1. Let go of the past.
New Years, new months, new weeks, and new days are all for fresh starts. So this year, as you try to productivity move toward your future and your goals, make an effort to consciously let go of your past. You can’t be focused on the old if you want to build the new, so let it go and make room for all the wonderful things about to happen in your life this year.
2.Look forward to your fabulous future.
Get excited!! I’m serious! DO IT! Because this is the beginning of anything you want. The choice is up to you. So get excited about all those fabulous and deserving goals you’ve set for yourself this year sister because you are about to crush it!
And on that note….
3. Set goals that really inspire you.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the traditional and expected New Year’s resolution like drinking more water, eating healthier foods, start a workout routine, etc. While these are all excellent resolutions that will improve our lives when implemented regularly and consistently, do you feel deeply inspired by those things? If you do; that’s awesome! And you should make them a big priority in your life this coming year; but if they don’t, (and thats all you have on your list,) then I challenge you to really search within yourself this year. What do you truly want? What big dreams do you have that really excite you and maybe even kind of scare you? Decide to face those fears and acknowledge those great big dreams this year. Set goals based on what you ultimately want for your life. Pick resolutions that inspire you to get there. Still need some help and ideas on just how to figure these inspirational resolutions out? Don’t worry, I’ve got you! I have a whole post coming this January 1st that will talk all about resolutions: how to find yours plus lots of great ideas!
4. Work on your habits.
It’s been said that, if you want to change your life, then you have to change something you do daily. This year take a moment to really access what your day-to-day routines are like. Once you’ve understood your current routines and habits, you can start to implement new ones to help you move toward you’re goals each and every day.
5.Read more books that motivate and inspire you.
This is a resolution of mine every single year, but this year I’m taking on a new perspective. This year, instead of making it an overall goal, I’m taking it to the habit level. So if you want to do the same, and get the most out of all that valuable information sitting on your bookshelf (or in your audible account) then…
6.Take more time for yourself.
Even if it’s just 10 extra minutes in the morning or before bedtime; take a moment each day just for you. It’s your life, You work hard. You deserve it.
7. Focus on the Positive.
This year try to be purposeful in bringing positivity to your daily life. Give yourself the next 365 day to work on improving your day-to-day focus.
8. Stop worrying.
Easier said than done I know, but if you worry more than you should, (like me,) it’s a great time to make a conscious effort to stop it. Take a self care day every week
9. Learn something new.
Have you always wanted to learn how to use that sewing machine gathering dust in the back closet? or maybe you want to open an online store on Etsy or Shopify? Let 2018 be the year you embrace new knowledge in an area you’re interested in.
10. Take breaks from social media.
Or brains need a break from the 24/7 hustle and bustle every once and while. Be sure to take a few days for yourself away from all the screens this year.
11. Give more to others and yourself.
There’s no better way to enrich our lives then giving a little (or a lot if its in your heart) to others. Take some time this year to plan out how you will spend some of your extra time volunteering for your favorite local non-profit or which charity organizations you might want to donate money in 2018. Just as important as giving to others, be sure to give a little to yourself too. Whether it’s treating yourself to a massage every month or so, or just cutting out that negative self talk and filling your thoughts with confident self love. Whatever you made need a little more of this coming year, don’t be afraid to treat yourself too.
12. Find a new book or show each season thats completely binge worthy.
Now as frivolous as this one may sound, I added it in because relaxing and escaping with a really great tv or book series can be a form of self-care, and relieve stress. So try it out. I know this one is probably the easiest on the list for me to accomplish as binging through a newly discovered show on a weekend in my PJ’s all day is one of my favorite things to do. (sorry not sorry)
13. Finally get that email, snail mail, and paperwork organized.
You’ve put it off for too long girlfriend. Ok, I may just be talking to myself here, because I’m definitely guilty of this one. Schedule a day each week at the first of the year while you’ve still got all that New Year New You momentum going on and tackle those emails you need to trash or that pile of junk mail that’s just waiting to go through the shredder. You will feel so good when those spaces in your life are clutter free. Clear space, clear mind.
14. Value Sleep.
We all know that the proper amount of sleep each and every night is extremely beneficial to our daily lives and overall health however knowing this doesn't necessarily mean we understand the value behind it. Make a conscious effort this year to truly value your sleep each day. It will make that sleep routine you keep attempting to implement a lot more desirable than that extra 1 hour scroll through social media at night.
This is on my list for two reason: 1st: I think its so easy to get caught up in the hustle of everyday living that a whole year can go by without just taking some time to get away from it all. Those get aways are important (not just for funzies or memories) but so that we can take a step back from it all, recharge and refocus. 2nd: it’s good for the mind and the soul, just ask mark Twain. He said,
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s life.”
16.Write a letter.
Write to your younger self, your future self, your children, your loved ones, your honey bunny, or whom ever else you have it in your heart to share your inward most loving, grateful thoughts with. You don’t have to give it to them, but reflecting those wonderful feelings onto physical paper is such a fantastic way to realize how blessed you truly are. So take a moment or two (or twelve) this year to share a little extra love.
17. Do something that scares you.
One thing I’ve begun to realize now that I’ve hit my 30’s is that nothing good or life changing, or worth learning ever comes from staying in our comfort zones. Even more than that, every thing in my life thus far that has had any type of positive impact or value has certainly scared me on some level. So this year, start feeling really lucky if you have an opportunity to do something that scares you because it will probably change your life in all the right ways. At the very least you get the satisfying feeling of surviving something that tested you a bit, and that’s not too shabby if you ask me.
18. Remember that 2018 is only one year, one chapter in your many years of life to come.
So don’t worry about writing your whole book. Relax, reflex, and spend the year focusing on the things that bring the most fulfillment and joy to your life.