Recently I’ve seen a multitude of posts, motivational quotes and memes reminding us all that yes – we are not only coming to the end of another year, but another DECADE. It feels surreal because I don’t feel too different from the girl I was 10 years ago – a starry-eyed hopeless romantic and hardcore Swiftie.
Today marks exactly 45 days before the end of 2019 which leaves some time to chip away at any new year’s resolutions we’ve set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. With that in mind, here are 5 things I’ve added to my to do list to wrap up this year (and you can too):
- Schedule catch-ups
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of work, study, sleep – repeat. So much so that months can fly by without spending much quality time with people that bring joy in our lives. Scheduling some long overdue catch-ups are at the top of my list to make up for lost time and make new memories these summer holidays.
- Make small changes
It can take anywhere from two to eight months to jell new habits. Whilst it’s easy to feel disheartened about our efforts (or lack thereof) towards our 2019 resolutions, give yourself a head start for 2020 and make small positive changes now. Whether that be a passion project, working out, drinking more water or meditating, the rest of the year is an opportunity to find your footing and start the new year feeling accomplished.
- Organise and declutter
As holiday season approaches, I am filled with the need to KonMari everything in my room. After giving my space a much-needed do-ever earlier this year, it’s made me realise how much my surroundings affect me and my state of mind. I’ve made it a little project to take stock of the things that I no longer need and create more space which means selling old clothes, donating books and organising the things that spark joy.
- Visit someplace new
Since I’m staying home these holidays, I want take every opportunity to explore greater Brisvegas and discover new places in my local area. Maybe even add a road trip or two. I’ve compiled a list of places to eat, experience and get back in touch with nature. Will report back in another post J
- Give back
This is the last and most important point that I’ve added since I started writing this post a week ago. In that short space of time, bushfires have blazed across Australia and the impact is unbelievable. This article by The Guardian outlines several organisations that accept donations to help those that have been affected and lost their homes. I also want to make a conscious effort to volunteer more of my time and would encourage you to as well.
While it is important to make plans and set goals for the new year, it’s also good to take a moment to acknowledge how much we’ve grown and changed. Whether that means acknowledging progress, achieving milestones or being grateful for the people in our lives. We made it! 😀
Illustrated by Musings of the Moon