Anyone else going through sparkle withdrawals? I’m talking about that empty feeling in your stomach now that the Christmas trees have been taken down, the decorations put away, and the holiday cheer fading. The glitter is gone.
The blues bite me around this time every year, and every year I have to find ways to keep that New Year’s sparkle alive. Instead of making resolutions, here are a few things I’m going to do to help make each day, week, and month of 2015 as special and sparkly as possible.
Treat Yourself At Least Once A Week: This could be as simple as splurging on a Starbucks coffee if you normally do homemade drip, getting a manicure, taking yourself to a movie on the weekend, or even carving out a few minutes to visit a scenic/peaceful place in your city on a day off/before or after work. A place where you can snap a Facebook/Instagram picture of something interesting or sit and contemplate all the things you’re grateful for. It will satisfy that instant gratification we all crave.
Plan A Vacation: Now that we’ve got the instant gratification out of the way, let’s focus on something we can look forward to a little further down the road. Even if you can’t take a big trip this year, put in for your vacation time at work. Having that week off set in stone gives you a light at the end of the tunnel. If you are able to take a trip, research the city or country you’ll be visiting and jot down some of the things you’d like to see and do.
Try Something New: Have you been meaning to take up a hobby? Now’s the time to commit before that “new year, new beginning” spirit wears off. Find a cooking/knitting/dancing/glass blowing/painting class and sign up. Now! I want to explore my state a little more. Hopefully, that will entail going on some (easy) weekend hikes on scenic trails.
Tackle A Project: My husband and I are closing on our first house (fingers crossed) in 2 weeks! AH! I’m fortunate that this life-changing event has given me something exciting to look forward to in early 2015. I’m enjoying trolling Pinterest (check out my For The Home Board) and planning all kinds of fun decoration projects. On a smaller scale, you could start the new year by freshening up your home with a new hall decoration, a new painting, or a new organizational project.
Start A Gratitude Diary: This is so easy and so rewarding! Just jot down one good thing that happened to you today. Did someone hold the door open when they could have kept going? Did a co-worker bring in treats? Did you get a discount when you didn’t expect it? Maybe it was a gorgeous sunset? Perhaps you got a complement on your outfit? So often we overlook the little things that add joy to our daily lives and we get down if there are no grand gestures. I kept a gratitude journal years ago in college and it made me come to appreciate all the good things that happen every day.
Do A Random Act Of Kindness: That brings us to “paying it forward.” Be the person that other people will add to their gratitude journals. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Bring cookies (homemade or store bought) to work. Pay for a stranger’s coffee. Volunteer with your favorite charity. The warmth will stay in your belly for the rest of the day. For example, I never realized how rewarding and uplifting it could be to volunteer with the Seattle Animal Shelter. Animals are my passion, and each week after walking the shelter dogs I feel like I’ve done something to make their lives a little better.
Write A Surprise Letter or Thank You Note: This suggestion is a little self-serving. I recently found a box of customized Thank You stationary that I’d forgotten about. Now I’m itching to put them to use. Still, surprising your friends or family with a handwritten note is a wonderful way to keep in touch and let loved ones know you’re thinking of them no matter how far away they are.
Have a happy, and sparkly, 2015!