Aaah a new year, a new slate, new energy... I start off every year certain that this will be the year where I : 1- will exercise daily, 2-cut out refined sugar, carbs gluten and anything that could possibly taste good 3- read personnel development books weekly 4- never yell at my kids ... you name it! It doesn't happen!!!
As a result I am trying to focus on 3-4 habits (keystone habits ) that will make me happier , calmer and more relaxed. If I can add more habits in a day or week great but if I can't at least I have stuck with these.
1- meditation- I try to meditate every night for ten minutes ... This has made a huge difference in how I interact with people, how I deal with stressful situations etc. I use a guided meditation from Jen Riday- Vibrant happy Women. I love that I can choose a meditation to address whatever I am currently dealing with.
2- exercise- I haaaate exercise (like really!) I rather get my teeth cleaned! So this year I am committing to going to a pilates or yoga class once a week ( of course I will try for more) and walking 30 minutes 4 times a week. Not a lot I know but 4 hours is better then no hours.
3- smoothies- I have been drinking a smoothie every morning and it has helped me up my intake of green leafy vegetables. Even if I have a busy day and the rest of my food choices are questionable, I know I've had had a serious dose of fiber, antioxidants etc... My favorite combo is baby spinach, kale,berries, banana, avocado and coconut water.
4- waking up early- This one is by far the most important habit for me. I am a morning person but have never utilized my early morning energy. Instead I would stumble out of bed at 7:20 rush to wake up my kids, rush to make breakfast..... Now I wake up at 6:00 and I have a full hour where I can have a cup of coffee, pray, set some positive intentions and work on my instagram posts.
These 4 habits have completely changed how I feel, how I work , how I parent etc... so I really hope I can stick with them!
In regards to decorating I have one major tip or resolution to share: Go big with art, mix up the size and hang it as low as you can!!
Here's what I mean:
image via themakerista.com
(image via myidealhome.tumblr.com)
resolution #2 pay attention to the ceilings:
design by Shaun Smith
( I always try to name the designer or publication from where I took my images. However, I had a little glitch with Pinterest and was not able to retreive the info for the images above. I did some by heart and if anyone knows the sources for the other photos I would be happy to name them.)