Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season.
I’d love to say mine was great, but it was more “meh” than anything else. In addition to Jim and I both being sick with various strains of the flu from Thanksgiving through Christmas, I was so busy with commitments and work in the month of December that we didn’t even get around to sending out Christmas Cards. That or putting up or Christmas Tree. Every day I would put it off that I was too tired, and before we knew it, Christmas was here!
Instead of getting depressed about it, I’m instead looking at how I put myself in this position and how I can prevent it in 2014. All in all, I think the answer is simple. I need to make it a priority in 2014 to simplify my life and minimize where possible. I take on too many projects, travel commitments and other stresses which I really aren’t 100% necessary. Then as a result, I spend what little free time I have wasting it away on brainless internet browsing and television, instead of spending time with loved ones out and about experiencing new things. I’ve been a total couch potato lately.
To add even more insult to injury, my apartment which Jim and I spent so much time earlier this year streamlining is once again packed to the gills. When you only have 700 square feet to live in, clutter can kill you mentally. My closets are busting at the seams, making it difficult to find shoes and clothing and giving me zero inspiration to be creative in what I wear each day, which is something I usually take great joy in.
So my primary intention for 2014 is simple, I want to minimalize my life. Here’s a quick list on a few things that will be a priority for me.
- Minimalizing my wardrobe. I want to own more high quality, well fitting classic pieces and less trendy pieces I only wear a few times. This goes for clothing, shoes and handbags. I’m thinking a classic, french capsule wardrobe with my own twist.
- Minimalizing my apartment. Currently our apartment is I’d say 80% there. Jim and I only want things around us we absolutely love. Everything else is just taking up space. Also, the less stuff you have the less you have to clean each week which is another benefit for me.
- Minimalizing my spending. I want to stop mindlessly spending on takeout and other non-essentials (shopping included!) and start saving for the things in life Jim and I both really want.
- Minimalizing my commitments. I’m going to stop saying yes to everything. From extra work projects, to girls trips or even after work cocktails during a hell week from work. I’m going to make my health and well-being more of a priority.
- Minimalizing my media consumption. I’m going to watch less TV, surf the internet less and instead use the extra free time with my family and friends, reading a good book, or better yet for more creative endeavors (like my blog!).
Here’s hoping cutting back on these few things will bring me back tenfold a healthier and happier being.
What changes will you be making to make 2014 your best year yet? I’d love to hear your resolutions and intentions!
// ON AN UNRELATED NOTE //
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