Looking at my calendar for this week, it seems weird. There are no blog posts to write, there are no reviews to try out. It has been quiet around here. It reminds me of why I started blogging to begin with. I have been doing some reflecting over the past few days and I have come up with 10 things I’m going to do different in 2015.
Over the course of 2014 life has pretty much consumed me. Work has been ferocious (which is a good thing), but in all the hustle and bustle, I have not been able to enjoy much of anything. I’ve been glued to the computer and it has made it hard to go and enjoy my family and other things.
This year though is going to be different for me. I have 10 places in my life where I am going to make some changes.
1. Learning to say NO to some things
This year, I am going to say no more than I did in the past, especially with my blogging. I have been accepting every single campaign on the planet just to make a few dollars. I am finding out that when I say no to the ones that are pretty much irrelevant to what I write about, there is this empowerment that comes with the word NO. It makes me feel like I am back in control of things. This way, I can write more about the things I love and less about the things I could care less about.
2. Traveling More
I plan on traveling more with my family and for my blog this year. I turned down some amazing adventures this past year because of fear and being gone, but travel is in my blood and I love watching my family’s face as they experience something new. I remember how I felt when I went to San Francisco this year and got to visit Chinatown. That was something I will always cherish.
3. Spend more time with friends
I have pretty much stayed to myself this year because of my blog. I am going to get out more and visit friends and family and reconnect with the people that I love. I want to be an “all in” person and I am totally sick of looking at the screen all day.
4. Cook more with my family
I love the culinary background and am even thinking of taking a few culinary classes myself. I am going to cook more and make meals that I would not normally make and experience and taste foods I have only dreamed about.
5. Write more
Over the past few years I have said that I wanted to write my book, and share more heartfelt posts here on my site. I have done neither because of being too busy. That is all about to change this year. I am going to make every effort to finish my book and share my heart with you all here. In fact, I shared all my fears in this post about what I am waiting for. I just reread it and thought — WOW! I need to take my own darn advice.
6. Simplify my life
When I look around at my home, I realize I have SO much stuff that I feel cluttered. I am going to simplify some things and make life more enjoyable for me. I feel better when my house is organized and looking clean.
7. Take care of ME
Starting in January, I am joining the gym and am going to start working out and taking care of me. So many of my friends have passed away this year because of not taking care of themselves. This is definitely going to be a priority in 2015.
8. Find ME time again
I love to crochet and read books or just lay out in the sun. This year, I am going to work on doing all three. I need that ME time back and I used to feel bad for taking the time to enjoy some down time. Not anymore. I am going to carve out time each day to do something I love.
9. Goal plan and stick to it
Each month, I am going to set goals to accomplish for the month. This is to help me feel more in control and make my life more streamlined and organized. Not resolutions but goals. There is a big difference. Goals are obtainable. Resolutions get broken. I am going to put into practice these 5 tips for goal setting I came up with this summer.
10. Love my husband more
One of my friend’s lost her husband this week unexpectedly and the other person I know, her husband went into cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve. That was a huge wake up call to me to stop being annoyed by all the little things going on, but to embrace my husband and his little quirks and enjoy the time I have with him. I might wake up one day and he will be gone, or I might be gone.
I plan on really enjoying 2015 to it’s fullest and embracing life this year. I don’t know about you, but I am kind of tired of just getting by. I am ready to move forward in 2015.
What about you? What are you planning on doing differently in 2015?