Since it's officially 2 full months into 2018, I thought I'd write a new year post... makes sense, right? But don't you just love the new year? I love a blank slate. Like me, I'm sure you have a list of things you're trying to do differently this year to improve your life and general sense of wellness.
Something I really want for myself in 2018 is
s i m p l i c i t y .
Less clutter, less stress, more peace, more enrichment.
I've started 5 new practices this year to help simplify my life and I wanted to share them with you, because I know you value a peace-filled life, just like I do. So here we go:
1.) MORE ENRICHMENT - Podcasts. I've listened to more podcasts this month alone than I did all year last year. I listen when I drive, when I do housework, when I'm editing photos... I've found there are lots of times in my day that I can supplement music with the useful and encouraging information found in podcasts. And if I'm listening to the right podcast, then I do feel more peace-filled and less stressed. Here are my top three favorites. Oh, also, podcasts are FREEEEE and that is amazing. [The Brian Buffini Show for boooooming business motivation and general life improvement hacks, Dear Daughters to fill the love tank, Bethel to grow in my faith]
2.) LESS STRESS - Leaving the phone in my office at night. No more waking up to sad current events. No more hearing emails buzz into my inbox just as I close my eyes. No more radiation (yikes). I'm slow slow slowwwwing my roll and my first step is to ditch my cell phone each evening. And solution to the alarm issue? I'm buying an alarm clock! Though honestly I haven't found one I like yet (apparently I have very specific alarm clock needs, aka soft wake up, snooze button, and needs to be attractive). So until I find one I like, my husband is working as a fine alarm clock. :)
3.) LESS CLUTTER - New item comes in, old item goes out. Anytime I purchase a new article of clothing, I cull through my closet and purge pieces that no longer bring me joy or use. One comes in, one goes out. Less clutter, less stress. Quality over quantity.
4.) MORE ENRICHMENT - Photos! I looked back through my camera roll last year and was sad to discover that though I take photos of people for a living, I had very few of my own life! So this year I'm going to use my iPhone more for day to day memories and also I'll be booking photos sessions for me and my husband!
5.) MORE PEACE / LESS STRESS - Goals. I've actually never been a goal setter in the past, but this year I've set both personal and professional goals. How is this helping me have more peace and less stress? I've set realistic goals for myself and I've organized them into bite-sized quarterly chunks instead of just looking at the big huge goals I want for all of 2018. Waking up every day and looking at a colossal year end goal can be stressful! But waking up and daily looking at my small, building block goals that will lead me to a grander goal for 2018 is less stressful and a far more sustainable way to create and institute self improvements.
And that's it! I hope this list has helped or inspired you in some way as our first month of 2018 comes to a close.
Finally, if there's any way I can bless or encourage you please feel free to reach out! And if #4 struck a cord in you too, then you know how to reach me! Spring is coming and it would be so fun to play in the wildflowers!