6 Mini-resolutions for an awesome summer

With summer just around the corner, I've come up with a list of mini-resolutions (inspired by Modern Mrs. Darcy) to make the next few months awesome.

The last few months have been super stressful with obligations hanging over me like a dark cloud. A few days ago I realized that I could let some of those stressors go, and that realization was incredibly freeing. With summer just around the corner, I’ve come up with a list of mini-resolutions (inspired by Modern Mrs. Darcy) to make the next few months awesome.

6 Mini-resolutions for an awesome summer

1. Do something creative every day.

I am a maker who is at an absolute loss if I’m not doing something creative. From singing to sewing, a creative outlet keeps me sane. This year I’ve been watching drawing classes on Creativebug (like this Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Things to Draw with Lisa Congdon), andย spending just five minutes doodling in the morning makes my day so much better.

2. Move my body.

Chronic pain has defined my life for the last four years (read my story here), and I’m not nearly as active as I used to be. This is bad news on many levels because exercise is an important part of staying healthy both mentally and physically. This month I’ve been watching my steps and making myself get on the treadmill. By the end of summer, I may even start hitting 10,000 steps on a regular basis.

3. Pay attention to my personal style.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the daily outfits I’m posting as part of theย SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge. It’s been great not having to think about what to wear every day, and it’s taught me a lot about my own personal style. I’ll post my thoughts on this style challenge in the next few weeks, but I’m definitely inspired to try some more.

4. Go someplace new.

As a child, my family traveled a lot, but as an adult, my travels consist mainly of road trips to see family and the occasional day trip here and there. I’d love to finally put my passport to use, and at least visit Canada, which I’m ridiculously close to but rarely visit. I, also, want to explore my region and visit some of the tourist traps in my state.

5. Know when to finish and when to let it go.

I’m a joiner, a starter, but not always a finisher. I have several half-finished craft projects, online classes and even books that have been put aside to make way for the new and shiny. It’s time to decide what is worth finishing (and not everything is) and what can be let go. Even when you don’t finish a project, sometimes a sense of completion can be found just by realizing you are done with it.

6. Listen to more music.

I grew up in a house full of music, but recently I’ve noticed that while there might by a podcast or movie playing, there’s very little music in my life. Have you ever tried dancing to a podcast? It doesn’t work out well. Just like moving my body and being creative, I need music in my life. Currently, I’m loving these playlists Sarah J. Maas put together for her A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

What are your mini-resolutions?

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  1. I love this idea of mini-resolutions for the summer. I really want to start being more crafty and creative too. I just need to make more time for it. I’m also hoping to move a lot more this summer and get more steps in. I’ve never made it to 10k in a day. LOL It just seems so far!! I think the highest was 7 thousand and something, so close!
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  2. I had no idea that you suffered with chronic pain too. I am so sorry. It’s the worst. T11/T12 down is jacked – that’s what I say when I’m approached by a new doctor. Once, an ER doctor had to google the type of metal implant that I have in my spine and I said “Stop. I’m done.” I made my husband help me get dressed and we walked out and went to a different ER. Sighhhhhhheeeee….
    I’ve been trying to do something creative every day and it’s hard yo! But I’m trying!
    And if you come to Canada, you can come visit me ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I resolve to begin the day with vigor and always be open to distractions that will take me in different directions, especially if my girls are holding the reigns. I won’t feel bad for investing time in nothing at all if that’s what the moment calls for. More hiking, more grilling, more laughing, more doing, less planning.
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  4. I love the idea of trying something new. My husband and I always eat at the same places, I was thinking we should try some new places this summer… esp if they have a nice patio!


  5. I tend to be a creature of habit so stepping out of my comfort zone is definitely something I want to work on too!

    What a fun list if summer resolutions ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness- I just love the idea of summer mini-resolutions!! And I think you’ve got a great list! I too need to stay more active!!

  7. I love the idea of doing something creative every day! That is definitely going on my bucket list. Love all of your ideas!

  8. Yes, yes, yes. I’m with you on every single one of these. And with the music one, I want to see more live music. Bonus points for doing it somewhere I’ve never gone!

  9. I really need to listen to more music too!! Must get back into the habit. I used to always turn the radio on as soon as I got up in the morning, but my husband sleeps longer than I do, so I don’t like to wake him… he does say just to turn it on, but I don’t know. Maybe I should just give a try for a week, it might remind me how much I miss music in the morning!
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  10. I have chronic headaches so I understand you, doing some sports is key for me.
    I love listening to the music, when I was living alone I have always music at home and the kind of depends on my mood.

  11. This looks like a great list of resolutions:) I think mine would be to listen to new artists. I tend to listen to my faves over and over, and miss out on new music that comes out.

  12. I recently realized I didn’t have enough music in my life. Sometimes I can get way too into watching shows on Netflix or to into podcasts and forget how much good music does for my soul. So I completely understand. โ˜บ
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  13. I instantly clicked on 31 Things to Draw, but no worries I came right back… I’ll finish checking that out later. ๐Ÿ™‚
    May I add more mail? The summer swap should be fun, can you believe it will be ONE YEAR.

  14. All of these are great goals. I really need to sit down and think about what I want out of summer. It is a season of change for me for sure- not only a baby but need to look for a new job (or something).

    I’ve been wondering what the SAHM thing on your instagram was. Interesting. The doodle challenge looks fun.

    Also- have you finished reading the Court of Wings and Ruins? What did you think? I’ve been dying to talk to someone about it but online is either only vague, professional reviews of flailing fangirls (I like to fangirl too but want a more thoughtful discussion for this).

    1. I did finish A Court of Wings and Ruins! (I’m planning on posting a mini review this weekend.) What did you think of it? I liked it and felt that it ended the main story on a good note, but I kind of wish it had been darker. Part of me was glad my favorite characters didn’t die, but I was wanting more to be at stake. I’m interested to see how the series continues.