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Ten Things You Can Do TODAY That Will Make 2015 A Great Year

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. You know… Those lofty goals you make and feel bad when you can’t keep them. This year, do a few simple things that are completely within your grasp, hardly cost anything, and will make your life a little more enjoyable.

  1. Let go of something that makes you feel bad. A dress doesn’t fit, something you got as a gift but don’t like… We all have something that makes us feel bad when we look at it, but we hang onto it because we spent money on it or someone else gave it to us. Let it go. Get up right now. Go get it and throw it out. I guarantee you won’t miss it, or the negative feelings it brings you when you look at it.
  1. Unusubscribe. For the next week, every time you get an email from an online retailer click unsubscribe. It’s amazing how much less temptation you feel when offers aren’t in your face. Your wallet will thank you!
  1. Shop your own closet. Instead of going on pinterest or youtube to look at the things you don’t have, pull all of your clothing and accessories out and put them on the bed. Make up 5 new outfits using things you already have.
  1. Redecorate without spending a dime. Finding ways to use things you own in a new way can make old things seem new and exciting again. That’s not just limited to clothing. Rearrange your furniture. Take things from one room and move them to a different one. That old tired chair in the living room might make a pretty new reading nook in the bedroom. Swap out decorative accents, too. It can make a huge difference in how you see your space.
  1. Find some new family favorites. Go on pinterest or allrecipes.com. Find 10 new but simple recipes to try for dinner. Make a shopping list and a meal plan for the next two weeks. Follow it. You’ve now added variety to your evening meals. You might just like eating at home again.
  1. Make ahead and freeze portions. Take a few hours to make large portions of pasta sauce, chili, taco meat, etc. Freeze the portions in freezer bags for quick meals through the week in January.
  1. Remove negativity from your life. Start by unfriending that person on social media who constantly complains or makes negative remarks. Friends don’t make you feel bad and surfing the net on your lunch break shouldn’t be stressful or depressing.
  1. Say no. Ever volunteered for something and then regretted it? It sounds like a great idea to take a few hours out of your week to help others, until you realize you hate coaching little league, or being a cookie mom is leaving you exhausted and slightly homicidal. Embrace the idea that it’s okay to quit. Take back that time and restore some sanity. I promise you, it’s okay.
  1. Be selfish. Do something just for you, just because you want to. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. Once a week, let the dishes sit in the sink overnight. Use the time to take a bath.
  1. Read for pleasure. If you’re too busy to sit down with a good book, sign up for audible.com and let someone else read to you while you drive, commute, clean the house, etc. Multi-tasking has never been so much fun.

Tell me what you’re going to do today to make 2015 great.

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