Happy New Year! It’s the first day of your new book, which happens to have 366 days this wonderful leap year! What is it that you resolved to do? I have done some serious soul searching this last week, and I decided that it is time to make some serious changes!
So change, what is it? The literary meaning is to become different. I was stuck in such a rut. I wasn’t doing anything to propel myself forward in anyway. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was plain depressed, or if it is because of my illness.
On December 19th I turned 40. After looking back on my life I thought, man, I haven’t accomplished much. An old friend I know from High School kindly pointed out that I have, it was my 4 children. While I am very proud of my 4 children, I don’t want them to define me. I don’t want my obituary to just say loving daughter, wife, and mother. I want it to say a bit more. Is that selfish?
So what did I do? I went to Google of course! I literally searched up things that I could improve upon that wouldn’t be near impossible to accomplish. I numbered my notebook 1-25, and my well thought out list was born! I am going to include it in the hopes it helps you as well.
Build a better budget (meal plan monthly since this is how we tend to shop)
Cook or try a new food a week
Book all doctor visits for the year (I have since found this to be impossible because doctor’s don’t usually schedule out past the 3 month mark)
Walk more (especially since I will never run due to all my surgeries, nor do I have the desire to)
Plan a vacation for myself, and another for just the family (I like to go on a vacation without the husband or kids. When I come back, I am refreshed, and ready to take on the world)
Exercise regularly to become healthier
Drink more water
Get more sleep
Don’t leave pictures on the phone or computer, make books
Declutter and deep clean one thing a week
Work on new hobbies
Do one thing at a time (OMG, why wasn’t I doing this before? I feel so much more accomplished)
Treat myself to an affordable facial once a month (I bought a facemask from Target, and my daughter and I started this as part of our skincare routine)
Compliment myself (because I normally look at myself and see what’s wrong)
Learn a new skill or craft (I really want to learn how to knit)
Eat more blueberries and walnuts (I hear they are good for you)
Set achievable goals and celebrate
Say NO more often
Tell people I love them more often
Do more of what I love
Take back my life