It might sound very unfestivey (is that even a word?) but as soon as 26 December rolls around each year, I’m just as excited as a kid before Christmas — except all I want to do is pull the tree down.
And make lists.
I love the new year.
It’s like turning a new page; starting fresh with gusto and all kinds of feel-good vibes and positive intentions. I woke up this morning, the first day of January and got busy. In bed, on my laptop — sorting and listing and getting excited for the year ahead.
Because 2017 is going to be a GREAT year. It’s about what you make of it.
Here are a few things I’ve been doing to get my mind into that “Go Get ‘Em!” frame of mind…
Intentions. Rituals. Simplifying life.
- Digital detox. This morning I went to settings on my phone and turned off Facebook and Instagram notifications. I’m embarrased at the amount of times a day (or hour!) I check my phone to see what everyone is up to, or who liked my post. Enough. No more sucking my time; no more social media FOMO.
- Gmail zen. I didn’t know I still had emails from 2013 or Google docs from 2012 or blank documents I’d intended to write. It took me literally half an hour to delete, set up inbox filters — now I get all my favourite bloggers’ emails in one place to read when I need some inspiration, and trash unused Gdocs. And change my background theme. MUCH better.
- Calendar it. Yes, spontaneity is the key to fun, but let’s face it: life is busy. My Google calendar is a lifeline these days. If I don’t block off time to see friends or family for the month, I don’t see them. Same goes for date nights, exercise time, creative project time, etc. At the end of last year, Geoff set up a calendar for both of us on Google calendar. He puts in his Man United games and trail runs, and I put in hair appointments and outings, and such. It works like a dream. And there are no more tantrums when we’ve double booked and need to decide who gets the car.
- Declutter, declutter, declutter. When I’m busy and stressed, I just want to come home and zone out. But it sucks getting home to (my version of) chaos. These holidays I’ve cleaned out my wardrobe and have clothes ready to donate, tidied up the kitchen cupboards and got rid of so many things we don’t use, chucked out magazines from yesteryear, and decided to buy some storage bins to keep things tidier at home — living in a duplex is tricky, but when you simiplify things and declutter, it’s a piece of cake.
- Fix it and move on. Part of my personality is having really high expectations of people. Especially friends and family. In fact, I’ve lost friends because of this. I’ve allowed things to fester and resentment to build; I distanced myself from people and I judged like nobody’s business. Anyway… since I got baptised last November, I made a promise to myself to fix the relationships I wanted to; I made a list of people I wanted to rebuild bridges with. And you know what? By the time Christmas came around, I’d made up with or started working on a better relationship with all three people. How awesome things are once you set out these kinds of intentions and make the effort to do it.
There’s a lot of other things I have planned for 2017, too.
Small things. Fun things. Personal things.
I’ve decided it’s my year to be bold. To work on my self-esteem issues and confidence. To really treat my body like a temple — eat better and challenge my body more.
Travel, adventure, fun, and creativity are all biggies on the horizon for this year.
I have something exciting in the pipeline that I’ve been secretly working on for the past three months after hours. I can’t wait to share it in the upcoming weeks. (The feature image in this post is a tiny hint of what it’s about).
Other than that, I’m going to work on building some new skills, being less hard on myself, judging less, and just being kinder. Because at the end of the day, we’re all just renting room here on Earth. Tomorrow isn’t a given, it’s a gift.
Here’s to 2017 — let’s make it one for the books.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!