Will and I have been reviewing our 2014 by talking through two reflection questions that helped us before:
- What worked last year? and
- What didn’t?
Today I’m sharing a few of the things (from significant to shallow) that worked for me in 2014:
I’m still surprised how just wearing a step counter inspires me to get more steps. Although my Jawbone bit the dust last week, and I replaced it with a Fitbit Zip. After a year and a half with my Jawbone, I knew I didn’t care about sleep tracking but I really wanted an instant step count. The Zip gives me what I want (for less than $50).
This simple and free time tracking app shows me how I’m spending my time. I use it for two main things: to track how much I’m working and the time I spend on social media. The work info is enlightening; tracking the time I spend on social keeps me from mindlessly browsing twitter.
3. Tidying up
I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up at the end of the year, and the $10 it cost me was worth this paradigm shift: if it doesn’t spark joy, toss it. Will and I also converted to the author’s method of folding our clothes, organizing drawers, and corralling makeup in old Apple boxes.
4. Special breakfasts
When I asked Will what worked in 20134, this was his immediate answer. We’ve turned this goal (from way back in 2013) into a bona fide tradition. We keep a drawer stocked with fun plates and napkins, special straws, and a go-to list of simple but special meals for minor holidays, birthdays, and any day that needs a little something extra.
5. Glitter flats
I picked up a pair of Tory Burch gold glitter flats on serious sale at Nordstrom Rack late last year, hoping they’d be versatile. They quickly became part of my personal uniform. I’ve worn them 200 of the last 365 days, easy. (They’ve been discontinued; these are similar).
Now the question is: what am I going to replace them with when they fall apart? Because that day is coming. (Sniff.)
6. Cottage school
This year my 6th grader and 4th grader have been attending a local cottage school once a week. It’s like college: you discuss the material in class and leave with a boatload of homework. Neither kid was too excited about it before we began, and we all got off to a rough start (made worse by this book, which Jack and I both hated), but it’s turned out to be a huge win for everyone involved.
7. Lucky’s Market
I wrote about this in the fall newsletter when I shared the things that were saving my life right then. Lucky’s opened in our town last spring, but I didn’t drop in until school started. I hate shopping, but at Lucky’s I can buy a week’s worth of groceries in 20 minutes and almost enjoy it.
I listened to a ton of audiobooks in 2014, including 6 of the 8 Outlander books. I estimate I “read” at least 10,000 pages this year with the Audible app—while I walked the dog, folded the laundry, and did the dishes.
9. The park
We’ve always lived close to the park, but since our move it’s almost in our backyard. We walk the dog, hit the swings, hike the trails, and take the long way home. This winter I’ve resolved to set foot in the park every day to get steps, fresh air, and Vitamin D. (So far, so good.)
10. Conversation starters
The pundits say that blogging died back in 2013. I’m so glad the bloggers—and readers—I know didn’t get that memo. I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved conversations around here this year. We’ve talked about highly sensitive people and everything you need to know about a person, dream jobs and being the boss lady, showing up and spinning out.
I’m so grateful for the thoughtful, smart, funny, and kind readers who take the conversation starters here on MMD and turn them into something fabulous. Thank you!
11. The fireplace
In our last house, we had 3 fires in 10 years. Since it got cold this year, we’ve had 3 fires every week. We all love snug evenings by the fireplace after dinner, playing games, reading books, and drinking tea.
What worked for YOU in 2014?