33 Ways To Enjoy 2015


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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:

  1. Make a weekly brunch/lunch date with your partner/family.
  2. Clear the clutter – start the year by seeing what you have and what you actually need, get rid of what you don’t.
  3. Drink more water.
  4. Eat more vegetables – they are the short cut to feeling healthy.
  5. Stop being so hard on yourself – learn from your mistakes but forgive your misdemeanour’s and move on.
  6. Spend time having fun with your children – they’re growing up really quickly aren’t they?
  7. Learn something new – a new language, how to dance, ice skating, make a cushion or just socks.
  8. Try a new type of food once a week for a year.
  9. Actually print the photographs on your phone/camera and display – surround yourself with the people and places you love.
  10. Go to a festival – from one day to whole weekends, family friendly to wild, there’s a festival for everyone.
  11. Run (or walk super fast), get knackered, your body and mind will thank you for it!
  12. With so much sadness in the world search out some good news for a change – start with the Huffington Post Good News section.
  13. Create a time capsule with your children (dig it up every 2 or 5 years to see how quickly their world is changing!).
  14. Cook with your family – they’re more likely to eat it if they’ve helped to make it!
  15. Get outside – run, walk, cycle, jump, play, wander, climb or just mooch. Outside is good for your body and soul.
  16. 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.
  17. Create new family traditions to last the year – Fridays night movies, family Sunday lunch, Saturday games night or indoor camp out.
  18. 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.
  19. List your failures and accomplishments – acknowledge your failures but pay more attention to your successes, they will show you where to go.
  20. Smile more.
  21. Laugh more – see the comedy in life, it’s all around us.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Take photographs – you will want to remember these moments.
  25. Create a scrapbook with your partner/children – just think how much you will treasure those memories in 20 years.
  26. 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).
  27. 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.
  28. Eat better – you know what you need to do (eat more vegetables, eat less rubbish), just do it.
  29. Go to the theatre/concert/show – actually attend those things that you think look good but never find the time to do.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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!


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22 Comments on 33 Ways To Enjoy 2015

  1. admin@afamilydayout.co.uk'
    24th December 2014 at 7:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Great list. Mine is to make more of an effort to stay in touch with friends, past and present!

    • Claire
      27th December 2014 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!
      That is a great resolution and I’m sure one we can all relate to.
      Thanks for reading!

  2. jenny@letstalkmommy.com'
    26th December 2014 at 11:56 am (4 years ago)

    What a great idea and fantastic list for 2015! Will have to keep these in mind for more adventures for us in the new year. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and the continual linky support for 2014! Hope to see you again in the new year. Happy Holidays! #sharewithme

    • Claire
      27th December 2014 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!
      Happy new year to you, thanks for hosting such a lovely linky! Xx

  3. mamaramblings@gmail.com'
    27th December 2014 at 3:51 pm (4 years ago)

    What a fab list- thank you! So many really simple ideas that are so easily forgotten or put to one side but make the world of difference! I will definitely be attempting some of these! Have a wonderful 2015 :) x

    • Claire
      29th December 2014 at 5:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, really glad you enjoyed the list! Hope you have a great new year! Xx

  4. christinejberry@gmx.de'
    Christine (Yogaberry)
    29th December 2014 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Great list! Love number 32 :-)
    Do something for yourself when you can. Get a massage, haircut, take a hot bath, go to a yoga class or anything else you enjoy! Your family will benefit when you’re feeling relaxed and happy :-) #sharewithme

    • Claire
      29th December 2014 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

      That is great advice, I think most of us could benefit from taking some time and looking after ourselves – that is definitely up there in my priorities for 2015.
      Thanks for reading – Happy New Year!

  5. mumsdays@gmail.com'
    Hannah Mums' Days
    8th January 2015 at 10:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Some fabulous ideas, I’d like to think I’m embracing a few of them with my 2015 Castles Challenge – the fun bit and the exploring your local area bit!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList – Happy New Year! I recon it’s going to be a good one love xxx

    • Claire
      11th January 2015 at 3:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you! I read about your 2015 Castles Challenge – you really do live in a beautiful part of the world, a great resolution to get out and see it all! Hopefully we will all have lots of fun this year!

  6. katie@poutinginheels.com'
    Katie / Pouting In Heels
    12th January 2015 at 1:14 pm (4 years ago)

    A wonderful list! Thanks ever so much for sharing it. I love January because it enables us all to think more about the year ahead and where we are with our lives.

    I’ve already started making loads of little changes to my life and feel much happier as a result, many of which you mention.

    Oh and can I suggest you try white tea – it’s even healthier than green tea and a MUCH nicer taste. Happy New Year! Hope 2015 is magical xxx


    • Claire
      13th January 2015 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh, white tea? I’m definitely up for anything that tastes better than the green tea I am currently drinking!!
      Good luck with the changes you’re making, I hope to hear how you’re getting on too!

  7. Mum@honestmum.com'
    Honest mum
    12th January 2015 at 2:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this so much, so important to be open to more isn’t it. That’s what 2015 is about for me, appreciating all the little things and being a bit braver to try some crazier things, like a rollercoaster in Liverpool that scared the life out of me (it was for kids but I still screamed the whole way through)! Adore this list, the theatre is so uplifting and I really must get to the cinema more! #sharethejoy

    • Claire
      13th January 2015 at 2:35 pm (4 years ago)

      I used to love rollercoasters and now just the thought makes me a little sick – crazy how we become less sure of things as we get older! You were very brave!
      Thanks for reading – glad you like the list!

  8. bodfortea@gmail.com'
    Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    12th January 2015 at 4:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh wow I totally LOVE this list and I’ve printed it off already to start highlighting the ones I want to add to my list – #13 is so wonderful and #16 fits perfectly with my Journey to Joy theme this year.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #sharethejoy too – so pleased to have found you through our lovely mutual friend x

    • Claire
      13th January 2015 at 4:38 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m so chuffed that you liked my list enough to print it off! If you have any suggestions from your own list I’d love to hear them!
      I’m really looking forward to hearing more about your 2015 ‘joy’ project – my favourite part of blogging is the lovely like-minded people I’m meeting!

  9. admin@circusmums.com'
    12th January 2015 at 4:48 pm (4 years ago)

    What a fabulous list! Some of these I’m doing but others I can’t wait to adopt! I echo your point on spending more time with your kids, of making family traditions and doing something new!
    Shared it on Facebook and may even print it out and put it somewhere I’ll see it regularly so I make sure I stick to it throughout the year!!

    • Claire
      13th January 2015 at 5:41 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s great, I’m so glad you like the list!
      Thanks for sharing it on Facebook! If you have any more suggestions to go on the list I’m always looking for more!

  10. uju@inbox.com'
    Uju @Babesabouttown
    13th January 2015 at 12:37 am (4 years ago)

    This is not just a list for 2015, this is a list for life! Thanks for posting – loads to add to my ‘to do – ta da!’ list too :-)

    • Claire
      13th January 2015 at 4:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much – really glad you like the list! If you have any suggestions for me to add to it please do let me know!

  11. headspace-perspective@outlook.com'
    Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    14th January 2015 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

    Great list! I love how many of these are very simple and achievable. Love the one about challenging yourself in particular. #Sharethejoy xxx

    • Claire
      14th January 2015 at 3:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!
      I’ve got the list up on my wall with space to add new ideas as they come along – if you come up with any of your own please let me know!


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