It’s been a very sick week at the Jarrell house. While resting in the recliner, tissue box in hand, I had a lot of time to browse Pinterest and dream of the New Year’s party that was to be had. That was, until Ashton became even more sick. At times he coughed so much that I thought he was going to hack up a toe. As of now, he has no voice. He has been so desperate to feel better, he even ate my vegetable soup. Yes, he ate vegetables! So, due to sickness, the New Year’s party will have to wait until next year. If I feel better within the next few hours, I may decide to pull out a few decorations. For NYE, I may put on some leggings in the place of pajama pants. I might even wear sparkly earrings, if they don’t interfere with napping. Of course, there will be champagne no matter how badly I feel. I really do believe that a glass of bubbly makes everything better.
Anyway, as I was pinning, I ran across this fantastic poster. I have no idea who originally created this, but I LOVE it! These are all of the things I need to work on next year. To keep me inspired, I’m going to copy this and hang it where I can read it every day. These are all things that I believe will make me a happier, healthier person in 2015!
1. Believe that anything is possible. Did you know that it is human nature to be negative? Negativity leads to stress, which leads to a weakened immune system. I will think positive, happy thoughts.
2. Start each day with goals. Long term goals can be overwhelming. Break your year-long goals into monthly, weekly, then daily goals. Take it one day at a time! Every morning I will make my list of goals for the day.
3. Eat more real food. No need to make the “I will lose weight” resolution. If you cut out sugar and processed foods, you will most likely lose weight without trying. And, you will look and feel better. Note to self….throw out the Christmas candy.
4. Buy good books and make time to read them. Ugggh! I keep downloading books on my iPad that I never have time to read. I promise myself to set aside one night a week to read…just for my personal enjoyment! No school or nutrition books!
5. Drink water. It’s such a simple thing that makes a big difference. It helps your energy level and your skin. So why don’t I do it? I have no clue….I will include water-drinking in my daily goals.
6. Exercise when it seems like a terrible idea. And most of the time it does….However, I have noticed that it’s very easy to get into the habit of exercising. It’s not as hard as one might think!
7. Shop for quality, not quantity. I experimented with this idea this summer. When I cleaned my closet, I was appalled at the number of things I never wore. They were wasted money! Instead, I buy fewer things I really enjoy. I have noticed that the nicer things hold up much longer. My closet looks neater, too, without being crammed with junk.
8. Purge the unnecessary and decrease clutter. I am a pro at this! In fact, I am sure I overdo it. I get rid of things that I realize I did need after all.
9. Hug the ones I love. Yep. My goal is to hug someone in my family daily. It will be a challenge because I’m not a hugger.
10.Find the best in others. Every person is different. It would be a boring world if everyone were the same. Of course, there is something good that can be found in anyone!
11. Show others the best in me. I need to work on this! I think that if I show others the best in me, I will be able to see the best in me, too.
Don’t lose sight of your New Year’s goals! Throughout the year, remind yourself of your goals and hold yourself accountable. Let’s do this!
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy new year!