Make your home a wonderful place to be
Home is our retreat from the world- after a long day when all you want to do is hide away and recuperate, your home is what provides you with feelings of warmth, cosiness and relaxation. So it’s worth making your surroundings beautiful and ensuring it’s a place you genuinely love spending time. Have a big declutter, throw away or donate things you no longer need or use and find good storage solutions for the things you do. Deep clean, hire a carpet cleaner, wash your curtains, pull out furniture and dust behind it- all of the jobs you wouldn’t do on a normal day. And redecorate if it needs it, a fresh coat of paint on the walls can do wonders, or add some interest with some feature wallpaper. Swap out cushion covers to something with a bit of colour or pattern, and dot around houseplants to add some interest. Home should be a collection of things that we love, if yours is lacking then making a few simple changes could most definitely benefit your life.
Focus on your health
We only get one body so it’s important to treat it right. Eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and quitting dangerous vices such as binge drinking and smoking are all important to living well. Don’t see healthy living as a diet, or as any kind of restriction- it’s not about what you’re ‘missing out’ on, but everything you have to gain. Delicious, flavoursome healthy food for example. You could learn to cook and get real enjoyment out of preparing your meals. Exercise, this could be taking up a sport or active hobby that you actually look forward to going to. Prioritising sleep by shifting your schedule around will make you feel better in every aspect of your life, your mood will be better, you’ll have more energy and suffer with fewer long and short term health problems.
Start your own business
Starting your very own business venture is something that’s entirely possible this day in age. Of course, it can take a while to get going so might not be something you can quit your day job and do full time right away. But start small, see it as a side hustle or even as a hobby to begin with. As things grow and develop and you start to earn more, you might be in a position where you can go full time. As things start to snowball, you can hire help from third party companies- whether it’s to design your app and website or to deal with your marketing. They will know how to deal with everything from a popup banner for eLearning companies to social media marketing for retail businesses. Find companies that have experience in the business you’re running and utilise the help they’re able to provide. Running your own business means you’re the boss, not only do you get to earn money in a flexible way but you can escape the rat race. No more early morning or busy evening commutes, no more boss breathing down your neck or having your creativity limited by the constraints of your job role.
Travel doesn’t always have to be jetting off to exotic destinations. It can be road trips with friends, pitching a tent and sitting around a campfire with your family, or booking a coach trip to a random city you’ve never been to. If you are able to hop on a plane and visit places across the world then definitely do, but if you cant then just go where you can! Every destination, city, town or village has a story to tell.
Set new goals
Finally, setting new goals is an important way to make progress, to give yourself that boost to go and do the things that you aspire to do. Without having them written down it’s easy to fall back into your rut and for things to stay the same. Write out a list of a few goals you’d like to achieve over the coming years and then break them down into smaller things. Maybe you want to be debt free by this time next year, perhaps you want to go back into education or maybe you want to start a family? Write them down so they’re secure in your mind and when you feel yourself drifting off your path, look at them again. Ask yourself, ‘what am I doing in my life that’s getting me closer to these goals?’