It’s truly astounding that today is the end of January and it’s time for my goal checkin already! It’s been a wild and wonderful month full of date nights, birthdays, hard work, volunteering, girl time, a little pampering, and a lot of personal enrichment. As I look back on this short little 31 day journey, I’m reminded of all the fun I’ve had already and all the fabulous things ahead this year.
Here’s what I’ve learned this January:
TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
As many of you who follow me on social media know, I took some time to teach myself hand lettering this month, and I can’t believe how far I’ve come since January 3rd (I got started a little late).
I fully expected to hate the tedious nature of the work, but I’ve grown accustomed to the supportive artistic feedback, the challenge of lettering my favorite quotes, and the opportunity to continue crafting something beautiful for a few minutes every day. This tiny little thing has taught me to truly take a few minutes for something creative and something just for me every day, and I couldn’t be happier at how it makes everything else go smoother and better throughout the week. Bottom line: take a few minutes to do something you love every day. You hear it all the time, but how often do you really do it?
MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER
Jordan and I love to cook and bake, but truth be told, it’s way more fun on the weekends when we have time to experiment and really take our time with our recipes. So during the month of January, we relied heavily on Crockpot meals to ease the strain of making lunch (and dinner) during the hectic workweek. I’m thrilled with the results in terms of our planning and stress and I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier life is knowing your lunch is packed before you even get out of bed in the morning! I urge you to take something that’s causing you stress in your life and find a way to make it a little bit easier – you’ll be so, so glad you did!
RECOGNIZE YOUR PROGRESS
Truth: I’m a Diet Dr Pepper addict and I tried to quit cold turkey this month. (Spoiler alert: it didn’t happen.) But I did encourage myself to majorly cut down on my consumption of it, along with adding more water and cutting down on caffeine in my coffee and tea, and I’ve been largely successful. This one will be a lifelong struggle as it often is with night owls like me, but I’m proud that I’m reaching for water more and sleeping better because I’m not consuming as much caffeine. Thus, I didn’t make my goal this month, but I did make progress, and that’s something I feel great about.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
I mean really new. Something you’ve always wanted to do but never had time to try, or something that scared you a little. Seriously. I’ve made a list of twelve things I’ve always wanted to do but never have, and this year, I’m going to do my best to tackle them. Think long and hard about a goal you want to achieve, and go after it fiercely – you’ll feel great knowing you had the courage to try it at least once and you’ll be happily surprised by your successes at the end of this year!
I hope you had a fabulous January and I look forward to all the wonderful things coming up in February!