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), and 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 the 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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