Ah, yes. It’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on what worked for me this year.
1. Yoga. I started in August, after a several-month hiatus from any sort of consistent exercise. I started with bikram in a 115 degree studio and in September transitioned to vinyasa class, in an 85 degree studio. Ah, much better. Guys, I’m real into it.
I tend to be ride the wave with my exercise interests- after baby number four I was (briefly) very motivated to do a heinous high intensity class at the gym I belonged to. That lasted a couple of months and then I started dreading classes and decided, consequently, that there are too many forms of enjoyable exercise out there so why force myself to go to the one I no longer like? I have also marathon’d in the past (just once; that was sufficient), dabbled in triathlons (let’s not forget this gem of a memory). So maybe the shine will wear off yoga in a bit. For the time being, I am enjoying the heck out of it. Win! Ride the wave!
2. Buy Nothing group on Facebook. Have you all heard of this? Charlottesville has a Buy Nothing group where members can post items to give away, or post a need/want they have. Have a sweatshirt or a kids’ toy that you no longer want? Post it there and I guarantee someone else will be thrilled to come take it off your hands.
It is not as quick and simple as a trip to Goodwill, but the upside is that you actually give your item to a person who wants that specific item. I have to say- every time I take stuff to Goodwill and see the warehouse that is stacked with items, I feel a little ill. There’s so much stuff! I don’t doubt that a ton of it is purchased and money is redistributed to the community (right??), but I also know a ton of it is tossed or sent overseas. The Buy Nothing group keeps items one step further away from a landfill. Win!
3. Book Log. Didn’t I say this before? Sorry. It still works for me. I love tracking my books, mostly because I can see the titles adding up and it motivates me to read more. I read 81 books this year, and miiiight squeak another one or two in before 2018.
A few favorites: The Four Tendencies, The Hate U Give, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Born Bright, The Body Keeps the Score, Baby Catcher, The Wonder, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, and Hillbilly Elegy. I think that every book on that list was from the library. With library fees for a few overdue books, I probably paid $15 to read 81 books. Win!
4. Trips. This one is firmly in the “luxury” category.
This year I traveled to Nashville with some college friends and spent a three day weekend away. Lots of laughing, reading, eating, talking, and some space just to be; away from my usual life at home. My college friends and I have been on Marco Polo (a video app) ever since and it has been a great way to keep the conversations going.
A few weeks later I got to take my second kiddo with me to Bermuda, at my dad’s invitation. Pretty incredible and rejuvenating and all of the things. Aaaand I just got back from a few days at a college/YWAM friend’s house in Clemson. We met when I was 17 and spent four years together in college, then tacked on another two’ish overseas in Australia. It was incredible to be with her; like the other college reunion, we just pick up where we left off.
I count those trips as high points in the year, fo’ sho’.
These things worked for me in 2017. What worked for you?