With the New Year comes big pressure to make new resolutions, lose weight, quit smoking, or otherwise “fix” whatever you think could be better in your life. But what if we were kinder and gentler to ourselves and instead, chose to make small changes… consistently?
I found this quote over at Carrots N Cake and it, along with her list of small changes was one thing that inspired me to write this post. I think it’s SO much healthier to focus on tangible, relatively easy changes than to storm into the New Year with huge, sweeping, lofty goals that almost always set ourselves up for failure. I don’t mean that setting the bar high is a bad thing. I mean that you can tackle those big goals by actively making little adjustments and sticking with them!
Yes, I still have my 2015 Top Five Life List Items to shoot for this year, but I’m also going to work on living a little differently, one baby step at a time.
Peach’s Little Changes:
- Go to bed earlier. I’m usually an 11pm-midnight snoozer… which is probably the reason I’m such a caffeine addict!
- Eat smarter. While strict Paleo doesn’t work for me, I can do much better in the “everything in moderation” category. Portion control is key!
- Move my ass for 30 minutes, 5x a week. Whether it’s walking, running, yoga or strength training, I’m not consistent at all with my workouts. NOTE: this isn’t a weight loss goal (though that would be a nice side benefit)… this is a lifestyle goal. And using my new Garmin Forerunner 15, it’s super easy to know how my progress is going. I love it!
- Less clutter. Why can’t I be one of those people with a tidy home? Clutter seriously drives me crazy and I let it build up until I’m having a hissy fit about the state of the household. I need to be better with putting things where they go and getting rid of junk mail immediately!
- Read more. I’m such a booknerd, but often find that I’m so wrapped up in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc that I won’t put the damn phone down to pick up an actual book or my Kindle. So I made myself a goal on GoodReads for 2015 to read 20 books. I *know* I can beat that, easily. My favorite “me time” is any time I’m curled up with a good book. More of this, please.
How about you? What little changes are you going to make this year to get big results?