We’re 21 days into the New Year. I love a list of goals like the next wannabe-over-achieving person.
The trouble is that January always feels like one glorious, balmy (see I’m even romanticising the hot, humid weather) holiday. Even if I’m not on one.
Over the last few years, I’ve learned to just go with this feeling and not beat myself up that I’m not ready to take on the new year from Day 1.
Because that’s OK.
Maybe you’re like me? Maybe you’re easing your way into the New Year?
Consider this list a little nudge … a list of possible ways to change it up for 2015.
How should you use the list?
Not at all if it’s not your thing. But if you are looking for a little nudge or six, then what I suggest is that you read through the list and take note of the ideas that “speak” to you.
Those ideas should form your list.
Prioritise your list. What – if acted upon – would make the biggest difference to your life right now?
How would you feel if you acted upon and ticked off your list?
I’m guessing pretty damn good. So let’s play, shall we?
1. Edit your wardrobe so that everything in it makes you FEEL fabulous.
2. Make a working list of clothes you need to buy to fill any gaps and fill those gaps over the next few months.
3. Make a list of things you want to buy – your lust list – and treat yourself if your budget allows throughout the year.
4. Photograph your outfits every day – you can share them with #everydaystyle on Facebook or Instagram – or just keep as a record for yourself. A photo helps us to see if an outfit works as a whole and just knowing you’re going to photograph it (even if you’re not sharing) will help you to plan and prioritise what you wear and how you feel on any given day.
5. Experiment with new ways of wearing the same garments.
6. Be fashion-inspired by others but work on creating your own style – there is no-one else out there like you so show us that person.
7. Dress in a way that makes you feel confident. Not in a way that conforms to so-called fashion rules.
8. Edit and cull your beauty drawer, cabinet or makeup bag, keeping only those things that make you feel fabulous.
9. If your current skincare routine doesn’t seem to be working, change it.
11. Learn new ways of applying your makeup. Professional makeup artists have so many tips to share and Youtube has a tonne of videos to work through. No one person has the RIGHT way of doing it, find a way that works for you.
12. Buy a new lippie. Just because.
13. Change your hair style.
14. Change your hair colour.
15. If your current hair stylist doesn’t share your vision for change, change your stylist.
16. Get a professional blow dry. For a special occasion or just because. I can make mine last four days or more. That’s many value-for-money, good-hair days.
17. Save time on your hair styling by getting a treatment that improves the health of your hair.
18. Find new ways to style your hair. Christina Butcher’s Hair Romance is an ideal buy for women with shoulder length or longer hair wanting to experiment with new styles.
19. Book in with your hair stylist for a session to show you how to wield your styling irons.
20. Be grateful for your current job or business.
21. Seek out another job or business idea if your current one doesn’t make you happy.
22. Focus on you – don’t get involved with things you can’t control in your job or business.
23. Stuck and can’t see what direction to take with change in your work life, talk to someone. Seek out a life and/or business coach. They’re not just for celebrities or high-powered business people.
24. Make friends with your finances. I’m doing the Denise Duffield-Thomas’ Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp. It contains my kind of woo-woo and it’s already shifting my money mindset.
25. If you are a blogger and want to make it your business. Or just want to get organised about your blogging, then check out my friend Kate McKibbin’s Secret Bloggers’ Business course and planner. If you’re new to blogging or really wanting to nail your content ideas then check out my friend Chantelle’s Clever Cookie School of Blog. If you’re thinking of starting, this e-book is for you – How to Start a Blog by Louisa Clare.
26. Volunteer. At your school; sporting club; or at a charity that means something to you. Giving back to the community that supports you and your family is a VERY good thing.
27. Find a way to get active in a way that you love – so you stick at it. Not everyone wants to run marathons; not everyone wants to do yoga. Do what feels good for YOU.
28. Eat good food that makes you feel good. Listen to your body. Some days that could be a leafy green salad. Some days that could be bacon.
29. Only eat when you’re hungry.
30. Struggling with finding that hunger feeling? Try the 5:2 Diet. I’ve done it most weeks for about 18 months now. It’s my re-set button each week or after a holiday way and has the full support and approval of my GP.
31. If you like/love/can’t live without a vino or two then aim for a few alcohol-free days each week.
32. Buy a SodaStream and replace the vino on those days with lime and soda. In a nice glass. Trust me, the glass is essential.
33. Can’t eat gluten or want to reduce the carbs in your day? I’ve been ordering and eating Protein Bread for more than a year now. I even travel with it (enter the code stylingyou at checkout for 10% discount off your first order).
34. Always have baby spinach on hand. Seriously – despite this documented hiccup with the online grocery delivery – if you have a bag of this in the fridge, you can create a simple, healthy meal in minutes.
35. Stock your pantry/desk at work with healthy snacks. Harvest Box can organise delivery each week to your office or home. Love that portions are sorted.
36. If you have a niggling back, sore neck or just feel out of whack, see somebody who can help. It may be a physio, a chiro, a massage therapist. Just do something. You’re worth it.
37. If you have ongoing emotional issues see a professional. You’re worth it.
38. Read more books that make you feel good. Join a book club – in real life – or online.
39. Switch off your devices. If you can. If you can’t, don’t beat yourself up about it.
40. It’s never too late to learn something new. Book that photography course. Learn how to make a terrarium. Create a gourmet meal from scratch.
41. Go on dates – with your partner, your friend/s, your kids (individually) – there’s nothing wrong with scheduling time with people who fill up your soul.
42. Travel. Or make plans to travel. It doesn’t have to be an epic overseas adventure (although that would be nice), even a weekend away somewhere new or somewhere that’s a fave place will be so restorative.
43. Learn how to meditate. I’m pretty crap at this myself but I’m working on it.
44. Say NO more often. If something doesn’t excite you, don’t do it. Mostly we say yes to not disappoint others which makes no sense as we’ll end up disappointing ourselves.
45. Say YES more often. Say yes to anything that brings a smile to your face or goosebumps to your body.
46. Make time to just BE.
47. De-clutter your space. Start with the room in which you spend the most time and declare it a chaos-free zone. For me it’s my office, the living room and our bedroom. I find when those areas are cluttered, I’m a little cluttered inside.
48. Get organised with paperwork. That dumping spot on the kitchen bench or magnet on the fridge – when was the last time you cleared it out? I find if I let it go longer than a week then important things don’t get paid, signed or talked about.
49. Decorate your space. There is something quite wonderful about spending time at home, I think, so why not make it a space that reflects who you are … a bit like your wardrobe should do too.
50. Move furniture around for a different feel to the same room. I’ve been doing that since I was a kid. Love the fresh and the new.
51. Light your favourite candles. Don’t “save” them.
52. Use the good crockery. Who are you saving them for? Aren’t you important enough?
53. Drink from lovely tea/coffee cups and glasses. It really does taste better.
54. Download the photos on your camera or phone and create a photobook or magnets of your favourites. Digital is great but I do have fewer visual records of great photos on show than I did when I had to get photos “developed”.
55. Set up a shared phone/device calendar in the cloud and get all the device users/owners in your house on board with adding in their appointments and work schedules so that everyone knows what’s happening when. So much more useful on the go than a physical calendar (particularly if you have teenagers!).
56. Treat yourself to new bed linen. Sheets that softly envelope you as you go off to sleep.
57. Buy a topper for your mattress. Aside from quality sheets, it’s the quickest way to create a “hotel at home”. Trust me, you’ll never go back.
Remember, this list is just a working list. Create your own list. Find things from this list that resonate with you and make them happen in 2015.
And tell me, what would make a good addition to this 57? What are you working on to change it up in 2015?