Every year I have goals for the new year. This year I really want to start fresh in the new year. I crave a simpler lifestyle with more downtime and meaningful moments. While I get caught up in the rush of work life balance when kids sports take over my every moment, it’s those sporting events and watching them work hard, that I love the most. I just need a bit more organization in the rest of my life so that I am not constantly living out of laundry baskets!
Finding joy and figuring out how to make it stay as a permanent fixture in my life has become my ultimate goal. After the rush of the holidays and a month filled with cold, coughs and stomach bugs, I have been feeling very overwhelmed, tired and feel like I am running on empty. I want to recommit myself to goals of moving towards a healthier and calmer lifestyle. What are your goals? Let’s share, see below I have come up with 10 simple ways to start fresh in the new year but I would love to hear more attainable ideas!
10 Simple Ways to Start Fresh in the New Year
1- Clean out your closet and drawers
Get rid of the sweater that you haven’t worn in 3 years and those jeans that haven’t fit in 6 years. Clean out your closet, organize your dresser and get ready for the adventures of the new year without letting the ancient wardrobe hold you back
2- Clean out the pantry
While you are in the purging mode clean out the pantry of things you never touch. If unopened and still good, put it in a box to donate to your local food pantry but check the expiration date first to be sure it shouldn’t just go in the trash
3- Move On
It’s a new year! Yes you are the same person and have the same issues but why not think of this as your chance to move forward with a positive attitude and healthy goals.
4- Set Some Attainable Goals
Don’t set yourself up for failure. If for the past 10 years you have been saying you want to lose 15 lbs for the New Year and never do then DO NOT MAKE THAT YOUR GOAL!! How about instead you try to set a goal of promising to walk 3 times a week or eliminating soda from your diet. Something that will tweak your world not rock it all at once so that you quit by the end of week two.
5- Give Back
Think of something that you care about. Find a cause that you want to support or an issue that you want to help publicize. Do something good for others. You will see when you give back you feel such a great sense of accomplishment that it’s like giving yourself a gift
6- Start Cooking More
I am so guilty of giving in to the ease of take-out food. This year I want to try and cook more. It will open new doors to different types of food and encourage more family time by sitting down together for a meal.
7- Be Present
PUT THE PHONE DOWN! When you are with family, BE WITH FAMILY! Enjoy the moments and create memories
8- Find a Hobby or Start Doing Something You Enjoy
Love to ski, golf, knit or sew. Never have time? You need to MAKE the time or you will never get to do anything. Days turn to weeks to months. Just get up and do something fun!
9- Create a New Routine
Always running late? Never getting to work or school on time? How about changing your routine? Maybe what you’re doing isn’t working. Try things like making lunches at night or laying out clothes the night before. Maybe get the kids dressed before they eat breakfast? Switching things up and trying new approaches could make for easier days
10- Stop Trying to be Perfect
If you keep trying to be perfect you will never be happy!! Accept your flaws and love them. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all alone, allow others to help you and ENJOY your moments. LAUGH with friends and family for you are the perfect YOU not someone else!!
Do you have advice to share on how to start fresh in the new year?? Leave your advice below and Happy New Year from me to you!!!
I also have goals on resetting myself as a mother for the new year! Check them out HERE