Although I’m not big into resolutions, I do believe that setting good intentions for the year or the future are valuable. I’ve been reading New Year’s-related posts all over the place, and I have to say, it’s inspiring!
Here’s a couple of quick thoughts I have for a healthy mind, body, & spirit for the year ahead.
1. Play with your dog.
You know, actually get off the couch, your computer, cell phone (or all three) and get on the floor and play with him. And not just for like 30 seconds. Make it good whole 5, 10, 0r 15 minutes or until your dog is tired.
And if you don’t have a dog? Well, who’s day wouldn’t be brightened by a little face like that 😉
2. Take real pictures.
Take photos that are worthy of framing and keeping in your house until you’re old. Take pictures for the sake of memory and not just social media.
I have been so guilty of taking solely blog-worthy photos and nothing else. I used to scrapbook, but in the past year or so, I really have no legitimate photos, unless of course I wanted to make a scrapbook of my blog from the past year…
3. Relax now, not later.
Release yourself from the mindset that “everything” has to be “done” before you can relax. Not when it “makes sense,” or is more convenient. Because that time doesn’t exist.
Be okay with leaving your whole house a mess and taking a half an hour to read, meditate, or journal. Don’t wait for what you really need in the moment or you will never give yourself what you really need.
4. Create confidence in your goals, no matter what they are.
Believe in your goals with your heart, not with fear.
Instead of saying, “This year, I really hope to run a marathon, but I’m not really sure if I’m ready or what race I’m running…” say, “It’s my intention to run a marathon this year. The goal is challenging but doable, and I’m ready to take on the challenge.”
By the way, this is my goal for 2014! As soon as I decide on a race, I’ll let you know!
5. Embrace the new and unknown.
Try new foods. Read about a topic you know nothing about. Apply for your dream job. Be yourself.
Stop making boundaries in your life because it’s comfortable. Start being open to the possibilities of different, new, and fresh.
6. Don’t be afraid to leave things unfinished.
This is a huge one for me lately. So often I won’t start a book because I fear I won’t have the time to finish it. Or I slave over a blog post instead of just hitting “save draft” and finishing it later.
Not everything has to be today. In fact, it can’t be. Let go of the workaholic in you and embrace tip #3 a little bit more. Be okay with going to be on time, or dare I say, early?
Allow yourself room to breathe, time to rest, and space to be. Not everything in life has to be about work or accomplishing more. Life is about enjoying who you are too!
Questions for You:
- What ways do you plan to be down-to-earth this year?
- Are you sick of hearing about New Year’s related-stuff or does it inspire you?