I’m not a fan of New Year resolutions. Probably because resolutions set me up for failure. In the past, my goal to stay fit would barely last a month, and it would be a miracle if I could cut down on sweets for more than 24 hours. Instead, I’ve always been a firm believer in the “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good” philosophy, and I utilize this ideology to help me start off the New Year right.
From the time I was in high school, I would dress up for exams. Even if I had just pulled an all-nighter for my college final, I’d make sure I looked somewhat presentable. In medical school, I was reminded that despite working 30 hours nonstop wearing hospital scrubs, I should walk into and out of the hospital in professional attire. So because I always believed that looking good leads to feeling good, I think it’s more realistic to start the new year being so fresh and so clean.
Let’s rejuvenate ourselves and welcome the New Year with confidence in a few simple ways.
Nowadays we refer to it as “self-care.” And I don’t mean you need to book a spa weekend in Sonoma (unless you want to, because that would be fantastic!). But a tiny bit of pampering will go a long way. Whatever makes you feel refreshed, whether it’s a bath, manicure, pedicure, spa facial or massage, go for it! I plan to get a pedicure. Although I’m alternating between rainboots and UGGs in the middle of winter, a pedicure makes me feel like I’m putting my best foot forward (pun intended).
Clean Your Car
Growing up, family traditions included cleaning our house for the New Year. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, right? With the insanely packed schedule of work, holidays, and Christmas parties, I’ll be lucky if the toilets are scrubbed and there aren’t dirty dishes in the sink when we ring in 2017. Rather than agonizing over how my home won’t be immaculate, I’ll focus my attention on my car. As a commuter, I basically live in my car. And it really looks like I do. The wonderful Sonoma County rain has negated my need for a car wash (Thank you, Mother Nature). So I plan to finally vacuum my poor little crossover SUV. Adios Cheerios, crackers, and unknown sticky substances littering my floor. There’s nothing like stepping into a clean car at 6am and just once, not crushing on a Goldfish cracker under my shoe.
Get Some Fresh Air
I might consider myself “indoorsy”, but sometimes I even get a bit of cabin fever. If you’re feeling like you’re watching too much Netflix or your kids keep winning every board game you own, take advantage of the mild California Winter and breathe the fresh air on a quick hike. Enjoy letting the New Year in while being surrounded by majestic redwoods or taking in the coastal views. The beauty of living in Sonoma County is that you don’t need to travel very far. Go on a “nature walk” in your own neighborhood and let your kids point out the different plants they see. There’s actually a trail right next to our house that we have yet to explore (sad, but true). But I promise it will not remain uncharted territory much longer.
Clear Your Inbox
I’m sure I’m not the only one who opens their email and sees 362 unread messages (or more!) How amazing would it be to start the year off with ZERO unread messages? It’s time to go on a deleting frenzy and rid myself of the junk emails cluttering my inbox. Although it’s a tedious task, it’ll start the year feeling organized and ready to break out of holiday mode.