With 2014 drawing to a close I’ve been reflecting on what has worked this year (and what hasn’t). I haven’t made any specific resolutions yet but I have come up with a list of ways to improve my 2015 and thought I’d share them with you.
Here’s my list of 33 ways to enjoy 2015:
- Make a weekly brunch/lunch date with your partner/family.
- Clear the clutter – start the year by seeing what you have and what you actually need, get rid of what you don’t.
- Drink more water.
- Eat more vegetables – they are the short cut to feeling healthy.
- Stop being so hard on yourself – learn from your mistakes but forgive your misdemeanour’s and move on.
- Spend time having fun with your children – they’re growing up really quickly aren’t they?
- Learn something new – a new language, how to dance, ice skating, make a cushion or just socks.
- Try a new type of food once a week for a year.
- Actually print the photographs on your phone/camera and display – surround yourself with the people and places you love.
- Go to a festival – from one day to whole weekends, family friendly to wild, there’s a festival for everyone.
- Run (or walk super fast), get knackered, your body and mind will thank you for it!
- With so much sadness in the world search out some good news for a change – start with the Huffington Post Good News section.
- Create a time capsule with your children (dig it up every 2 or 5 years to see how quickly their world is changing!).
- Cook with your family – they’re more likely to eat it if they’ve helped to make it!
- Get outside – run, walk, cycle, jump, play, wander, climb or just mooch. Outside is good for your body and soul.
- Be grateful – I know that is sometimes the last thing we want to do but appreciating what we do have is the cornerstone of happiness.
- Create new family traditions to last the year – Fridays night movies, family Sunday lunch, Saturday games night or indoor camp out.
- Do something different with your style – get a new haircut, try on outfits you would usually avoid in the shops, wear a different colour or dye your hair.
- List your failures and accomplishments – acknowledge your failures but pay more attention to your successes, they will show you where to go.
- Smile more.
- Laugh more – see the comedy in life, it’s all around us.
- Go on a local adventure – explore a different area, a local beach or nature reserve. Search online for suggestions in your local area. There is so much new to discover within an hour of your house.
- Plan 2015 with your partner – how do you want it to look and feel for your family, where do you want to go, what do you want to see.
- Take photographs – you will want to remember these moments.
- Create a scrapbook with your partner/children – just think how much you will treasure those memories in 20 years.
- If you feel stuck or sad about an aspect of your life treat yourself to some counselling or coaching sessions – a problem shared…(to find a qualified counsellor visit the BACP website).
- Reinstate date night – or just do date night (if your like us and have never quite gotten around to it). Dinner, drinks, fish and chips on a bench, the cinema, bowling, rock climbing or running together; whatever floats your boat just make the time for each other.
- Eat better – you know what you need to do (eat more vegetables, eat less rubbish), just do it.
- Go to the theatre/concert/show – actually attend those things that you think look good but never find the time to do.
- Cook seasonally and shop responsibly – think about your world, the food and the clothes you buy, do the best you can with the resources you have.
- Appreciate your body – we’re not getting any younger, our bodies are the only true home we’ll ever have so it makes a lot of sense to look after them.
- Drink green tea – in my opinion it tastes like cat’s piss but it’s a flavour I’ve come to appreciate (add lemon to detract from the piss-ness). The benefits are many.
- Challenge yourself – fancy a 5k? Start running, write 500 words a day, post daily, plan the trip you’ve always wanted to take, charity trek/run, volunteer, apply for a promotion/new job, study, make 2015 the year you say yes.
Have I missed anything? I’d love to hear your suggestions!