Life in Mascara: LET'S START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

LET'S START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT

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Working in an elementary school has its perks. For one you can't beat the hours and you also get all the school holidays off. And that means two weeks at Christmas. So Sunday night after New Year's when all the kids are screaming and crying that they don't want to go back trust me when I say all teachers and staff are crying too. 

It is not for lack of love of the job or one another. It's because we (me) spent two glorious weeks not doing our (my) hair, makeup, or wearing anything other than pj pants (or no pants...again me). Going back into an everyday routine can be difficult. Couple that with all the New Year's resolutions and you sometimes just want to wave that white flag.

It doesn't have to be that way. But instead of overwhelming yourself with unrealistic expectations, why not slowly start incorporating some small steps into the direction that you want to go:

1. What do you want? Before you get all cheerleader, what exactly are you cheering for? Take a minute. Look deep inside. What is the main thing you want to accomplish here? Write it down. Then further break down that goal into smaller steps that will take you there. Keep breaking it down until it feels attainable.

2. Wake up earlier? Say what??? I am promise I am not trying to devoid you of the precious elixir that is sleep. But so much can be accomplished in those waking hours. Start small here. Set your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier. Increase it by an additional 5 minutes each week. That way your internal clock and groove aren't shocked and it becomes a natural step for you. In less than 2 months, you will have an extra 30 minutes in the morning just for you. What will you do with it?

3. Be creative. The brain is a powerful thing my friends. And nothing gets the brain working like doing something creative. I am not asking you to go out and paint a mural. You don't even have to paint at all if you don't want to. Just find something that you're passionate about and start doing it. Or even think back to when you were a kid in Art class. What did you like to do then? Did you like to cut out pictures from magazines and glue them on a piece of paper to make a collage? Then why not make a vision board. Print and cut out all those lovely pictures you have pinned on Pinterest and get gluing! 

4. Quit something. I am not trying to trick you here. But why do we have to "start' things in the New Year? Why not "quit" something that is not fulfilling you or harming you? Stop smoking, stop biting your nails, stop saying yes to everyone because you feel like you have to. So many things. How about cooking? I am a HUGE fan of food but cooking is such a chore to me. I always felt like I had to make these elaborate meals for my family on a daily basis. This is after being at work, tending to the dogs, shoving in me time, and cleaning house. Cooking a 5 course meal is the last thing I want to be doing. Instead I have changed my way of going about it. I try to do at least one crock pot meal a week and always on a Monday because Monday's are HARD! This meal will require little to no further assembling and will often yield for two meals. Sometimes we eat it the next day, sometimes for lunch, and sometimes it gets frozen and eaten a couple weeks later. I also now reserve my more tedious recipes for the weekends when I have more time. So quitting can also mean readjusting here. 



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