As the new year approaches, you’ve probably started giving some thought to the things you’d like to accomplish over the next 12 months. Although the hard part of new year’s resolutions is sticking to them, sometimes just coming up with a list of things we’d like to accomplish in the new year can be extremely challenging. So here are a couple of ideas to get you started!
In 2015, you can…
Learn more about yourself with lists
I really love this “52 Lists” challenge, created by Moorea Seal. It’s a way to help you get in touch with your goals, your comforts, your mind, and yourself! Although Moorea never quite completed all 52 lists, she provides 20 to get you started; plus, you can go ahead and make your own, too, tailored to the things you find important. The gist: Each week, you’re supposed to spend a few minutes tackling a new list (which sounds pretty dreamy for a list-lover like me). At the end of the year, you’ll have a deeper look at the things you love, the person you are, and the person you want to become.
Embark on a reading challenge
I love taking on an annual reading challenge. Typically, I track mine through Goodreads, which lets you set up a goal for the year, then keeps count of the books you read. (It’s especially awesome if you have a Kindle, as the two can sync up.) But I stumbled across this “Reading Challenge” posted by PopSugar and I think I want to try it in 2015! It takes the general “read [x] number of books” idea and adds another layer by varying the types of books you’re reading.
Start a happiness jar
I’ve seen these jars called “smile jars” and “gratitude jars” and “positivity jars” and “accomplishment jars” but they all have the same idea — you’ve got to commit to keeping track of the moments in your life that make you happy. Although perhaps a bit cheesy, I think the idea is sweet; as someone who struggles with low self-esteem (and anxiety), it can sometimes be difficult for me to keep things in perspective. Having something like this lying around would be really good for me!
To make your own, pick up a mason jar (or recycle an old jar) and cut up a bunch of strips of paper. Leave the jar, paper, and a pen in a visible area in your home. Then, write down things that make you feel good on the piece of paper and toss it in the jar. You can write down your best accomplishments, things that happened to you that made you smile, happy memories, things you’re grateful for, kind words people have said to yourself, or a combination of all of these.
Whatever you do, be sure to record the moment on the slip of paper and stash it in the jar. Aim to add at least one good thing to the jar each week. At the end of the year (or whenever you need the pick-me-up), return to the jar and it’ll be full of things that make you smile, lift you up, and give you confidence.
Commit to doing one act of kindness each week
Each year, I often find myself wishing I used more of my time to give back. By committing to doing one kind thing each week, you’ll guarantee you use your time and energy for good. I’ve already got the list of 52 Random Acts of Kindness created for you!
Start saving some money
Ugh. How often do you find yourself wishing you had a little extra cash lying around? Whether it’s because you found a killer pair of boots or you’re a little behind on bills, it never hurts to have an “emergency stash” of money, even beyond the money in your savings account. (BTW: definitely have money in your savings account. If you don’t yet, try making that a New Year’s resolution!) So maybe invest in a cute piggy bank to store your extra change, or try this 52-week Money Jar Challenge, or really, really commit to putting away 10% of your paycheck. This is your year — you can do it!
Make a bucket list
Nix the idea of creating lofty goals you’d maybe kind of sort of like to accomplish in the next year. Instead, make a concrete list of things you’d like to do in 2015. They can be simple (try one new type of coffee) or they can be silly (sing a song while on top of the Empire State Building); they can be useful (learn HTML) or they can be personal (call, don’t text, your BFF once a week); whatever they are, they should be tangible and also something you want to accomplish!
And now I officially have to start coming up with my own list of resolutions for next year. Help me out! What are some of the things you’d like to take on in 2015?