There are just over 50 days left in the decade. Not just the year, but the DECADE.
I don’t know about you, but that has woken me up to take major evaluation, action and control over my life. I don’t want it to go by in a blur and wake up in January wishing I had done things differently.
Here is a to do list to close out the decade in the hopes that we all can be the best versions of ourselves going into the next one:
1. Drink more water. This seems like such a small thing but it can make such a large difference to our health. Don’t wait for the new year to make this simple change that will help you glow all holiday season long.
2. Write out your goals. Close out the year and these last two months by writing out exactly what you want to achieve and also what you want to accomplish in 2020. Decide what you most want physically, mentally, spiritually and financially and take steps every day to help get you there. You’ll end this year on a high note and start the next one with guns blazing. You’ve got this.
3. Say no. In the season of yes, just pause and make sure that you are saying yes to the events that you really want to be a part of. A big reason for all of the stress we feel this time of year is that we’ve overcommitted ourselves, often to things that we don’t really want to do. Let the things that are toxic and not enjoyable take a backseat in your life. It is okay to evolve. Make room for the parties and events that you most want to attend and spend time with the people you love the most. Choose your yes’s wisely.
4. Think about what is best for you. I know it is wild to think about yourself this time of year, but please dear one, prioritize you. Take a break. Take a day. Take a bath. Do whatever you have to do to take care of you. Sometimes you have to refill your own cup first so you can best take care of everyone else.
5.0 Break tradition. Or start a new one. Do you dread going to Aunt Edna’s ornament exchange? Don’t go. Want to order Chinese food on Thanksgiving and stay in your pajamas? Do it. That is actually what I’m going to do with my kids this year and then head to my brother’s house for dessert and a sleepover (we will already be ready in our pajamas) and it is a guilt free win-win all around. Your time, money and energy are so extremely valuable so don’t forget to treat them as they are. You have permission to reevaluate what is important in your life and make edits and add ons accordingly.
6.0 Limit the judging. And the guilt trips. I’m looking at you Aunt Edna. People may make you feel bad for choosing what is best for you and your family, that comes with the territory, but just make sure that you are not one of them casting the guilt on someone else. And remember that what makes one person happy, might not make you happy and vice versa. Does your best friend love to host a massive ugly Christmas sweater party and make homemade papier mache ornaments? Let her go at it. Do you hate to bake but love to volunteer at the Santa shop at school? Go to the school and buy the cookies. Let everyone craft, bake, wrap, shop, volunteer and decorate at whatever level that brings them joy. No judgement if you aren’t Martha Stewart and also no judgement if you are.
In these last two months of 2019, let’s choose joy. I’m deciding to let go of things that are no longer serving me and opening my arms wide to the things and people that do. I am excited for the days ahead and so ready for all the good that is to come.
Happy November and happy last 54 days.
Let’s do this.
Katie has a new book out that is a collection of quotes and mic drops to embrace your inner warrior. “Girl Power” is available now on Amazon and is the perfect gift for all the warriors in your world. You can find out more details and book signing info on her instagram @katieyackleymoore. Endless thanks for reading. Xo
Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.