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Hey there happy travelers! It's that time of year again, and I don't just mean "how many sugar cookies can I eat before I feel sick" time of year. It's the time of year to reflect and to look forward.
A few years ago I decided I was done with the same old "I'm going to floss more, lose weight, eat less candy" type of New Year's resolutions. Those are not fun, and to be honest are unlikely to stick long term. So, that year I decided my resolutions were going to be to 1. Drink more champagne 2. Go on more adventures.
Those were both things that I felt I could make some serious sacrifices to make happen and that at the end of the year, I'd look back and realize I had a pretty great year...and I did. So, I've never looked back. Last year I wanted to spread the joy, so I shared 15 ideas for you to make 2015 the best year ever.
How'd it go for you? Are you a new reader and didn't get a chance to kick 2015 in the face with your awesomeness? Well, fear not, because I've 16 more ideas to make 2016 even better!
16 Resolutions for the best 2016
1. Buy experiences not things
This isn't new or revolutionary advice, but it's still good. The memories you'll create will long outlive that new sweater or gizmo that you don't need. Go hot air ballooning, take a surf lesson, a cooking class, samba lessons, sky diving, really you're only limited by your imagination here. Live more buy less
2. Give more
Give more and I'm not only talking about gifts here. Give more of your time, your passion, give more compliments, hugs, smiles. Just give more. Give more because you're going to make someone's day and it feels damn good.
I used to not compliment strangers, because I'm kind of reserved around people I don't know. But I've started complimenting strangers every now and then, and it feels really nice, and I hope it's a small bright spot in their day. So, the next time you notice someone and they've got a cute bag or you love their haircut, just say so. You'll both feel nice.
I know I'm not the only one with a crazy hectic life. I've been working so much lately, that some days, all I want to do when I get home is face plant into my bed and not move. It was when I was having these reoccurring thoughts that I realized that I need to find time to relax more. So, I started doing Yoga as a way to do just that. Now I feel more relaxed on the days I do yoga and I'm actually already a bit more flexible, which is a win win. I really like Yoga with Adriene. She's funny and has a really approachable teaching style for newbies to yoga like me. She has lots of short videos, so if you only have 15 minutes to spare, you can get in a little relax session in. If yoga isn't for you, just find 15 minutes a day, just for you to unwind, you deserve it. The dishes can wait.
4. Learn something new
My brain feels sharper when I'm stretching it to learn something new. Doing the same things day in and day out isn't good for our brains. Pick something you've always wanted to learn and learn it. It could be a new language, and new recipe, astrophysics, the guitar. It doesn't matter, pick something, learn it and marvel in your new found knowledge.
5. Have your cake and eat it too
A common New Year's resolution is to eat better. It's a good goal and one I'm always working on. This year though, I want you to know that it's ok to celebrate now and then. You're not a bad person if you want to have a glass of champagne for no reason, or indulge in a piece of cheesecake after a long hard week. It's not an indulgence if you do it all the time, so don't use this as an excuse to not take care of yourself.
And a rule I've made for myself is, If I decide to indulge in a dessert and I take a bite and don't LOVE it, then I don't finish it. I'm prone to feeling guilty for eating things I shouldn't, and to avoid that, I only eat things I'm truly enjoying. That keeps me from eating unnecessary calories and I don't feel guilty because it's a little indulgence that made me happy.
6. Schedule more fun in your life
Pat and I started a Sunday Funday tradition. It was in partial response the fact that we'd work all week and then work on the house all weekend and we wanted to have more fun. So, start scheduling in fun. Even if it's just renting a movie, going for a walk, or baking cookies. Schedule it in. That way you'll have the time and you'll have something to look forward to.
7. Make more time for old family and friends
If you haven't seen this video, only watch it if you're somewhere where you can ball your eyes out.
Ok, I'm sorry, but that was necessary to make my point. There are people out there that you love and haven't called in a while. Make time for them. There is nothing more important in this world than the people we love. Make sure they know that. This is something I need to be better at, and I'm sure we all could.
8. De-clutter your life
Get rid of whatever isn't adding joy to your life. If you don't need it, get rid of it. Got a pile of junk in your house? Toss it (or donate it if someone might be able to use it). Have toxic people making your life miserable? End those relationships. Only keep what you need or what makes you happy.
9. MORE MORE MORE
So, I just told you to de-clutter, but I want you to add more to your life. More laughter, more dancing, more smiles, more appreciation for beauty. MORE MORE MORE! If there's something you want more of in your life, make that a priority this year. More reading your favorite novels, more signing, painting, movies.MORE!
10. Forget how old you are
I'm not old, but I have said " I think I'm too old to pull that off" multiple times in the last couple of years. If you're not breaking the law and you're keeping yourself safe, forget about how old you are and just go out and do what you want. Pat and I always say that we hope we both die at the same time when we're 90 in a skydiving accident. It's a little morbid typing it out, but when we say that it's like saying "we always want to be together, and we always want to keep having adventures no matter how old we are." which sounds a lot less morbid. So, rock that leather jacket, and don't stop yourself from trying something just because you're not as young as you once were, none of us are.
11. Broaden your cultural horizons
This world is a diverse and beautiful place. Learn more about it, learn more about your neighbors, discover traditions that are different than your own. There's so many ways you can do this. Attend a cultural festival, attend a church of a different religion than your own, read books by authors from different cultures, try a different type of cuisine. There's so many ways to learn about this beautiful world of ours!
12. Put yourself first every once in a while
Whether it's our jobs, kids, family, friends, etc., we often end up putting ourselves last a lot. Put yourself first more often. Say no to things you don't want to do. It's ok, really. You can't take care of others, if you never take care of you.
13. Spruce up the space around you
If you're not feeling the joy, sometimes it can be due to our surroundings. Put up some pretty art, paint your walls a bright color, dress in brighter colors. Sometimes even a bright nail polish or lipstick can perk up your mood. This is particularly true in the winter. Inject more color in your life this year and watch everything else brighten up too!
14. Learn a good party trick
Everyone should have a good one in their repertoire. The other day I thought it would be fun to try and learn how to do a Chewbacca impression. Mostly I've been walking around the house sounding like a dying cat and scaring the dogs. I'm sure you'll have more luck than I have, and this will also inspire you to go to more parties. Win-win
15. Get into a savings routine
It is so often the case that we only start saving money when we have something in mind that we want to spend it on: vacations, a new dirt bike for Pat, and lasik are on the top of my list right now. What we really should be doing is saving money every single day. That way when we have an emergency, like Pat needing knee surgery this month, or you have something exciting coming up, (a trip to Australia) you'll have some money in the bank to make that dream a reality sooner. If you need a few ideas check out our post on 10 Money Saving Travel Tips, and How to Save Even More Money on Travel.
One thing I do that makes me feel really good about saving is, every time I resist buying something I can afford, but don't need, I put that amount of money into savings. If I could afford to spend it on something I didn't need, then I can afford to stick it into savings and spend it on something awesome like surf lessons, or plane tickets to Iceland.
16. Be Awesome
This one might sound easy. You're saying to yourself "Boom, I am awesome, consider this one done." While I have no doubt that you are indeed awesome, I mean, you read my blog and in my book that makes you super awesome. I want to encourage you though to be your full awesome self everyday, whatever that looks like to you. Never apologize for being your own brand of awesome either. So, if your brand of awesome is laying in the sun and reading books while getting day drunk, dressing up for Comic-Con, hitchhiking through Patagonia, or cooking your way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking, do more of it. Be more awesome everyday. Don't have 2016 be another year where you put off your awesome because of this or that. Make this the year that kicks off a lifetime of awesome adventures.
No matter how you decide to tackle 2016, don't forget to travel happy!
Oh! And let us know what you're 2016 resolutions are going to be in the comments below!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz