Tuesday, January 10, 2017

17 Things You Should Absolutely Make Time for in 2017

  • Phone calls. To your grandparents, your sister, your mom, your old friends. To making doctors appointments when you need them, and massage appointments when you just flat out want one. 
  • Working out. For 20 minutes or two hours, for a spin class, for an at home body weight workout. Don't do it for the abs; do it because it makes you feel better from the inside out, because you want to be healthy.
  • Compliments. To a stranger on their necklace, a classmate on their study tactics, a blogger on their writing style. 
  • Netflix binges. Get hooked on a new show, and schedule one lazy afternoon a month to totally indulge. Last Saturday night, Ryan and I watched roughly seven or eight episodes of How I Met Your Mother in a row. Best date night ever.
  • ...and movies that make you think. Watch movies that make you feel uncomfortable, that don't have a happy ending, that teach you something. 
  • Writing. In a planner, in a journal, on a blog, on an index card. Your life story is important...document it!
  • Vacation. Because you deserve it. Plan it out, save up the money, buy a ticket. You can't take your PTO with you, ya know?
  • Home cooked meals. It's healthier, it saves you money, and thanks to Pinterest, delicious recipes can be yours for the price of free. Or you can buy a cookbook because you fancy AF. 
  • Celebration. Go out for your friend's birthday. Take your S.O. out to dinner when they get a promotion. Buy yourself a pedicure when you drop kick a midterm. Life is meant to be celebrated.
  • Lazy days. Bedside mimosas and avocado toast, duvets on the couch, a stack of books or a queue of movies. Don't feel guilty, and don't even think about your to-do list. 
  • Guilty pleasures. Whether it's The Bachelor on Monday nights or Pretty Little Liars on Tuesdays, reading 50 Shades of Grey, or trolling Facebook comments - if it brings you joy, just do it. 
  • Reading. Get a library card and make a reading list. Read exactly what kind of books you want to read, not just what's popular.
  • Hobbies. For me, I'd like to get into working on watercolors again. I'd also like to learn how to really (finally) use my DSLR camera. Blogging is also kinda fun, too. Find something you love to do, and then do it just for the sake of doing it.
  • Plans. Turn "let's hang out soon!" into "you and me, next Wednesday night, 7 p.m." Making time is only complicated if you make it that way.
  • Conversation. Real, in depth, meaningful conversations about things that matter, the things you're passionate about, the things you're worried about. 
  • Sleeping. Let yourself rest. As I've gotten older, I've found that nothing good ever comes from only getting three hours of sleep the night before. Your body (and your overall immune system) will thank you for it.
  • Yourself. Take a nap if you need it, take some quiet time, put on a face mask, read a magazine. Turn off your phone, shut off your computer, and just do you - for five minutes, five hours, or five days. Whatever it takes to keep you sane.

What's something you want to make time for this year?


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