I may be thirteen days into this new year but, dang it, I will write down goals this year if it’s the last thing I do. What do you call them? Yearly goals, New Year’s resolutions, something else? I heard someone refer to them as Life Investments. And, for the life of me, I cannot remember where I read, heard or tactically acquired (as my husband would say) it from. But, you get the gist. Create a list of achievable investments that will grow you as a person. This life is all about experience and growth, right? On to the ever growing list:
- Journal/blog at least once a week
Everyone processes life differently. I’ve found I learn the most about myself through my little snippets I post on Instagram. But, sometimes it’s just not enough space for everything bouncing around in this brain of mine. Especially if my tea intake for the day is slightly more excessive than normal. Sometimes you just need a little boost, ya feel me?
- Fill our lives with fellowship, encouragement and limit stress
2016 will be the year we surround ourselves with uplifting activities, tv shows, music, people, food (is that a thing?). It’s the year that we’ll
ridlimit sarcasm and root for one another. Community over competition. And most importantly, limit that freaking stress. Which should come naturally, if we stick to those last couple sentences, right? But, we do live in modern America so no stress if we get stressed sometimes because that could promote stress. Oh heavens. Well, you see how that cycle just get’s a little out of hand. Let’s move on to the next bullet.
- Paleo/AIP lifestyle
Eating clean, raw foods is probably the most dramatic lifestyle change that we’re making this year. And, the best. Have you watched that one Netflix documentary. I know, I know. There’s a billion of them, but specifically “That Sugar Film”. Straight cray. But, not one of those boring types of docs that you watched in your tenth grade class while texting under your desk. It’s actually interesting and packed full of sahweet info. But, if documentaries aren’t your jam. This is our favorite cookbook: The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness(It is 99.9% filled with delicious food — can’t give you a money back guarantee just in case of those chicken-finger-and-fries-only types)
- Create a daily schedule and follow it
Currently, scribbling (yes, I have little boy handwriting) my digital schedule to a hardcopy one. Because, I swear I have at least three different schedules linked to three different emails. Translation: I’m setting myself up to miss some appointment / forget a photoshoot / be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Seriously, at least three of the appointments I just transferred old fashion style were the wrong time in my phone. Somehow listed under Dubai time? Is this some weird joke? Taylor?.. and the crowd goes quiet.
- Home videos! Or, “vlog” like the cool kids call it on YouTube.
Watching old home videos on, you called it, VHS. Are one of my favorite things to do when visiting my grandparents. Or heck, even when I visit the family that takes Isla girl for an hour or two every now and again. I don’t discriminate. If it is a home video with some recap of your mundane, everyday activites, I will watch it with undivided attention. I can’t be the only one. I know there are some Youtube vlog fans out there. All that to say, I’ve started to capture a few snippets of our day-to-day for us to binge watch years down the road. I never want to forget Isla’s giggle when the Taylor tickle attacks commence. Or, the way she crawls with her right foot planted on the ground and her left knee scooting along. Like, she’s about to take off sprinting, but instead waddles her little diaper butt around the house. These are just a few things I don’t want to forget.
What are your new year’s life investments?