One of my favourite sites, Domaine.com, had some on point ‘suggestions’ for making 2016 a standout year. Among their list of Thirty Resolutions Everyone Can Try were a few that really resonated:
1. Drink more champagne (we know it’s good for your health) and we can come up with at least 22 reasons why you should always have it on hand.Make coffee at home instead of dropping dollars on an artisanal blend every day.
2. Revamp your living room with a coffee table makeover.
Scratch that, I’ll enjoy the beautiful space I’ve made for myself and stop wasting current joy in the search for future ‘perfection’ – because we all know that the perfect home is just one scan of Pinterest away from the next impulse to redecorate.
4. Stop worrying (as much).
I’d like to see how that works… worry is my biggest nemesis. But I’ll give it a shot.
6. Plan a trip to South America.
Or anywhere. Yes, please.
10. Learn a week’s worth of new recipes.
I’m always excited to try out a new recipe.
12. Keep a gratitude journal.
13. Throw a themed dinner party.
15. Declutter your home and your workspace.
18. Streamline your Gmail. You’ll feel like a new person when your inbox is organized.
22. Remove the word “sorry” from your vocabulary (at least during business hours)
24. Take care of yourself. You can never underestimate “me time.”
25. Stop repeating the same relationship mistakes.
29. Get creative with date night.
Yes, these are things I can get behind.
But, while these all sound like things I’ll probably do… I don’t want to set myself up with any more fake expectations and hypothetical ‘to do’ lists that will add stress, or guilt (ultimately), rather than add joy and well-being. I hate being told what to do, even by myself.
Instead, I’ll embrace listening to myself, my gut, my emotions and my instincts. I will stop eating when I’m satisfied (thanks, Alanis); I’ll dance like no one is watching, and like everyone is watching, because I know I’m a performer, but I’ll be doing it for myself. I’ll take pole-fit classes, because it’s fun … and taking care of myself should be a pleasure. I will try to improve my spinal health – because you only get one of those, and having a sore back and shoulders makes me cranky. Proactivity is the word of 2016. I will say now not later, unless I really don’t feel like it. I will try to let more things slide, except the things I really care about. I will be nice to myself and let all those good vibes reverberate out into the relationships around me.
That … I can commit to.