Happy New Year! As we kick off the new year, most of us want to focus on bettering ourselves in some way. Here are 18 ways you can start 2018 off on the right foot!
1. Find a spiritual practice that works for you. Whether you’re religious, spiritual, or somewhere in between, find a way to connect to your god, earth, source, nature, etc., in 2016. My go-to practice is daily meditation.
2. Clean out your fridge and cupboards. Go through everything and get rid of unhealthy snacks and food that has been sitting in your fridge for awhile. While you’re at it, clean the fridge. 🙂
3. Stock your fridge and cupboards. Go to the store and stock up on healthy foods. Set yourself up for success by feeding your body and brain with wholesome, nutritious foods. Eat some fruits and veggies you’ve never tried before, or try some new, healthy recipes. Drink a green smoothie every day. My recipe is 1/2 cup almond milk, protein powder or peanut butter, one banana, a handful of spinach, and 4 ice cubes.
4. Evaluate Relationships. Do an inventory of people in your life. Is there anyone who is toxic that you can release from your life? Is there anyone you need to forgive? Is there anyone you want to make amends with? If you have annoying co-workers you can’t get rid of (without breaking the law), what can you do this year to try and make the relationship more tolerable? Remember you can’t expect anyone to change. Only you can do that.
5. Declutter. Recycle old magazines, give used books to the library or friends, get rid of things that are broken, sell some stuff on Craigslist or Ebay, and organize your closets. Walk into the new year with less of a footprint.
6. Delete and organize old emails. There is nothing like the feeling of an empty inbox. Yes, this takes some time and can be scary, but it’s very freeing! While you’re at it, unsubscribe to junk email, especially sites like Groupon and Living Social (if you’re trying to watch your budget this year).
7. Spend some time visualizing your new year. What do you want it to look or feel like? Who do you want to be around? Open yourself up to possibility. Create a vision board if you like!
8. Set goals for yourself. After you’ve done your visualization, start brainstorming and writing down what you hope to accomplish in the new year, and be specific. Don’t bog yourself down with so many goals that failure to accomplish them will leave you disappointed, or you feel overwhelmed with the task. For some great advice on goal setting, check out this article from GRS)
9. Schedule appointments. Pencil in or actually call and make your appointments for 2018, like the dentist, doctor, accountant, etc.
10. Shop your closet and come up with new ways to put outfits together. Donate or sell old clothes you’re not using.
11. Get your financial house in order! Set financial goals, start and stick to a budget, adjust your budget if you already have one, automate payments, and SAVE! If you have debt, create a plan to pay it off. Check your credit cards and bank statements to make sure you’re not getting old subscriptions you are no longer using. It’s also a great time to check your credit score!
12. Take a social media sabbatical. Take a week or month off from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, especially if you feel it’s affecting your life in a negative way, like seeing everyone coupling up this time of year.
13. Set health and fitness goals! One of the best ways to get motivated to exercise is to set some goals for yourself (attainable goals though)! Sign up for a 5k, 1/2 marathon, or mini triathlon. My pet peeve is when I read people’s fitness goals of exercising one day per week. One day?! That’s nothing! It’s better to do 10 minutes of SOMETHING every day! Only then can it become a habit. If you want to lose weight, remember there is an 80/20 ratio. It’s 80% what you eat, 20% exercise.
14. Spend some time really getting to know what your values are in life. They are the compass that you use for all your important decisions.
15. Plan a trip. Even if you can’t go on a trip for whatever reason this year, next year, or even in five years, just planning a vacation is half the fun. OK, maybe 1/3 of the fun. 🙂
16. Get a side hustle. Even if you have a good job, I still think it’s good to have one or two sources of extra income. That way you can accomplish your financial goal(s), or go on that trip, a lot sooner!
17. Write a list of what you want more and less of in the new year.
18. Write a list of everything you want to let go of from the past and burn that piece of paper. But do it safely. lol! Or, the safer option is to ceremoniously rip it up!
What are some of the ways you like to start the new year right?