This time of year, it’s easy to get swept up in the wave of sometimes aggressive, unrealistic resolution-setting. As part of the Life Done Well family of brands, this is not how I choose to spend my time, since this company focuses on living ones best lives, unhindered by guilt and BS. Read below for resolution ideas you’ll actually WANT to commit to, all in the vein of self care!

1. Read a Book A Week in 2018: I’m an avid reader, but tend not to prioritize this hobby, which has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Historically, I usually binge read a few books every vacation, and that has gotten me through. But in 2018, enough is enough. I love to read and learn, and it’s so relaxing for me, so I’m going to spend a few minutes reading each day, in the hopes of cranking through a book each week (on average). If you’re more of a podcast person, set a weekly podcast goal, or if you love to read too, set a reading goal. It could even be as simple as reading a couple articles a week about topics that interest you. Essentially, resolve to spend time every day doing something that feeds your soul, no matter what that activity is.

-insert books photo here with caption: My January line book line up! Photo by Katy Spratte Joyce (or KSJ if my whole name is too long)

2. Reduce my meat consumption: I’m not about the completely restrictive labeling of diets. I am about cultivating a healthier mind, body, and environment. For me, based on my own research and preferences, that involves embracing a “reducetarian” approach to eating this year. Basically, that means I am committed to reducing my meat consumption, no matter what that looks like. It is an umbrella term that allows for a ton of flexibility, with none of the guilt or stringent guidelines attached to vegan/vegetarianism. According to reducetarian.org, “Reducetarians set manageable and actionable goals to gradually eat fewer animal products.”If you want to learn more, check out their website or read “The Reducetarian Solution”. Overall, resolve to eat in a way that makes you happy, healthy, and is sustainable for your own life.

-insert reducetarian book photo here: photo courtesy of Amazon.com

3. Organize mi casa: I do a good job with occasional mini purges, but I’m hoping to be more intentional with my home organization this year. For me, this just means work on keeping closets clean, staying on top of laundry mountain, and getting rid of things we do not use, need, or love. The Marie Kondo method is heralded as a great way to do this, so I may check that out for guidance, but I’m not going to stress myself out about it. I’m just trying to make my space a bit more relaxing and functional. Basically, get/keep your home in order, whatever that looks like for you.

-insert kondo photo here: photo courtesy of House Beautiful

As you can see, I’m setting some aspirations for 2018, in a way that helps me focus on these things to make myself happier, without any of the guilt trips. I already feel more centered and focused just a few weeks into this new year, and I’m not stressed about committing to these resolutions. Cheers to being realistic with our time and intentions, without any of the BS normally attached to new years resolutions. Happy 2018 to all!