A new year! I don't normally set new year's resolutions but I enjoy the momentum this time of year brings to work on areas of my life I'd like to improve so I'm going to set three goals.
I've settled on:
1. Move more
2. Eat more foods with color
3. Surround myself with beauty
After two weeks of little to no activity, my body is craving more movement. When I am sedentary, things go haywire: back pain, migraines, disrupted sleep, and general bitchiness to name a few side effects. I have a Fit Bit and I am recommitting to 10,000+ steps a day, rain (snow/ice) or shine. It's 6:30 PM and I have 6351 steps so I'm headed to the gym after dinner!
Eat colorful foods
I originally wrote eat smarter but that just seems so squishy. This time of year I struggle to eat foods that are nutrient rich like fresh fruit and vegetables. Hunger pangs lead me to snacky foods that do not satisfy me (crackers and dry cereal). I had a fresh spinach salad and mixed fruit yesterday and they both tasted so good. Now that I have written this down, I'm going to add a salad to the leftover pizza I've been looking forward to all day.
Surround myself with beauty
This goal is purposefully vague. I know I can change the actions I take to achieve this goal based on what's going on in my life. Right now, I'm focused on staying out of the depths of winter depression. I choose to live in Minnesota so I have only myself to blame. But man, It seriously sucks the life out of me.
Today I printed out the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Winter Guide for ideas on how to take in the beauty of the city during the cold months. I want to try cross country skiing or snowshoeing this year.
Another thing I'm going to do for this goal is take a photo a day. In 2011, I did a 365 photo project and I liked that it gave me reason to seek out new things to capture using my iPhone or DSLR. I also like the challenge in finding beauty in the mundane when I have limited daylight hours for photo explorations.
In line with surrounding myself with beauty, I signed up for Apartment Therapy's "January Cure" because I found it helpful when I completed the homework in our old house. Today's assignment was to create a project list with 3-5 areas of focus for each room of our home.
Upstairs bedroom and bathroom:
I work in the Mayo Memorial Building at the University of Minnesota which is an Instagrammer's paradise (cool letters/numbers, creepy hallways and origami cranes ). I spotted this table, lamp and stool outside the lab next door and commented on Instagram that "I kind of want this for my home." Flash forward a month and I am making it a reality. The lamp has already been scavenged but as soon as the "trash/toss" post-it notes were added to the stool and table, I swiftly moved them to my office.
This is a relatively tame venture into repurposing throwaways for new uses since I can always put them in my garage or basement as is and they will still be functional. I am going to try my hand at changing out the stool seat cover with something more colorful and perhaps painting the metal (inspired by this metal folding chair makeover). For the table, I hope to add a new top or otherwise make the existing top less scratchy/ugly.
I like the idea that no matter the result of this project, I'll have a piece of University of Minnesota research in my home!
If you like health related news and information, check out the blog Health Talk which is the work of my awesome co-workers.
The Nivens Family