Slate” list and jot down your goals, desires and wishes for 2015.
My Clean Slate List
1. Eat for a healthier mind and body.
I’m one of the guilty ones who tends to eat whatever is convenient throughout the day; some days, this means a full, healthy meal. But often, it means snacking and not the healthiest of food choices. These eating habits are largely due to not understanding the benefit of healthy eating. Not only does it mean feeding your body the nutrients it needs, but healthy food choices can also mean nourishing your mind so you sleep better and have more natural energy. As someone quick to reach for another cup of coffee for that afternoon boost, I’m curious to see the effects of healthy eating on my energy level. Aside from all of these reasons, I’m always trying to push myself beyond my comfort zone, and requiring myself to eat healthier foods means trying and cooking with ingredients I’ve never touched before.
2. Spend more time reading.
I used to be really, really great at this (didn’t we all?). But somewhere along the way, I found myself not finishing or even starting books on my bookshelf, and now I’ve completely fallen out of the habit of reading, aside from the occasional magazine article or blog post. One of my 2015 goals is to remedy this by setting aside time every week to catch up on reading. And here’s how I’m going to stick to it:
- If you haven’t heard of Pocket, get ready: this is one my favorite apps that I simply don’t use enough. With Pocket, you can pull articles from the internet and store them for later to read offline when you have downtime. With my iPad Mini, I can store endless articles and posts in Pocket, and then just keep my iPad with me at all times so I can pull it out anywhere to catch up on some new reading. Half the battle of reading is not having content with you when you have the time, so this is a great solution to make sure I don’t get stuck in another situation with time to kill and nothing to do.
- Social accountability is a great way to accomplish just about anything. And as a way to tie this into reading, I’m going to choose a book every month or two and dedicate myself to reading it and writing about it on the blog. The genre is flexible — business, fiction, whatever my heart is set on that month. Sharing it on my blog and writing about it will make me much more likely to finish the book in its entirety.
3. Give more love to the people in my life.
Is it possible to give too much love to those around you? I don’t think so. But this year, I’m going to make it a point to give more of myself to those I love most. This is a very personal goal that I’m always working on, and I’ve learned that with busy schedules and lives in cities far away from each other, it can be tough. But despite the distance and other challenges, friends and family are of great importance in anyone’s life, and a little extra thoughtfulness for others can go a long way.
4. Sew everything.
Everything might be an exaggeration. But after receiving a sewing machine for Christmas (thank you, thank you, Santa!!), I’m more than ready to get back in the swing of sewing this year. I also think it’s GREAT to have multiple creative outlets, and this is one that is completely unique to what I usually do on a daily basis. Just so you know, everyone is getting homemade, sewn gifts this year. Get excited.
5. Experience more.
After moving around a lot in my post-grad life, I’ve learned how easy it is to fall into a comfortable routine of spending time on the couch with Netflix and my friends, Rory and Lorelai Gilmore. However, no matter how many times I try to make the case that the Gilmore girls totally enjoy my company and it’s not my fault that they keep inviting me to hang out with them at Luke’s diner, doing so does not exactly qualify as “new and exciting.” Thus, in 2015, I vow to spend more time outside of the apartment having new experiences and making new memories. After being in Kansas City for a year and a half, there are still SO many things I’m itching to do in this awesome place, and now is as good a time as any! So local KC folks, if you have any ideas for me to explore and check out in Kansas City, jot them down below so I can add them to the list.
Ready to make your own Clean Slate List for 2015?? Print this worksheet and jot down all of the things you want to accomplish or improve in the new year! Then keep it nearby to stay reminded of your goals; or post them below so we can all keep each other accountable!