12.30.2016

32 THINGS TO DO FOR YOURSELF IN 2017

Last night, I snapped this photo while walking Chief and reflecting on self improvement.    I started a list for myself and ended up with a blog post that I hope will be useful for you, too.

     1.   Stretch a little before you get out of bed. 

2.   Buy a portable water bottle/cup and refill it often.
     My son bought this S'well one for me for Christmas and I love it.  It keeps liquids hot or cold for hours.

        3.   Prepare five days worth of breakfast in advance.
       Like this one  

4.   To save time, separate your 
essential six or seven make-up products.  
                   Store them in a glass container on the counter and leave all the non-essentials in the drawer for special occasions. 
   
5.   Sign up for a yoga class.  I am trying a new one in our neighborhood and I signed up on-line.

6.  Volunteer through websites like these or with your church or temple.

7.  Buy a new magazine subscription
          I want this one.
8.   Use the stairs.

9.   Take a deep breath and slowly exhale.
       Try it now.

10.  Buy a steps tracker (like Fitbit) and get in extra steps like marching in place while brushing your teeth.  I am so happy my ankle is getting better everyday after my injury.

11.  Make a new song play list with energizing music.
       We have the Apple Music Family Monthly Membership for unlimited downloads.  I love that they have recommended songs just for me.  You can check out Pandora or Spotify, too.

12.  Go for a walk with your new play list
          My husband gave me these wireless ear phones and the sound is great...



13.  Put on a hydrating/cleansing face creme while taking a warm bath.

14.  Exfoliate your feet in the shower with a heavy emery board and hair conditioner.
My manicurist gave me this advice as 
the conditioner doesn't dry out your skin like soap.

15.  Donate clothes/shoes you never wear.

16.  Do the plank pose 
or sit-ups during TV commercials.

17.  Create five days of outfits.

18.  Call someone you love just to hear their voice.
          (I loved hearing my sweet cousin's from New Jersey voice today. Thanks for calling, Patricia).

19.  Make your own body scrub. Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1/2 cup organic sugar.  Leave in a jar in your shower.

20.  Schedule lunch with an old friend.

21.  Store fruit and vegetables in handy, visible containers.
22.  Reread a favorite classic book.

23.  Buy new underwear. 
 and clean out your drawer.

24.  Brew green tea to keep in the fridge for iced tea.  It has antioxidants and according to Web MD:  
    Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer's disease. Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause.


25.  Organize your shirts by color and then sleeve length.

26.  Try dark roasted organic peanut butter
    with nothing else added like hydrogenated oils or  sugar.

27.  Schedule exercise on your calendar (like an  appointment).

28.  Put vitamins/pills in a weekly pill box (CVS gave me a free one).  These vitamins are the tastiest I've tried. I also add Vitamin D and a Fish Oil tablet.


29. Sit up straight and tighten your stomach while at your desk, driving or sitting still (like right now, ok?) to strengthen your core.

30.  Don’t worry.  It is a wasted emotion. 
        My husband's advice...easier said than done.  Especially in the middle of the night.

31.  Get a flu shot.  I didn't want to either but I got mine at the pharmacy in the grocery store.  Wasn't bad.

32.  Smile more. A smile and some of these can make you look gorgeous.

I'm printing this out for my bulletin board:
Note:  There are some affiliate links in this post, which may give me a very small commission if you buy anything.  Like I was surprised that a bunch of you took my advice on the Rummikub Game...it's fun, right?  I only recommend things I like personally and would provide the link to anyway.

WELCOME 2017...COME TO MAMA!

38 comments:

  1. Love this list! Plan to print it off for myself and I'm already doing one today --having lunch with an old friend. Thanks for all the great tips! Happy New Year!

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  2. What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing these tips. I'm going to try the creamy cleanser in the bath. I'm currently getting physical therapy for a lower back/ hip injury. All of the physical therapists swear that 'strengthening your core' is the key to good health. So do pelvic tilts or sit-ups! Happy New year to you and your family!

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    1. Yes, Brenda...I do a lot of moving furniture...I really need to strengthen my core...would hate for a lower back injury. Good luck!

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    2. I did physical therapy for a while for my lower back (at l'Ecole du Dos--Back School!), and while that got me past the injury, what really changed my game was taking up Pilates a couple of years ago. Decades of faithfully doing sit-ups daily (sometimes even a couple hundred) never got me the results I see from Pilates 2x a week. Do it with an instructor to make sure you're doing it right. Being coached and corrected is so important.

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  3. This is perfect inspiration to start the New Year. I was born on New Year's Day so each year really is a new beginning for me. My treat this year is to print this as inspiration. Love all your posts and love following you and Cindy Hattersley as you "play". Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Holly. Cindy is a lot of fun...and I call her when I am stumped about certain design dilemma. I've already done a number of these things today...lots more to go, but I feel great!

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  4. love each and every one of these Mary Ann. :) I need to get back on the plank challenge...I was up to 2 minutes twice a day this summer. somehow got off track. ;( always a great time to start again now that its the new year almost. hope you have a very happy New Year indeed!

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    1. I THOUGHT about doing the plank during the commercials last night... perhaps today, I actually WILL :)
      Happy New Year, Nancy.

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  5. Happy New Year Mary Ann! This list you've shared with us is definitely going up on my bulletin board and I vow to do as many of these as possible. Luckily I can cross off a few already, but I really need to work on the others. You've really hit the nail on the head with every one of these and they're not that difficult. No. 30 will be a tough one for me!
    Wishing you a new year filled with tons of fun and adventure but mostly, good health!
    Love, Gail

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  6. A wonderful list of very doable things, thanks for the inspiration and motivation!

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    1. Thanks, Kathysue...done a bunch of them already!

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  7. What a fantastic list!! Already doing some of them, but there are a lot on here that need to be done daily that I am not already doing. Love LOVE my fitbit...just wish I had one that reminded me I need to "move" before the hour is up. All good wishes for a healthy and happy new year for you and your family. :)
    Kelly

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  8. What a great list! I resolved long ago not to make resolutions, but I do like the idea of an inspiration list. Of the things on your list, I've done #7 recently (subscribed to The Magnolia Journal), just did #9 while reading this (feels great), love the idea of #13, do #15 throughout the year, need to do #16, and will do #23. I already do #25 (so convenient), really need to commit to #29, and wish everyone would do #32.
    Love this, Mary Ann. Thanks for sharing.
    Claudia

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  9. Lots of fabulous ideas here to follow along with. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2017 xx

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  10. Such great advice. Some I do now, some I should start. All are great reminders. And no matter what, I love the idea of actually printing it and posting it somewhere that stares you right in the face! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you!! I did a number of them yesterday...like walked Chief with a new playlist to GapBody for new on-sale underwear!

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  11. Great inspiration list for 2017. I've just discovered your beautiful posts/website. We are headed for SF as well when I officially retire in May. Would love to use your realtor if you would share. Looking forward to reading your posts!

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    1. We don't have a realtor to recommend, Linda...but good luck with your search. I think you will enjoy it here!

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  12. Love your ideas! I need to do more planks too! Happy New Year!

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  13. Love this! And I'm calling you next week!

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  14. Mary Ann,
    I love these!! Looking forward to a new year of great posts from you! I truly enjoy your posts! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

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    1. Thanks, Carol...please keep up your amazing Instagram feed :) Happy New Year!

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  15. Wow! I make Lipton's tea and green tea together and keep in the fridge for iced tea. This is the list to accomplish a lot of our resolutions. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you...I still need to make the green tea. My husband brought some back from China...he said they use it for it's health benefits there.

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  16. Love all of these...will be doing more yoga, deep inhales, exhales, healthy eating and calling/spending more time with my loves! Happy 2017!

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    1. Going to that new yoga class tomorrow, Jackie. Happy 2017 to you!

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  18. Happy Healthy New Year! I enjoy your uplifting posts, thank you.

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    1. Happy healthy New Year to you, Maureen!!!

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  19. This is awesome, Mary Ann! And just what i needed to read today as i make a plan and get organized like everyone else on the planet. Green tea is so important for anti-cancer living, and don't you love the clean slate a new year brings? peace to you in this new year, beautiful blogger. xox

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  20. Happy New year!! What wonderful advice I love all of these and you are right the stop worrying one is definitely the one I need to work on he most!

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  21. Happy New Year Mary Ann! Love all of these tips...have been doing some for some time now. I am signing up for a yoga class soon. I haven't taken it since college! Love the tip from your manicurist, I have some of those emery boards so I will give that a try. And why does worry always hit us in the wee hours of the morning? :/

    Linda in S.D.

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  22. What a fabulous list Mary Ann, thanks for the motivation! :) Wishing you the very best in 2017!

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  23. What great ideas. I gave up along time ago on New Year's resolutions thought I am cleaning out my closet as I write this!! I love the idea of storing your makeup essentials at hands length. Great suggestion. I have done the exact same thing with eggs I need to get on that bandwagon again!

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    1. It's funny, Cindy...these don't feel like resolutions...just suggestions to make me feel better. I haven't cleaned out my closet yet. :) Good for you!

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  24. Love all your ideas. Now I just have to do them. Have you tried Amope? For the dry skin on the bottoms of your feet? I love it. Works great.

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