I’m relatively new to the making New Year’s resolutions thing, because for my whole life I’ve steered away from it preferring to make resolutions throughout the year. But last year I jumped on board, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It’s kind of fun to look back over a year, remember everything you’ve done, and then look forward to the things you’d like to accomplish in the next year. I’m still making resolutions throughout the year, (most of the time I make resolutions on a weekly basis to keep life in check) but I love this new tradition of looking at the year from a whole perspective.
My husband and I actually sit down together over an Antipasto Platter, eat snacks, and discuss what we’d like to see change and what we’d like to do in the New Year to come. It actually makes for a great ‘date night in’ and it’s become an instant tradition with us. One thing we’re doing this year is to write down all the fun things we want to do this year, and start blocking out some time for them. It’s easy to get caught up in the more serious resolutions, and there is a place for that, but time flies so quickly that scheduling in the things you really want to do keeps life fun as well.
We noticed last summer that the weeks were flying by, and pretty soon the summer was over before we really had a chance to do some of the things we wanted to do. (So many mountains to climb and places to travel… yet so little time)!
It was our goal to slow life down long enough to have a few campfires over the summer, and we did accomplish one campfire before we had a terrible fire season, and campfires of any kind were shut down. So instead of sitting by a campfire, we accomplished our goal by having a few evenings at Lake McDonald (pictured above) where we had a picnic dinner, and did nothing but live in the moment. And you know what? the memories of those evenings are absolutely priceless. There’s nothing quite like relaxing to the utmost that helps me be more productive and accomplish what I need to during the week.
Every year there seems to be an endless bucket list of things I want to do, places to go, and mountains to climb – but the reality is there isn’t a huge amount of time once you subtract time for work and everyday life. So this year, I want to pick a few things that I’ve been wanting to do forever and tentatively schedule them out. Instead of taking out our vacation time all at once, this year we’re going to make the best of any 3-4 day weekends by prescheduling a couple extra days off around the holiday so that we can maximize time off.
This is a great way to get a week off by only taking 3 vacation days, and since we both work 4 – 10 hour shifts it becomes theoretically easier to take time off. (I say theoretically because we’ve only managed to take time off once so far in the year an a half my husband has been working in the states – somehow our time off keeps getting canceled – long story.) Anyways… since we’ve seen a number of long weekends away be cancelled at the last minute, we’ve resolved to be firm about our time off in 2016.
There are so many things I want to work on in the New Year, but my number 1 resolution is to take more time off to do the things I love doing!
I’ve found that prioritizing some time off is everything for me in accomplishing anything else I set out to do. If I don’t get some time off I become exhausted and really start dragging my heels in every aspect of life. The times where I have a whole weekend off tromping through the mountains or doing something new is when I have the most productive work weeks.
I always surprise myself with how much I’m able to get done when I feel rested and relaxed from a great weekend! I’ve been absolutely terrible at taking regular time off in the last few years, and while I could blame it on life’s circumstances because it has been crazy, I prefer to lay the blame right where it belongs, which is on me. I have to make time off or it’s never going to happen, it’s really as simple as that!
So… finally with some of my time off (when I’m not in the mountains) these are the things I want to do in 2016:
- Continue to work on eating healthy, I think there’s always room for improvement and I want to keep increasing my daily intake of fruits and veggies. I’ll be sharing lots of my favorite fruit and veggie packed recipes on Facebook and Instagram during the month of January so you can follow along if you’d like some extra inspiration.
- Do more yoga! I’ve been pretty consistent in doing 10 minutes of yoga a day for a while now, and while I know this sounds like a small amount, it’s a huge achievement for me. Due to my car accident injuries, yoga has been impossible for a number of years. But now that things have improved, yoga has become the number 1 thing I should be doing to continue improving. For January I’m doing 30 days of yoga in a row for at least 30 minutes a day. I’m doing the Yoga Camp with Adrienne which has been incredibly awesome! It’s free to sign up, and she also has all sorts of great yoga practices on her YouTube channel for free as well. I’m a little apprehensive about increasing my time spent doing yoga because I haven’t been able to commit to any kind of workout for over 5 years now, but I’m going to stick out each class even if I mostly have to sit on the mat and stretch. This is going to be a huge challenge from what I’m used to and even if my body isn’t up to it, I’m committing to the full length of each video class. If I can’t keep up with the yoga class, I’ll stretch and do my physical therapy exercises to make up the rest of the time.
- Have a date night once a week with my husband – this really shouldn’t be that hard since we don’t have kids, but it’s been surprisingly difficult due to constantly changing schedules. One of my oldest and best-est friends has 2 small children at home, and I’m completely amazed at her ability to make time for working and family time. She and her husband also have a non-negotiable date night every week. I figure if she can do it, there’s certainly no excuse for me not to be able to!
- Simplify our possessions – plain and simple, we have too much stuff for our small house! Things have added up over the years while we’ve been busy with immigration and living in 2 countries, but now that things have finally stabilized, I want to finally go through some of our boxes from moving, (yes… that’s right, I still haven’t unpacked our moving boxes from a couple years ago)! I’m excited to find some things I need in there and to get rid of a whole bunch of stuff I don’t. Over our time living in both Canada and the States, we basically accumulated 2 houses full of stuff and we certainly don’t need all that.
Well… I think that’s more than enough to keep me busy for 2016! I’d love to know what your resolutions for the New Year are, and let me know if there’s a recipe you’d like to see a healthy makeover for!