HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Since January 1, 2012 I have been taking steps to improve my life. I started with losing weight and embarking on a journey that supports a healthy lifestyle. I worked on eliminating the toxic relationships in my life. I worked on becoming a happier person. 2013 was a journey of divorce. My ex and I weren't on the same page with many things in life; not even following the same book. We tried to get to the same place in life, but we just couldn't get there.
A few days ago I was contemplating New Year's Resolutions and a friend shared this article with me:
Why A New Year's Theme Works Better Than A Resolution.
Click on it :) I could really relate to it. I was about to create a bunch of goals that I did not know if I could achieve in a year. After reading the article I decided to adapt a few themes for 2104 to help me work towards being the person I want to be.
1. Minimalism. I think we are a culture that demands tangible things and immediate rewards. These are two reasons I am not a big on-line shopping. I want instant gratification. I digress...back on topic. I live in a small apartment. I have stuff that has been in boxes since 2002. Have I looked at it in the past 12 years? No. Why do I still have it? How much better would I feel walking into an apartment free of clutter? What value does all this stuff give to me? These are questions I have been asking myself for a couple of years actually. I already started this in my kitchen. I just cleaned out my fridge. Two trash bags and two trips to the recycling bin later...my fridge looks pretty empty, but it contains the amount of food I can consume in a week.
(there is a pic of my cleaned fridge I have been trying to upload here - blogger isn't cooperating)
2. Health. This is a continuation of the past two years. Why? Because it is one of my values. I like the way I feel now much more than I felt two years ago. I love the way I look - although, I think that is a work-in-progress. Who doesn't love a compliment? Who can honestly say they look better at 33 than they did at 18? This girl!
***Part of my health theme is working towards eating cleaner (sorry deep fried cheese curds...). I am going to be following a this plan to get me to eating real food (which I am fairly good at, but there is plenty of room for improvement)
100 Days of Real Food Pledges
I woke up this morning and went grocery shopping I stocked up on semi-in-season fruits and veggies (it is the upper Midwest after all).
***Next is to get back on the physical fitness bandwagon. I miss it. Why did I stop? The reasons are pointless excuses. I found challenges that I can do to keep my head in the game and accountable, and that is what is important. I am debating if I want to start running again, but in order to do that I need to commit to a 5K or something...
***Eliminate unnecessary stress is the last part of this theme. What causes me the most unnecessary stress is worrying about money. I will be following Dave Ramsey's principles to help me reach financial freedom. From time to time you may here me reference this in the blog. The second, I would say is my stuff, clutter, and mess.
I really believe that being minimalist will help me support and lead the ultimate healthiest lifestyle I can lead. What are your goals/resolutions/themes? I am interested in your responses...now off to work out :) Happy Sweating Peeps!