Another new year is around the corner. For some that bring feelings of excitement and determination and for others it may seem like another round of the same old thing. Regardless of the opportunities and potential that you see (or don’t see) in the year ahead, the beauty is that you can decide how you will approach the new year. What will YOU do to make 2017 one to remember?
Needing a bit of inspiration for that blank page? I have you covered with my top 5 tips for making 2017 your healthiest and most inspired year yet.
- Have a plan for healthy eating. Food is powerful and we have to fuel our bodies well to feel our best. When I spend 15 minutes a week to plan meals and 30-40 minutes after I arrive home from the grocery store prepping for snacks/meals, my food choices improve exponentially. Literally, an hour a week saves me time, money, and empty calories. If you are new to menu planning, you can find a great one HERE that is free. I keep it in an accessible spot so I can glance at the menu to make sure I have things set for tomorrow’s dinner (meat out of the freezer, etc.) before heading to bed.
- Create a vision. Take the time to get clear about what you want for 2017. Decide what is most important and then set the tone for pursuing those things. One way to do this is by creating a vision board. The idea is to fill a blank paper or board with words and images that signify what your vision is for 2017. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you want but make it intentional and full of meaning. Place it somewhere you will see it every day and take a few moments to recognize and dwell on what you see on the board. It is such a powerful reminder to live with purpose. If that feels a bit too crafty, you can simply pick a Scripture verse to use as your inspiration for the year. Print it out or write it on a note card and put it wherever you will see it most. What greater way to speak truth into the new year than with God’s Word?! A few of my current favorites are 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 1 John 3:18, 2 Timothy 1:7, and Psalm 37:7.
- Invest in yourself. Life is busy. There are always things to be done and making time for yourself often doesn’t make it high enough on the list. We console ourselves that we will take better care of ourselves when the kids are a little older, when the project at work is complete, when there is more money, when there is more time….but the years keep ticking by and we are still carrying around our list of why now isn’t the right time. I think this is an area we can all relate to at one point or another, and I want to encourage you to make 2017 the year you stop seeing self-care as selfish. You are capable of so many things but you cannot be your best version of you if you are living on empty. Love to read? Allow yourself the joy of a new book. Always wanted to learn how to do that one thing? Sign up for the class, or find the resource needed to add it to the things you have mastered. Lacking consistent exercise? Find a work-out buddy to help keep you accountable or sign up for one of my Customized Work-out Plans. Are you desperate for a quiet place? Try yoga, go for a hike, or give mindful breathing a try on the commute to work. I believe we become healthy from the inside out and recognizing the need to create time and space for self-care is an essential part. If you know you need to do more of this but are not sure how to take the first step, I would love for you to join me at one of the wellness retreats that I co-lead. More information about the one day option can be found HERE and the three day retreat HERE. You will be nourished from the inside out and walk away with practical resources to set yourself up for a healthy and balanced year. You can also read more about my 1:1 Coaching services HERE. One of the best projects you will ever work on is you and I would love to support you along the way!
- Follow a budget. Oh man. My husband would be so proud of me for including this one! I am definitely the free spirit when it comes to our finances, but I cannot deny the importance of having a budget. It forces us to be accountable with where our money goes and removes the spending guilt after any purchase as long as it falls within the budget. There are months that we get off track, but by having a budget in place, we know what areas we overspent and can get back on track without it being a downward spiral. Scott and I took a Dave Ramsey course and follow his budgeting guidelines. If you are interested, you can find out more about the course HERE, and we use his free budgeting software everydollar. Not a big deal if Dave Ramsey isn’t your guy. Just find a budgeting method that works for you and be consistent. Financial stress is no joke and budgeting can have a huge impact on your financial well-being.
- Serve. The wise and beautiful Mother Teresa once said. “Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.” We can make a plan, create a vision, invest in ourselves, and perfect a budget, but so much will be missed if we do not take the time to serve and love others. Don’t let yourself believe the lie that there is no time in your life for this. It can be as simple as offering a ride to a friend, shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk, showing up for coffee when your friend has had a hard day, packing your spouse’s lunch, or bringing a meal to someone who needs encouragement. The act of service is not what matters most. Rather, it is that you are looking for opportunities and are faithful to show up with your time and talents when the Spirit points you that way. Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Great joy is found in serving others!
Have any other tips or resolutions for the upcoming new year? I would love for you to comment and share!
Cheers to making 2017 an amazing year filled with growth, health, and purpose!