New Year - New You (BAH HUMBUG!)

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New Year - New You?

You see them everywhere after the New Year. Those silly “New Year - New You” Challenges. The 28-Day Detox. The 365-Day Path to Making a Million Dollars by 2020. The Declutter Challenge. I say, “Bah, Humbug!”

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Rather, I set intentions. So this year in 2019, I intend to write more content more often, so you can have more information and inspiration to make you own living space more comfortable and more beautiful.

Start Small

Even if you are trying to lose weight, you start with small goals, like drinking 2 extra glasses of water a day, or walking for 15 minutes a day, or eat one less carb per day. Your initial intention might be to just lose 5% of your body weight. Small goals.

Set a small intention. Clear off your nightstand. Clean out ONE drawer or ONE shelf of a kitchen cupboard. Donate 3 items to charity. But not all at once, and not on the same day. Maybe set a timer for 15 minutes, and do ONLY what you can in that 15 minutes. Stop when the bell rings. Pick up where you left off tomorrow.

Get an Accountability Buddy

I have a friend who called me a few months ago, and she asked me to be her “painting buddy.” What this means is she set an intention to paint in watercolors, and I am her accountability buddy by doing the activity along with her. (I haven’t painted since I was a child, but now that I am doing this frequently, I truly enjoy it!) She is now painting and forcing herself to step away from her high-stress job, if for only a couple of hours a month.

Perhaps you can enlist the help of an accountability buddy so you are more apt to keep your intention. Open your closet, take a photo, and send it to your accountability buddy. Have them do the same. In a couple of weeks, send each other photos of your progress. You can encourage one another, but you will make progress!

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Don’t Be Hard on Yourself

You know—we are only human, and there are only so many hours in a day. And life happens! Your kids get sick, an ice storm knocks out your power, or some other life interruption happens. That is just a normal part of life.

When the dust settles, know that it was a speed bump—a little challenge meant for you to hurdle. And get back to your intention. Be kind to yourself as you settle back in.

Which leads me to one final piece of advice. Take care of yourself. Remember, a flashlight cannot run on dead batteries. The popular author and businessman Steven Covey calls it “Sharpening the Saw.” Self-care is not just a word in Buzzword Bingo; it’s important to each and every one of us.

Self-care can mean taking a yoga class, meditating at home, listening to soft music, or going to bed half an hour early. It can mean treating yourself to a new set of bedding for your bedroom, so you settle into downy softness as your head hits the pillow every night. Treat yourself.

Set intentions for 2019, not resolutions that are easily broken. Write your intentions down, or get a friend to help you stay accountable. And be patient and kind with yourself, just as you would to someone you love. What is your intention for 2019?

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