Happy new year! Where do you stand on resolutions? Part of me (the type A planner + list maker) has the urge every year to write out a long, detailed list of goals and plans. Another part of me kind of hates the idea of confining the year ahead to a list made on December 31st. Some years in the past I’ve written down very specific resolutions (go to the gym 4 times a week; send birthday cards to every loved one; do not buy sugary cereal…) while other years I’ve ignored the concept completely and let the chips fall where they may. The last few years I’ve fallen somewhere in between. For the most part, I would rather make positive changes throughout the year – for me this is always more successful than trying to accomplish multiple goals beginning on January 1st and then feeling like a failure if every item wasn’t checked off. (Let’s just say the “no more sugary cereal” resolution was there for quite a few years…) Last year I decided to make a list of looser intentions instead of strict resolutions. They included:
Embrace messy hair – learn to appreciate my hair’s natural texture and stop feeling like I must blow dry it daily. (Success!! 2014 was a year of natural waves, side braids, and quite a bit of frizz.)
Continue to shift our diet towards more whole foods and less sugar. (Eating lots of whole foods – a success. Less sugar – still a struggle but I’m better than I used to be.)
Simplify and detoxify my beauty/cleaning/home products. (This is definitely a work in progress, but I’m really happy with how much progress has been made. I even have my husband using all natural body wash!)
Become a morning person. Or at least, don’t hit snooze 10 times and then feel rushed all morning. (Success! I’ve been pretty consistently waking up between 5:30-6 am for the past year, and it’s made the biggest impact on the course of my day. I feel so much better when I wake up early, even if I’m just reading and drinking coffee in bed for an hour. I’d love to be an early morning workout person but so far that’s happened exactly one time… 5:45 am just feels to early to leave the house – and the pajamas. Baby steps!)
This year I’m planning to continue building on these same intentions, but am adding something new to the mix. I’ve noticed quite a few “alternative resolution” concepts popping up lately – such as setting loose intentions or goals, as I did last year; making “non-resolutions”; choosing things to let go of this year rather than things to gain or work for; or choosing a single word (or a few words) to set the stage for your year.
I love the idea of choosing a few words to guide all aspects of life throughout the year – relationships, work, health, etc. I’ve been thinking a lot about my words for 2015 and I’ve finally landed on:
I’m going to do my best to approach everything in life this year with these words in mind – especially any big decisions or difficulties that may arise. Our life is very much in a time of transition right now, so a lot of changes are inevitable in 2015. At the very least, I’m so hopeful that this year will surpass last year in joy and love (of which there was no shortage, but more is always better when it comes to joy and love…); be at least equal to it in adventure; and hold less sadness for us and our loved ones (not to mention the world…)
I hope 2015 is a beautiful year for all of you. And thank you so much for reading these past few months, as I figure out my way on this little blog. It means so much to hear from you all and to know that you’re reading and enjoying it!
image: our 2014 holiday card, designed by me. photo by Jenna Kutcher.