Happy New Year, Ambitious Fam! The start of a new year always fills me with a sense of hope for the endless possibilities ahead. I may have no idea what 2021 has in store, but that won’t stop me from setting myself up for success. When prepping for a new year, I like to spend time reflecting, goal setting, cleaning, and organizing. I will go into a little more detail about the process on the blog soon, but for now, check out this post with general information from last year!
Here is how I am growing into a better version of myself this January:
Recycle Christmas Tree
The Christmas decorations have had their time to shine, and have been packed away. The only thing left to do is to properly dispose of my Christmas tree. When I got the Christmas tree (on my November Bucket List!), one of my stipulations was that I wanted to make sure that my usage was as sustainable as possible. I made sure to purchase the tree from a local, family-run produce & garden center that sources their products locally as well. Now that the season is done, recycling the tree will give it a second life as mulch for the spring! If you also opted for a real Christmas tree and you are considering recycling, I recommend that you check out your city or counties guidelines. For example, the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County both do free tree pick up and recycling if done within the pick up window!
Digital Vision Boards
Do you like to create vision boards? I have always loved the idea of a good vision board, but I have always felt overwhelmed by the concept. I also had questions. For example, where are people getting all of these cute magazines that perfectly describe what their life will look like? Where exactly am I supposed to put this thing…it doesn’t exactly go with my decor? I was recently introduced to the idea of a digital vision board which is definitely something that I can get behind. I feel like it allows for a little more freedom and a little less mess! I want to make one in early January so that I can start manifesting for 2021!
Create a Command Center
You would think that after working from home for almost a year, I would have cultivated my home “office” space. I have made a few improvements that have helped (like turning my desk to face the window and asking for a memory foam chair cushion for Christmas–thanks mom!), but there are still things that I hope to do to make it more functional. Enter my “command center.” The idea of this is to have an area where I can store my electronics, camera, and podcast equipment when they are not in use. The current system of stacking and leaving them charging in various places on the floor around my desk is not working out haha. Plus, I love a good organization project, especially at the start of a new year!
No Spend Week
In 2021, tackling some of my financial goals is very much a priority. One of the ways that I hope to achieve this is by having a no-spend week. I’ve done no-spend weekends and no-shop months in the past and I found them to be useful. However, there was also a sort of Goldilocks conundrum. The weekends (while challenging) seemed too short. The no-shop months were effective but too draining to be sustainable. I’ve heard of someone scheduling a no-spend week once a month for a year to help reach their financial goals. Maybe a no-spend week will be just right!
Make Bed Daily
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed” — Admiral William H. McRaven
At some point in 2020, I got out of the habit of making my bed. It didn’t feel or seem like a big deal at the time. My world was dissolving into chaos, my space reflected it as well (I touched on this a little bit in my November Bucket List as well). I begin to notice that on the days that I randomly decided to make my bed, I felt more in control–like I could take on the day. It brings me peace to see that one area of order in my space. There are also studies about how making your bed in the morning gives you your first accomplished task of the day, which in turn will encourage productivity or at the very least a sense of pride. I’m challenging myself to make my bed every day in January–even on weekends, no matter what time I get up for the day. I’m ready to change my world!
Remember how excited I was able my pumpkin mini waffle maker in the fall? Well, one of my favorite Christmas gifts was a SNOWFLAKE MINI WAFFLE MAKER! It was such a thoughtful gift (thanks Caitlin!) and I am so excited to try even more waffle recipes!
This month, I am using the excitement of a blank slate to prepare and set goals for the year ahead.