New year, new goals. Although it is quite simple to end bad habits and start new ones whenever you want, it always seems like the beginning of a new year brings me clarity and motivation to make changes. Last year (and many of the years before) focused on physical improvement. It’s the same every year… “This year I will lose weight. This year I will eat better. This year I will be healthier in general.” We have all been there, right? Well, friends, I have decided to switch it up and make 2017 a year for mental improvement.
As most of you may know, I have struggled for many years with anxiety. Towards the end of last year I found myself in a pretty dark place with not knowing exactly what I wanted next in life. Obviously, blogging in general was put on the back burner. Overall, I was just extremely overwhelmed. I needed to take a step back and take a look at the things in my life that were causing my constant stress and anxiety…. I’m glad I did. You know what I found out? I was so worried about the deadlines, photoshoots, and posting on Social Media that I didn’t have “me time” anymore. I was a disciple of my iPhone. Not anymore y’all!
I decided to take my time back and not focus on my phone anymore. I asked for an Apple watch for Christmas and it was the best decision I have made. I don’t carry my phone in hand anymore, it stays in my purse. I tailored all of my notifications so I am only notified of the important ones that need immediate attention. The rest can wait. Along with that major change, I made three other changes that will hopefully allow me to improve my mind in the next year.
- Wake up early: Those of you that may know me are probably saying “whaaaaat?” When Jon started his new job, he had to leave an hour earlier than me. I started getting up with him to try to start each day with more time to get ready and feel less rushed. Most of the time, I am able to have a cup of coffee and even squeeze in a 21 Day Fix work out. It was a struggle at first, but I am not lying when I tell you that it makes a huge difference in how the rest of my day goes.
- Set a reading goal: I used to love to read! My very sad, neglected, little bookshelf needed some DEEP cleaning recently. I found so many books that I had purchased with hopes of finally getting time to read one day and never touched again. My goal for the year is to read 1 book a month, or a total of 12 for the year. I know a lot of you probably read 3x more than that but I will start with an achievable goal.
- Use a Bullet Journal: My co-worker so generously gifted me a bullet journal for Christmas. My thought? What the heck is a bullet journal?! Weeeellllllll… after doing a little “googling,” I soon found it was probably the coolest thing I had ever seen. If you don’t know what it is, or want to know about something that you will soon be obsessed with, please google it or go to this site. She makes magic with her blank pages! 🙂 I am choosing to use it in place of a normal planner. If you are anything like me and have trouble finding the “perfect” planner, this will make all of your dreams come true! For reference, I use this journal! I recommend using these pens because they don’t bleed through the pages.
If you guys have any other suggestions I would love to hear them! Also, I have a growing list of books to read so I want to know what you have read recently!
Cheers to a New Year and a new me!