You know that feeling when you're on holiday/vacation and the world just seems right? You leave your cares at home and you're enjoying time with you family and your friends when suddenly the brain fog clears, you feel inspired and think, "Something has to change." Well, that happened to us last weekend - us, meaning, my husband and me.
Last weekend for the 3-day bank holiday weekend, we visited our friends in London and felt relaxed the second we walked into their beautiful, spa-like-scented flat. I don't need to go into detail about our friends' amazing generosity or what we did in London, but I definitely want to let you in on the changes Jeff and I want to make to enjoy life more.
1. Once-a-month date night - Jeff and I love spending time together, especially on our own without the girls, but we hardly ever get to due to not having parents around to babysit and not prioritizing money in our budget for a babysitter and dinner or a movie out. Not anymore: at the beginning of each month we're going to decide our date night, book a babysitter (do you book a babysitter?!) and budget for a night out.
2. Home Improvements - After 4 years in our house, we're having a back splash tiled and 4 rooms painted... eventually. As the self-declared most indecisive person in the world, I haven't completely settled on the tile for the back splash, nor have we completely decided whether or not we're going through with this. I kind of drive myself crazy going back and forth on whether do something or not... I'll let you know what we decide.
3. De-clutter the house - We also desperately need to de-clutter the house due, again, to my indecisiveness that has led to piles of papers, magazines, toys and clothes. All of this stuff doesn't bring me happiness - very Konmari, indeed. I've decided to concentrate on one small area of our home per week. Again, small changes consistently worked on will bring change.
4. Achieve my weight loss goals - of course, this goal is only for me. A month ago, I decided to rejoin Weight Watchers for the umpteenth time, which you can read about here (the-night-before.html). It's been slow until due to giving myself too many allowances (aka: treats), but I'm focused and determined to reach my goal. Life will be so much more enjoyable when I can finally stop thinking about reaching my goal weight.
5. Our careers - because I don't know who will be reading this, I can't exactly go into detail about thoughts and plans. Our friends encouraged us, however, to consider where we want to be in 5 and 10 years time and start working towards it.
What "something" in your life has to change? What is holding you back from making these changes? Are there some changes you'd like to make that you don't have control over? I want to encourage you to speak to your spouse or close friends about these changes and ask them to help you put them into action and hold you accountable to making those positive steps in your life.