Okay guys, the new year is right around the corner so it’s time to make some lists and make some changes! Or is the list thing just me?
I’m not usually one for resolutions or goals, but call them “to-do’s” and I’m all over it. I don’t know why, but I’ve always hated coming up with broad goals or deciding that I was going to dedicate a whole year to something. It seems to daunting, and honestly, just too boring. However, making them To-Do’s that I can cross off a list works way better for me. So I guess my point is: do whatever works for you!
I decided to share my 2015 plan on The Lovely Things for a few reasons:
1) it will (hopefully) make me more likely to stick with my plans
2) maybe it will help motivate someone else to follow through on their own To-Do’s : )
Okay, so where to start. A few years ago I read a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I loved it. If you need some motivation and life encouragement it’s definitely worth the read! The way that she writes is way more like a story then a boring non-fiction/self-improvement book – that, and she doesn’t tell you what to do but instead what she did in her own life. Basically she spent a year on a quest to find out what affects people’s happiness in day to day life. She breaks it down by dedicating each month to something specific, like Boost Energy (fitness/organization), Buy Some Happiness (money), Aim Higher (work), etc, etc. While I’m not doing exactly what she did, I used it as a starting point to think about what changes I want to make in my every day life.
Which brings me to what I decided for this year, which I titled:
2015: The Year of Getting Stuff Done!
And here is what I’m going to start with:
Meal Planning. I hate deciding what to make for meals almost as much as I don’t like cooking them, but I’ve heard that meal planning makes both those things less painful. And also is supposed to save a lot of time and money.
Drink water everyday. This might seem strange, but I don’t drink water. Ever. I don’t really drink anything except hot drinks, so I thought I should finally make an actual effort to change that.
Get Moving. I’m guessing exercise is probably the #1 resolution that’s made every year, but really how many of us do enough on a regular basis? I haven’t completely decided how I’m going to keep my motivation for this one up yet (I’m usually a “workout for 3 weeks solid then stop for 6 months” type of person), but I’m thinking it will have to be a combination of different kinds of exercise.
More reading, less internet-ting. I used to love reading books and always had one on the go. But for some reason over the last few years that hasn’t been happening anymore. If I do happen to start a new book I’ll probably finish it in a few days, but that only happens once or twice a year. However, somehow I can spend a few hours browsing through random things online. So time to change that!
Make a year-in-our-life photo book. Last year I really want to do a photo-a-day challenge or something like that for our first year being married. But I didn’t. So no time like the present! I’ve been browsing around (maybe that’s where all my internet time has been going.. ) looking for ideas and inspiration, so I’m just going to go for it and see what I can come up with. **Update: I got this super-hipster-but-really-awesome Intastax camera for Christmas so it will probably play a big part in this. Can’t wait!
Go somewhere. I tend to get restless if I stay in the same place for too long, which is strange because I don’t like moving or things changing all the time. But I guess I have this need to see new things and go places I’ve never been before. The good thing is that can be anything from a day long road trip somewhere to getting on a plane to see somewhere new.
Photography – work and play. Meaning, I want to push my business into the next level, but also bring back to fun of shooting things just for me. It probably seems like it’s something that should just happen naturally for photographers, but after a while you stop bringing your camera with you if it’s not for a job and don’t shoot personal stuff nearly as often. This blog has already helped me shoot more things for myself, but I want to go bigger and better!
Okay, wow. That looks like way more then what I wrote down on my little checklist. But I’m going for it! I’ll be posting updates as I go, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, so keep checking back : ) Happy New Year everyone!