It’s funny how, as we grow up, the excitement of the holidays seems to fade a little. Between working until the last minute to avoid having to take too much PTO to having to pay off your credit card in tiny increments just so you can afford Christmas gifts, it’s sad to see how much our perspective can change from the time we’re little to now being – dare I say it – adults.
I’ve been on a quest to get back that excitement and gratefulness and I think it’s important to try and channel those feelings in the every day, even after the tree has come down and we’re getting back to our ‘diets’ after one too many gingerbread cookies. As we get ready for Christmas and start gearing up for the new year, I’ve put together a list of some things we all should be doing more of in 2016.
Show our appreciation – like, really show it.
Whether it’s a heartfelt note or a bottle of your friend’s favorite wine as a ‘thank you’ for hosting you over the weekend, little gestures like these honestly go such a long way. The truth is, no one really expects these things any more, so it’s become pretty commonplace to get a half-ass ‘thank you’ and move on. The feeling of being truly appreciated, in my opinion, really helps to make that relationship stronger.
For every non-nourishing thing we put in our bodies (think pizza), try to include something nourishing (think a big kale salad). Simple as that.
We’re getting too old to keep eating sh*t and think nothing of it. As I’ve said before, I am 110% all for balanced eating and I probably eat a little too much of the good stuff, but if you’re going to eat something that’s not so good for you, balance it out with something healthy and chances are, you will feel more satisfied and less bloated the next morning.
Call our grandparents more.
If you’re fortunate enough to still have them around, try to give them a call once a week. It’s amazing how much a simple phone call means to them. My grandpa can barely hear me when I call him, bless his heart, but hearing his voice light up when he answers the phone is such a good feeling.
Buy thoughtful gifts.
I know it’s easy to go pick up a pair of earrings or a gift card 30 minutes before you’re supposed to be at a friend’s birthday dinner, but why not put a little more thought into it? It doesn’t have to be expensive or super hard to get, but think about what the person really likes and give it a little more effort.
Ask for the things we want.
As the saying goes: “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” Life’s too short to fill your head with all of the things you want in life but never act on them. Want to take on bigger responsibilities at work? Ask your boss! More quality time with your significant other? If you don’t ask, chances are he won’t even know it’s on your mind. Want to finally get in good shape? Maybe that girl in the gym who’s super fit would show you some things if you just asked. It’s easy to just kind of remain at a standstill, in whatever area of life it may be, but I think it’s really important to keep striving for more. If you’re fully happy with where you are in life, then that’s amazing! Just keep in mind, there’s a different between being content and complacent.
Whether it’s an annual girls’ night every year with ice cream and champagne for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show or dinner at a fancy restaurant for you and your BF before you both go out of town for the holidays, now’s the time to start creating those traditions and sticking with them. It’s so fun having something to look forward to and creating those memories.
Hope you all have a happy holiday & sending best wishes for your most amazing year yet! What do you want to do more of in 2016?