Thursday 13: 13 New Year Resolutions

  1. Spend more time with your children disconnected. I lay on the floor and play with Ariel and Elijah, with no TV, no phone, nothing digital. When imagination is allowed to take center stage you will love what happens. 
  2. Save money for and find ways to have more experiences and trips. Money is always replaceable, memories and experiences are priceless. 
  3. Read more physical media, less digital. Pick up a paperback book. Magazine. Share it with your kids or partner. 
  4. At least once a week learn how to do something new. Take a class, read a non-fiction book, look up internet tutorial. Never stop learning.
  5. Exercise 15-30 minutes daily, your brain and your body. Walk a treadmill while doing a crossword. It's just as important to keep your brain healthy as it is your body.
  6. Eat healthier. Cut out as many processed prepackaged foods as possible and add fresh fruit and veggies. Eat healthier, cleaner.
  7. Throw away papers. Only keep whats absolutely necessary. Invest in a good scanner and use Evernote or Google Docs and keep things digitally instead. 
  8. Get rid of clothes you don't wear. If you're holding onto something for sentimental reasons pack them all in bins and store. Keep only what fits and you actually wear in your closets and dressers. 
  9. Take 30 minutes a day for you. Do something for only you that makes only you happy. Even if it's lock yourself in the bathroom after the kids are asleep and play a game on your phone.
  10. Get enough sleep. It's amazing what just doing this one little thing will do for you.
  11. Tell the people you love that you love them more often. SHOW the people that you love that you love them. You never know when you could miss your chance. 
  12. Make more handmade gifts, write more handwritten notes. Send thank yous and cards in the mail. Do the little things that people rarely do anymore but that mean the most.
  13. Take care of your health. Go to the doctor. dentist. therapist. Take care of yourself and value your health the way others value you. Don't keep putting it off. You never know, that pain in your arm could be a lot more than a pulled muscle. 
Have a safe and happy New Year and I hope 2016 brings magical, beautiful, wonderful memories for you and your loved ones.