1. Take care of your health (physical & mental) — Believe it or not, they actually go hand in hand.
Benefits of exercising include, but are not limited to:
♥ Improved self-confidence
♥ Improved overall Well-being
♥ Sexual satisfaction
♥ Improved Intellectual functioning
Exercise has even been reported to decrease the following:
♥ Alcohol abuse
♥ Mild to Moderate Depression 1
2. Keep A Clean Living Space
The importance of a clean house is not to be underestimated. Having a messy area can actually be distracting and prevent you from getting other things done.
3. Cook More Real Food
There is a certain amount of self-satisfaction knowing you took the time out of your busy day to make your own meal. With all of the overly processed foods out there, knowing exactly what ingredients you’re putting in your body is a comforting feeling. After all, you only get one body—unless you’re Kim K. of course.
4. Make personal connections with people
This world can be an increasingly lonely place, but making personal connections with others makes life that much better. Social media can make you feel distant or loved, depending upon how you use it. Reach out to people and engage in real conversations. You’d be surprised how much you may have in common with a stranger. Now — Don’t forget meeting people in person is just as important. I’m available to chat on various social media platforms, don’t be afraid to chat me up on Instagram or Facebook.
5. Fear-less, Do More
I’m not saying go out and live a fearless life, but fear can be crippling. How about actually living—try something new & step out of your comfort zone. Remember that one time I went camping in the Adirondacks on an island?! No? No worries, catch up here.. Adirondack Island Getaway. How about the time that I snuck up on a roof top and stood on the edge? Read that epic story here.
6. Focus On Your Strengths
God knows we have plenty of weaknesses, but how about we try focusing on our strengths for once. For those looking for an enticing read in the new year, I highly recommend you add this to the list: Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to develop your talents and those of the people you manage. For example, I have a way of connecting with people through writing; however, I’m not so good at math. The concept is as simple as this; focus on connecting with people through writing and create momentum for yourself. So—blogging, here I come.
7. Be a Woman Who Empowers Other Women
It’s a common, almost disgustingly popular trend to comment negatively regarding other women’s bodies. We are almost all guilty of this. Just because everyone else does it and just because they think it’s okay, doesn’t mean it actually is. Challenge popular opinions. You can find a prime example of women empowering other women in my post titled Every Body Is Beautiful and read about how I took the pledge.
8. Surround Yourself With Likeminded People
We are most at home when we are surrounded by others whom we are most comfortable around. Finding people that have the same mindset or outlook on life as you do are where you are bound to shine the most. One diamond is shiny, but how about 100,000 diamonds? 🙂 Now that is real shine.
9. Attract What You Expect, Reflect What You Desire
This is for all my single peeps as well as people in relationships. Say it a couple times aloud to grasp the full meaning. No doubles standard here, just love. Keep in mind, this also applies to friendships.
10. Be UNpopular
Last, but certainly not least. My blog title. You don’t have to go with the crowd. Stand up for what you believe and be Unpopular. We need more of you.
- Taylor, C B, J F Sallis, and R Needle. “The Relation of Physical Activity and Exercise to Mental Health.” Public Health Reports 100.2 (1985): 195–202. Print.