31 Ways to Start Fresh in 2015


I recently slipped out of the habit of washing my face at night and making my bed in the morning. Those two things don’t exactly sound related, but they are–very much so. They both start and end the day on a disciplined note. And even though the discipline is minute, it made a huge difference in how I viewed my day to day routine, and how I felt about myself.

I’ve gotten back into the habit of taking good care of my skin at night, and making my bed and doing a very quick straightening up of the house in the morning. Just doing these small daily acts makes me feel so on top of things!

Since this is the first time in a long time I haven’t been working full time, there has been a little bit of a learning curve in spending my days productively. Some sort of structure and routine (even if it is only starting the day by making my bed) has proven to be extremely helpful. I want to bring our baby into a home that has order and calm, starting with the first day of his or her life. That’s provided some pretty good motivation for me. (Did I just describe nesting?)

Because it’s January, and the feeling of a fresh start is in the air, I put together a little round up of posts that might inspire you to switch up some part of your daily routine and infuse a little creativity into the things we’ve got to do and the things we ought to do.

I’d love to know if you plan on switching anything up or trying something new this year!


Morning Routine

1) Two new ways to drink your coffee: one that adds iron, calcium, and magnesium to your day and one that will give you a healthy energy boost (perfect for curing the afternoon slump).

2) Tone your skin with this kitchen ingredient before putting on your makeup (or after you take it off).

3) Exfoliate your skin with two natural ingredients.

What You Eat

4) Start eating the salt that is actually good for you.

5) Learn the health benefits of this stuff you probably already have in your kitchen (and start adding it to your water).

6) If one of your goals for the year is to be healthier but you don’t know where to start, try a different approach and simply start with the basics: learn to truly enjoy food and not be afraid of it. Here are some of my favorite inspiring food-appreciation books.


Develop Your Personal Style

7) I am continually having to remind myself to sit up straight, especially when sitting in front of my computer. Here is why you should also make good posture a goal for 2015.

8) Three tips to bend your wardrobe to your will.

9) Three important ways to think about style.

10) My attempt at a ten-item wardrobe (it’s easier than you might think).

Books to Challenge the Way You Think

11) A book that sheds new light on just about every “normal” thought you have ever thought.

12) A book to help you cultivate a daily routine at home that will translate to everything else you do.

13) Read this if you are crazy busy (or even just a little bit busy).

14) Read this if you aren’t crazy about the idea of always being “connected” or if you wonder if technology is really as great as it’s cracked up to be (you might be surprised).

On Setting Goals

15) Don’t overlook the significance of seemingly small decisions.

16) Don’t let big goals bring you down. Remember: you just have to take the first step.

17) It doesn’t mean you aren’t sticking to your goals if you don’t feel 100% motivated 100% of the time.

18) Are you waiting for the stars to align before you start that project you’ve been wanting to start? Why you may not need a plan.


Good Habits

19) Why you should make your bed every morning.

20) Why you should get back into journaling this year.

How to Do Things

21) How to use creativity to find contentment

22) How to worry effectively

23) How to travel with friends without killing each other

24) How to change your life

25) How to start a blog (2015 is the year to do it)

26) How to be jealous (the right way)

27) How to stop being so darn creative and full of ideas

28) How to make your boring office job more bearable

Things to Remember This Year

29) If you are anything like me, you need to hear this on a daily basis: stop being so hard on yourself!

30) Starting really is the hardest part. This year, instead of making sweeping goals that get forgotten after a few weeks, resolve to simply start.

31) If you want to write more this year, but the thought scares you a little bit, here is why you are right, and why you shouldn’t be scared.


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