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At the end of each year, I usually recap what I've accomplished and do a blog summary, but this year, I want to look forward instead. I know it’s the yearly recap time with an overwhelming push to burden onself with self improvement lists.  Well, here’s another... 

I sat down and wrote a hand written list of things that I have done in my life that might be useful to you, as well as things that I want to start doing, or do more of.  It’s all positive stuff and even though it can be extremely difficult when you think of a huge end result, the key to remember is to START.  Believe me, I am far from perfect. Often, it takes everything I have to begin. This includes writing, working out, cleaning, etc.  Once I start, I don’t regret it.   It’s pretty self explanatory so take what you need (or what you’ve already been thinking of doing) and leave the rest.

  • Unsubscribe & Unfollow - If you add up all the time you spend deleting junk mail on your computer, you could have used that time for something productive.  Take one day and unsubscribe to all of the companies that send you email every day or every week.  Don’t worry, they will always be there when you think of them.  Also, unfollow people on facebook who put you in a bad mood.  That person you just thought of?  Yeah, them.
  • Unplug - Take a day each week to not look at the computer, phone or TV.  It might be hard to do but it slows you down and forces you to break your habits and try something new.
  • Read - Go to the library, it’s free.
  • Stop Caring What People Think  - It’s your life.  Do what YOU love.
  • Sign up for a class - Take the plunge and sign up for something you’ve always wanted to do.  Don’t just think of it, sign up and hold yourself accountable.
  • Get Outside
  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • get rid of clothes that you don’t wear - Who wants to go in a closet and be reminded of clothes they don’t fit into?  Stop beating yourself up and get rid of every item that doesn’t fit or make you feel good.
  • Clean something (sometimes this is where the great idea comes from)
  • Go to a museum and learn about a new artist
  • Eat what you have now. Don’t go to the grocery store until you’ve eaten everything you have in your home.
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Start journaling (even if you write, "I don't know what to write")
  • Drink Water
  • Stretch
  • Take a trip by yourself
  • Adopt a pet
  • Stop buying Start Giving
  • Take a small step - you know what you’ve been putting off (take a small step towards the goal)
  • Eliminate an animal from your diet
  • Cancel cable
  • Cook at home
  • Move more
  • Be Grateful for what you have

I suppose the underlining message is to simplify your life and be mindful.  It doesn't take a lot to feel good.  I never see anyone taking a hike with a frown on their face.  Sometimes, taking things away is what you've been needing. I hope you have a peaceful new year.  Do what you love.