I feel like a lot of people rank on New Year’s Resolutions. Must we hate on multiple people just trying to improve their lives and deciding to do so all at the same time?
For me, every new year, I feel renewed and ready to change when the new year comes. Sure, it’s really hard to make those feelings stay with you throughout the year. But hey, why not at least give it a shot.
Here are a few things I hope to work on:
Take back Sunday
I get the Sunday scaries almost every week. It ends up ruining most of my Sunday, feeling like I should do some work but also avoiding doing the work, so that it sits over me for the duration of the day. It’s not helpful for anyone! I don’t get great work done even if I do work Sunday, it doesn’t make me happy, and I would be a better person if I didn’t have it on my mind. Instead, here’s what I plan to do: I’ll let myself do a little work if I need to on Saturday or Sunday morning, but take back my Sunday for me. While I might not be able to stop needing to go to the grocery store or run other errands, I want to enjoy my Sunday nights with a movie night. I went this afternoon to see La La Land (hey Steph!) and it was amazing to completely shut off my phone and get lost in a story different from mine.
Do something creative everyday
While yes, this is the Paper Source tagline, it’s also one of my new mottos for life. I love doing creative projects – they re-energize me in a way that is hard to explain. Occasionally it’s this blog, but usually it’s something that’s just for me that no one else reads or enjoys. This year I want to try to do something small every day, whether that’s practicing my new love of calligraphy, painting some watercolors, taking some photos, or even reading. (Reading counts, too! Hell, watching movies counts, too!!) I want to focus on smaller moments of creation, versus dedicating an entire afternoon (though that’s great, too).
Let it go
A few years ago, friends of mine started a wacky tradition. Each New Year’s Eve, we write down things we don’t want to take into the new year and we burn the piece of paper we write them on. While I’ve since moved away from this group of friends, I kept the tradition in their honor (xoxo!). It’s therapeutic and mindful, and I truly want to let go some of the things I left on that list. Letting go of actual weight, of feelings that aren’t helpful, of things in my life I no longer need.
What are you working on in 2017?