So I know we haven’t gotten through Christmas yet, but I can’t help but look forward to 2015. I can tell it’s going to be a year of intense action, of healthy changes in a positive direction. This year was a huge learning experience for me. I learned a lot of what not to do. I made a lot of mistakes. I took on more than I could and neglected the things I needed to pay attention to. I got really stressed out more than once. So the closer I get to 2015, the more excited I become. I get to finally turn 30, and I’m so ready to entire this new decade of life. In the days leading up to the new year, I’m using the downtime of the holidays to get a “head start” on 2015. Here’s a roundup of some of the blog posts that have so helpful in getting me into the right frame of mind for the year ahead.
How to Get a Head Start on 2015
Chase Your Dreams // Take the first step to accomplishing your 2015 goals and create a plan of attack. That first step really is always the hardest, so if you feel lost, this simple but effective post on World of Wanderlust will help get you back on track.
Let Go of Stress // It kills our minds, bodies and souls. Learn how to de-stress in 2015, not day-by-day, but by the hour! Helpful tips on Into Mind show you how to reduce your stress on the hour, starting at 8:00 AM and ending at 10:00 PM. For example, one of the tips is to create a morning routine. I’m trying that now, and I can say it definitely removes that early morning “Eeek, I have so much to do” freakout that so many of us experience.
Get Sh*t Done // Let’s face it: even if we start 2015 being super motivated and driven and dedicated, chances are we’ll end up feeling less than motivated at some point during the year. The Nectar Collective is a cool “community for go-getters” that will teach you how to get things done even when you don’t feel like doing anything at all.
Create a Creative Space // If 2015 is going to be your most creative yet, you should create a space that inspires all that creativity. Chapter Friday shares some great inspiration for desktop decor. I think I’ll update my work desk for 2015 so that I’m motivated to get through my workday and manage to still have some creativity left for all the things I want to accomplish outside of my 9-to-5.
Don’t Forget Your Body // I got in shape for my wedding, but I haven’t been consistently paying attention to my body in 2014. I want to start doing a bit of yoga each morning, and this post on the Free People blog shares tips for how to practice yoga in the middle of winter.
Decide Who You Want to Be // I want to be everything on this list, which I found on one of the Huffington Post’s blogs. This is a great place to start once you’re ready to put together your new year’s resolutions.
Reflect on 2014 // Before you can figure out where you’re headed, you should have a good sense of where you are and how you got there. Take some time to reflect on 2014. Make note of your ups and downs, wins and failures. What one thing would you do differently, and why? What was the most important lesson you learned in 2014? What experience would you love to do over again? Those are just some of the questions you’ll ask yourself as part of your Year in Review on Into Mind.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff // Not everything about 2015 has to be large and huge and life-changing. Some things will be small and unassuming and pretty regular. And that’s okay. These 29 reminders on World of Wanderlust will help you place the importance of the new year into perspective. Keep an open mind, roll with the punches, and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Happy Reading. And Merry Christmas!