It's 2014! Hurrah! Congratulations everyone, we made it through another year and we are now just one year away from hoverboards, according to Back To The Future.
Another year means a fresh start! So here are a few resolutions to make for 2014 that will improve your life - I promise.
1. clean out your closet.
I can't even tell you how many days during the week I go to get dressed and dislike most of what hangs in my closet. Oh no wait, yes I can - it's 7 days a week. Why do we buy these pieces of clothing that "could work" or "might be okay", when we could spend a bit more money or a bit more time searching and pick up a piece of clothing we are EXCITED about? Let's get happy about our fashion in 2014! Buy things you love, even if they're a bit crazy, even if your friend doesn't like it, even if it costs a bit more.
2. get rid of your magnifying mirror.
I know this sounds really specific, but absolutely no good comes from examining every pore of your face. How about you get rid of the magnifying mirror, take a step back, and admire the big picture? No one notices that you have a few blackheads or one stray eyebrow hair, and you shouldn't either. Time spent examining every flaw is time spent incredibly poorly.
3. watch less TV and movies.
I know, this one will be hard - Netflix is basically my boyfriend (don't tell my human boyfriend I said that). But think about it - what do you really gain from watching so much TV and so many movies? Not much. Entertainment. But you can also get entertainment from amazing things such as (stop me if you need the definitions of these) - Books, Exercising, Coffee With Friends, Brunch Dates, Exploring, Road Trips, Music Stores, Concerts, and this very amazing thing called Nature. Switch off the TV and get out there.
4. put your health first.
For some reason, as soon as life gets stressful or time gets crunched or money gets tight, one of the first things that usually falls to the back burner is our personal health. We skip workouts, we forget to take our vitamins, we lose sleep, we put off that doctor's visit. I'm guilty of this too, don't get me wrong! But this year, I'm making a conscious decision to put my health first, and you all should too. See how much better you feel when you decide to keep yourself healthy and happy above all other things - you'll be amazed how your productivity skyrockets.
5. keep a happiness journal.
I started this thing a few years ago when I was on a big life-improvement kick. I bought a really pretty journal, and every day I try to write one short sentence about something nice that happened that day (that I probably wouldn't remember otherwise) - a stranger bought my coffee, I got a compliment, my best friends and I had brunch, I picked up a long-awaited book, I had a laughter-filled dinner with my parents. You will be amazed at all of the tiniest things that make your day better. And when you're having a bad day, it's so comforting to be able to read through all the great things that have happened to you this year and know that things ain't so bad after all.
happy 2014 everyone!