New Year, Now What?
So, it’s a whole new year. So what? Feeling uninspired or overwhelmed? Here are 8 simple ways to change things up and take control this year!
1. Clean out your closet, car, and kitchen cabinets.
- If you haven’t worn it, used it, or needed it in the last 6 months, toss it or donate it!
2. Consider a Capsule Wardrobe.
- Rather than “freshen up” your wardrobe with a bunch of new pieces that you’ll probably forget about by next year, freshen up by choosing your best pieces and create a capsule wardrobe.
- Pick pieces that look great, flatter your body type and that you already gravitate towards. Donate or store the rest and you’ll be surprised how little you miss them and how simple getting dressed will become!
3. Start a new workout routine.
- Are your gym sessions leaving you uninspired? Join a different gym or studio! Take up yoga, join a kickboxing gym, do bootcamp style workouts in the park!
- Check out Groupon for deals in your area if you don’t want to commit. I was able to try Barre Classes, Yoga and a few others for more than half price off without a commitment.
- Also, Meetup.com is a great way to find people with the same interests as you so you can stay active and make friends, for FREE!
4. Create a Bucket List.
- Not really a resolution person? That’s ok- why not create a list for the year of things you want to do or places you want to go, even if it’s simple things like “Clean out my closet” or “make a new friend”
- If you want to take a trip, you don’t have to go far- little road trips are sometimes the best trips! It can be fun to act like a tourist in your own city- go to museums and restaurants you’ve been wanting to try, take a hike you’ve never been on, or drive to a nearby small town with a quirky attraction.
5. Invest in yourself.
- Is there a new skill you want to learn? A certification that you really should get? Go for it! Even if you need to invest a little in a class or some equipment, get going on it- you’ll be glad you did!
6. Take that big leap.
- Switch jobs, take some time off to travel, go ahead and plan on having that baby if it’s the right time (but trust me, there is never going to be a “right time”).
- Start that thing that’s been on the back of your mind for months, maybe years!
7. Make one small change every month.
- They say it takes 30 days to make a habit (or kick a habit), so do one each month and stick with it throughout the year!
- Kick that soda habit, start making your bed every morning, floss, stop hitting snooze, drink 8 glasses of water every day— they don’t have to be monumental changes, but over the course of 12 months, you’ll have 12 new good habits!
8. Get a hold of your finances
- Download a budgeting app (I use Mint), track your spending, see where you can make cuts, start saving, have a goal- it can be for something fun like a car or vacation.
- Look at your debt, start with the most expensive (highest interest rate) balance and come up with a plan to pay it off faster.
- Talk to a financial advisor- check out this article for some great, online inexpensive advisors to get you going.