Last year, I shared the plans for My Year of Less. And if you have followed the blog for the last few years, then you know I am very into minimalism, challenging myself with no spending sprees, setting monthly budgets, and overall being very careful about spending and what I bring into my home. I enjoyed last year so much, I plan to do another Year of Less. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
When I looked back at my project list 2021, I didn’t think I had accomplished very much. But I was surprised that even with my Year of Less rules, I was able to complete a budget-friendly laundry room makeover and completed seasonal decorating within my monthly budget for decor. It was also a great year for me personally with more family vacations, experiences, and even an unexpected road trip with my sister. And I plan to do more of that in 2022.
Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change. – Jim Rohn
My goals for the last few years have been simple and I will continue them this year as well.
- SET A MONTHLY BUDGET
- MOVE MORE, SIT LESS
- ADOPT AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
- STICK TO A CLEANING ROUTINE
- LIVE SIMPLY, CONSUME LESS
- MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE
- COMPLETE A NO SPEND MONTH
- REDUCE MY DEBT
- CONTINUE MY FITNESS JOURNEY
- PUT MY PHONE AWAY
- READ MORE
I’ve always been a perfectionist, a type-A personality, and an enneagram one – however you want to label it. I’ve always looked for the “next thing”, the next milestone, the next goal. Once something is accomplished, I’m onto the next thing without even appreciating the accomplishment. And when things aren’t going “right”, I can become very negative. So, a gratitude journal is something I am going to try this year. It’s easy to do on the good days and is something to look at on the bad days.
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. – Jim Rohn
A monthly budget and reducing my debt are something I worked on last year and will continue this year also. I have a template on my phone to keep track of my spending and debt pay-offs. They work well and I like that I always have them with me. But putting my phone away is another struggle and something I’m going to start practicing.
I’m still very into Pilates and work out five to six days a week. I not only do it for the weight loss but mentally too. I’m definitely one of those people that needs to work out for my mental health. Clean and organized surroundings also help, so I’m recommitting to my cleaning routine. Lately, I’ve been following Clean Mama and her daily routines and they work well for me.
Self-care and reading have become some of my favorite things to do. I commit to a weekly at-home facial, face mask, and bath while reading a new book. It might not always happen when planned, but even if I have to get up early before work, I make it a priority. It makes me feel better, and I got some alone time. And as an introvert, that is another thing I strive for -time alone to recharge and prepare for the day ahead.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve truly learned so much about myself, how to accept myself, and what I need to thrive. And another Year of Less is just what I need.