I hope that I am not the only one, but I definitely feel like the older you get the faster the time just flies right by. As I recently reflected on 2016 I was reminded that despite various difficult times throughout the year, my family and I are extremely fortunate to live the life we lead.
2016 was my family’s first full year in our new home, (after having a crazy last few months of 2015 with trying to sell and buy a home all at once). 2016 brought an extremely special addition to our family, our amazing dog Jaxie. Even more exciting in 2016 was that Jaxie gave birth to seven very sweet little boys in early December!
Every year our family sets a goal to travel even more than we did the previous year, as well as travel somewhere new, and we accomplished that with multiple trips and vacations planned throughout the year.
To best sum up 2016, I won’t say that it was all rainbows and butterflies, but I am beyond grateful that my family is healthy, my kids continue to display kind attitudes in their daily lives (for the most part), we have incredible friends and our home is often full of laughter and love.
So with all of those positive things said, I started thinking about ways to improve both mine and my family’s life even more in the coming year.
I came up with a list of 15 simple things that anyone can do in order to enrich your life in the new year.
15 Simple Things You Can Do To Enrich Your Life In The New Year
1. Get rid of negative people in your life.
This applies to both family and friends.
As my very wise daughter would say, “good people fill your bucket instead of emptying it.”
2. Stay away from drama and anyone who creates it or participates in it.
3. Be kind.
I truly believe that kindness is contagious. Don’t be stingy with it, instead spread kindness around like confetti.
4. Take time for yourself and practice self-care.
This is something I definitely adhere to each and every year, especially because it is so important for your own well-being to decompress and recharge yourself so that you can be good for others in your life.
5. Don’t turn down an opportunity to travel.
Traveling, whether it may be near or far, helps open up your eyes to new people, places and things. Traveling has enriched both mine and my family’s life so very much, and I hope to be able to travel even more next year than I did this year.
6. Don’t take your health for granted.
7. Do more of what makes you happy.
8. Participate in more electronic free time.
This is something I often struggle with, but I really want to work on having less screen time, especially to set a better example for my kids who are growing up in the digital age.
9. Make time to socialize and spend time with friends.
Friends are good for the soul. No matter how busy you may feel or think that you are, there is always time for the things and people who are important to you. As my friend Audrey says, “Busy is not a dirty word, just as long as you are busy with the right things.”
10. Start a positivity jar or journal.
My family and I are participating in this next year and at the end of the year we will read, reflect and enjoy all of the positive things that happened to us throughout the year.
11. Reconnect with an old friend.
This is something unexpected that actually happened to me in 2016, and I didn’t realize just how much I missed my old friend until she was back in my life. Both mine and my family’s lives have been enriched that much more thanks to her presence.
12. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
This one is always a work in progress for me. No need to try to get it all done on your own.
Know that it is ok to ask for help when you need it, delegate responsibilities, or just let things wait (those dishes aren’t going anywhere). Your life will feel a little less stressful when you are more gentle with yourself.
13. Say yes and make time for date nights.
This is something my husband and I really started to focus on toward the end of 2016, and will definitely continue to make a priority in 2017. We have already planned a kid free trip for this year so we can celebrate our wedding anniversary.
14. Stop apologizing for things.
I feel like sometimes we over-apologize or apologize for things that we just don’t have to.
15. Get lost in a book (or two or three or four).
Books are good for the mind and the soul.
They offer you a chance to escape, learn and rejuvenate your mind. Reading a book is definitely a simple thing anyone can do to enrich their life in the new year and beyond.
If you would like to join me in trying to enrich your life in simple ways this year, please make sure to follow the hashtag #365DaysofHappy on social media (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).
I would also love it, if you want to participate, to please tag your photos on social media that show how you enrich your life with #365DaysofHappy.
Cheers to a brand new year and to all of us enriching our lives in the New Year and beyond!