New year, new me.
If you didn’t say it, you read or heard it at least once during the month of January.
It has always been an interesting concept to me. How a new year can bring renewed energy and motivation. The clock strikes twelve, the ball drops, and just like that…a clean slate. A blank page. A new chapter.
It’s easy to say that you had “the best year ever”. Because with each year that passes, there are new milestones, new memories, new adventures, new friends, new opportunities. The list goes on and on. Despite the tough, stressful, ugly-crying-filled days; it is in our nature to look back and be grateful to have made it through another year. 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days.
2017 felt like it was never going to end.
It was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. To be completely transparent, it was the year I cried more than I thought was humanly possible. Happy tears, sad tears…all the tears—but that’s a post for another day.
I believe wholeheartedly that how you start your day is a reflection of how the remainder of your day will be. And just like so…how you start your year matters.
HERE ARE THE 5 THINGS I DID TO START MY YEAR:
1. I made it a goal to read (and finish) 4 books. To some, that’s average or not many books at all. But you wouldn’t believe how many times I heard “I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book” or “I don’t have time to read”.
I am guilty of getting caught up in “the scroll”. Once I realized how much of my time it consumed and how “less than” it made me feel; I knew it needed to be substituted with something else. That for me was a good book—or four. It has been a breath of fresh air for me. Instead of grabbing my phone and mindlessly scrolling first thing when I wake up, I grab a book instead.
2. I decluttered and purged 75% of my closet. No really, I did. And it was the most satisfying thing EVER. More than 150 pieces. I got rid of everything that I didn’t absolutely love. Clothing and shoes that still had tags on them, pieces that were no longer in style, things that hadn’t been worn in years. What started out as an overwhelming and stressful task turned into a therapeutic and relaxing one. So what if the end result is a big walk-in closet that now looks empty…you’ll have peace of mind every time you get ready. I also did this in other areas of our home such as the kitchen, our office, and each closet (pantry, linen, bathrooms, coat closets).
Less is more. Quality over quantity. Forget the trends, wear things that make you feel like your best self. And don’t forget, you can still treat yo’self every now and then.
3. Unfollow, Unfollow, Unfollow. In regards to getting lost in “the scroll”, I knew that I needed to do a deep clean amongst the people that I was following on all social media platforms. I knew it needed to be done and approached with reckless abandon.
Know that you are enough. You are worthy and you are more than capable of achieving anything that you put your mind to. If there are accounts or people that don’t make you feel good about yourself—unfollow them.
4. I turned off a majority of my notifications. There seems to be a trend in this post. Not to be dramatic here but I’m going to be dramatic for a second…
Phones have taken over our lives.
When we want to be disconnected, we’re still connected somehow…and notifications don’t help our case. Take the time to delete apps that don’t serve you well, organize your apps in such a way that you aren’t compelled to open your most-addicting apps. I have changed my settings so that none of my notifications or alerts pop up on my lock screen. The only way I can tell if there’s a new message, post, like, or comment of any sort is with the badge app icons (those horrendous red circles) or if I happen to already be on that specific app. My phone is on ‘Do Not Disturb’ or Silent 99% of the time. If it’s THAT important, they’ll call (and if they know me well, they’ll know to call Dustin first because he’ll actually answer)!
Time is precious. Don’t waste it getting lost in what I previously called “the scroll”. You have as many hours in a day as the most famous people you know and idolize. Use your time wisely. It’s silly to say but it takes discipline. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
5. I made it a priority to take care of myself and look forward to continuing to do so this year. Your health should always come first. Wellness is much more than physical health, exercise, or nutrition. It is a combination of the quality of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. I’ve said it time and time again; you can’t take care of others without taking care of yourself first.
Be mindful of where you invest your time, your money, and your energy. Say no when you need to. Be okay with being alone. Take that trip you’ve had in the back of your mind. Do that thing you’ve always wanted to do. You can…and you should.
I applaud you if you’ve made it this far. Self care and self improvement have always been important to me; it’s never too late or too soon to press restart. It doesn’t have to be the start of a new year.