New year's resolutions are overrated.
Ready, set… actually, so not ready. January 1st marks the launch of every marketing campaign that is banking on your new years resolution to become a better version of yourself. Now I’m not about belittling personal betterment; heck, my life is structured around constantly learning and improving, but I think we’re missing a significant part of the equation.
What about re-discovering the person you are? Sometimes it feels like every ad we come in contact with is asking us to take a tiny step closer to this idea of someone else.
So what makes you … you? Here are a few simple practices I came up with for 2018 to keep me grounded by continuously discovering and reconnecting with the person I am.
1. Do something that reconnects you to your childhood. We all have that one thing that we loved doing as a kid; riding a bike, climbing a tree, playing dress up and putting on a fashion show (literally me all the time). Find something you loved, and do that thing. You can even make it more fun by bringing a friend. Convince one of your besties to share the moment with you and have he or she share a similar adventure with you. I promise it will be fun. Who cares what you look like. #Nostalgia
2. Detox from your smartphone. This is a heavy hitter for me. I’m constantly answering emails, sending texts, and connecting with everyone and everything except the current space I am in. Sometimes I wonder if my dog thinks my phone is an actual extension of my body. Plan an hour, or if you are feeling capable, several and remove yourself from your phone completely. It’s amazing how relaxed I feel away from my phone. I truly believe detoxing from constant superficial connection allows us to be more creative. Take some time to go there.
3. Force yourself to be outdoors. If you are like most people, being outdoors isn’t particularly a part of your schedule, especially for long periods of time. Some of the moment’s I’ve felt most like myself have been when I sequestered myself to a beach or nature preserve…. and made myself stay. Give yourself 5 hours to be in a place that requires nothing of you but your enjoyment.
4. Make some messy artwork. You already know that Pinterest project is in a league of it’s own. This isn’t time for that. Many of us spend our lives as perfectionists, and while this is beneficial for us in many ways, sometimes you need time to just … create something unstructured. So lay out some newspaper on your back porch or living room, take out a blank canvas, some paints, and go wild. Can modern art be really that hard? Or get more creative with your medium and use wood, melted crayons, glue, whatever. Let your expression run wild and you may even come out with something you like.
5. Mark something off your life list. We all have that bucket list of life. The list that comes up in conversations as a “one day I am going to…”. Pick something on that list and do it, because putting it off another year is only going to make that list longer and harder to get through. Checking off items on a bucket list are also how we make long lasting memories.
You know what you want to do, trust that it is meaningful, and make it happen.
I hope these suggestions help you to make 2018 a beautiful year. Allowing yourself the time for self-discovery and personal connecting will only allow you to be a greater, more grounded force to be reckoned with.