I didn’t really make resolutions, but there some changes I wanted to implement this year. We all start the year with good intentions, don’t we? I imagine we all want to be happier. How do we achieve happines? I don’t really know. But I’ve made a few small changes in my life that have greatly improved my mood, and, perhaps they can help you, too:
Leave work at the door. I’ve always brought work home with me, but I’m learning to let go of the things I cannot change. Once I walk through the door after the day, it’s over. All I can focus on is trying to be better tomorrow.
Make your bed everyday. J and I have different schedules as I wake up at the crack of dawn and am out the door early. I have trouble sleeping, but making my bed (even if it’s right before I crawl back in it) calms me. Who wants to sleep in a chaos of twisted sheets and duvets? Not me.
Light candles. It’s calming and one of my favorite ways to relax in the evening.
Fresh flowers. I buy clearance bouquets from Kroger all the time – $3 goes a long way to add a little brightness to these gray, cold, winter days.
Encourage someone else. God knows if you need a little encouragement, someone else needs it, too. Throw it around like confetti, friends.
Kroger ClickList. We’re blessed to have the means to buy groceries, but, I hate going to the store. In a small town, you’re bound to run into everyone you know – especially when you go in the store in your sweats and hat while you’re buying beer at 9:00 am on a Saturday. ClickList is a life-saver, and I actually spend less money because I’m not buying a bunch of junk.
Buy higher quality food. We cook almost every night and I sometimes try to cut corners at the grocery. But you shouldn’t always buy the generic brand. I buy good olive oil, eggs, produce, and meat. A little extra money makes our meals (and bodies) better.
Unplug. Staying off Facebook and Twitter boosts my mood and my mind. And when I have to engage for blog-related updates, I try to keep it positive. Pretty pictures. Uplifting quotes. Things are tough right now, but being negative online gets us nowhere.
Routine. Sticking to a routine keeps me running. If I deviate from it, things can quickly go to hell.
Clear clutter. We’re making a lot of headway in decluttering our home. I’ve spent the past two weekends cleaning out cabinets and tossing makeup and beauty products. Less stuff makes us both happy. Being intentional with our “stuff” has greatly improved the aesthetic of our house.
Stop comparing yourself to others, but decide what you want your life to look like. Social media is a blessing and a curse – it’s easy to get caught up in the lie that someone else has a perfect life. We know it’s not true, but we spiral out of control over it anyway. Instead of comparing myself, I’ve used it as a goal: how did these women get where they are? How did they start their own business? How are they able to travel so often? What do you want your life to look like? Is there someone who has accomplished it? Follow and learn from them. Reach out. Don’t compare. Get motivated.
Are there some small changes you’ve made in your life? Please share! Happy Monday!