I’m not much on New Year’s resolutions, these days, though I do love choosing a word for the year. But I recently read Lindsey’s lovely, thought-provoking take on starting the New Year: musing on what she knows. (She wrote a similar post back in November about starting with what we know.)
As we go deeper into January, I thought I’d share a few things I know (but often need to remember):
I know that I need eight hours of sleep. It’s so hard to close the book/turn off the computer/put down my phone and go to bed, but so necessary.
I know that I feel more clearheaded if I start the day with a little writing: a journal entry, a blog post, a work-related project when I get to the office. I also know that I feel much more centered if I scribble in my journal nearly every day.
I know that too much time online makes me feel scattered and vaguely uneasy. But I also know that deep connections exist online, and I am grateful for them.
I know that planning ahead for the week – even in broad outlines – often saves me from feeling crazed later in the week.
I know that I need to move my body on purpose: taking lunchtime walks, doing yoga when I can, getting up from my desk a few times a day. I also know that I need to get outside, every single day, even when it’s frigid.
I know that I need to drink a lot of water, especially during these dry, cold winter days.
I know that fresh flowers make me unbelievably happy. They feel like a small extravagance, but are so worth the money. (The weekly chats with my florist are also nice.)
I know that I’m a happier person if I spend some time immersed in a book every day.
I know that the copious cups of tea I drink serve several functions: warmth, caffeine, pleasant taste, beloved ritual. I also know that chai lattes are both a frequent treat and a lifesaver. (It is the small things that save my life over and over.)
I know that so many of these practices – taking walks, reading, writing, buying flowers, making tea – help me to pay attention to my life, which is so vitally important.
What do you know? How is 2016 treating you so far?