Thirty-four. I’m Thirty-four today.
Birthdays used to be my thang. I LOVED them. My family would get so annoyed with me because as soon as Christmas was over, my birthday countdown would begin. I wouldn’t let anyone forget. And lord help you if you did.
And now I’m thirty-four.
Birthdays have a new meaning these days. I don’t have a birthday countdown and I definitely don’t go out and celebrate like I used to. Now, birthdays are a just a reminder that I’m another year older and maybe another year wiser.
And typically on my birthday, I write a big long list of ALL THE THINGS I want to accomplish this year. Not goals per se, just things I plan to do differently than previous years. And then the list gets lost and I do none of those things.
So, this year, I wrote a much smaller list of 5 things. 5 things I want to do differently this year. 5 things that are important to me. And I put this list in my planner, a notebook, another notebook, pinned it on the wall, and am now writing it here. Because this year, I will do these things….
1. Read more: I LOVE to read but it always seems that as soon as I sit down to read, someone needs something. But I’m going to carve out time every day to read, even if it’s just 15 minutes before bed.
2. Slow Down: I’m one of those people who has a really hard time relaxing. I feel like if I sit down for an hour on the couch I’m being lazy because there is always something to be done…Not anymore. I’ve got to learn to slow down and that every hour in the day doesn’t have to be planned out.
3. Live in the moment: This sort of piggybacks onto the previous thing but I’m really trying to just live in the moment, enjoy the days to their fullest. Try not to get stressed over the things I have no control over. We have one life and when it’s over I want to be able to say that I lived. Not that I did all the chores or that my house was perfectly clean. I want my family to experience everything life has to offer.
4. Break up with my phone: Yup. You read that right. I get bored and instantly get on my phone. Taking those couple months off of social media was amazing. I was less harsh on myself and more present with my family. And that’s what’s truly important. Social media has this way of making you feel like a complete failure because hey, I don’t know if you know this but it’s a damn highlight reel. Everyone shares their “best of” and not the real honest crap that is actually life. So yeah, less social media more life.
5. Go on a vacation: We hardly ever go on vacay. With 3 kids and not living close to family anymore, it’s not easy. But I’ve wanted to travel for years now and we’re going to start doing it. Even if it’s just a day trip close by. Any travel will do. Send me all your favorite places to go. Inspire me!
What are something you want to change up this year??