Seven Little Ways To Improve Each Day And Make This Your Best Year Yet!

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Here are 7 little ways to improve each day and make this your best year! They add up to make a BIG difference in your day! #NewYou #SameSilkySmoothTaste #ad

I’ve always been a fan of the New Year, New You motivation, but it’s been on fire for the last two years.

What has changed? Well, EVERYTHING. I think it’s just about raising kids and watching them grow up – and a bit more independent each day. Once you get out of the swirl and whirl of diaper changes, naps, and feedings, you’re left with the core of your life. Love. Work. Meaning. Dreaming. Once Des grew out of the toddler stage, it hit me that while we still have many vivid and gorgeous years of parenting not yet under our belt, I still want to work on the foundation of this life. I suppose there are more than one thing holding up the foundation. I want to work on my career. I want to work on my marriage.

I want to work on ME.

There are so many intricate pieces that add up together to make a fulfilling life. They’re steps! They’re ways. They are big by themselves, especially when you work on them daily, and they also add up together to make big changes – for your best year!

I keep this cute TASKS app on my phone, and while it doesn’t necessarily propel me, reward me, or hold me accountable, it does serve two purposes. 1 – it does inspire me. It’s just one step of many little steps, that add up to BIG changes. And 2 – it shows me what I find important – and what it means to me to succeed. It’s a well-rounded list, and you can try it too!

1 – Get up early. Hear me out on this one, because I DON’T believe in getting up early. I’m absolutely a night owl and I always say that getting up early is fighting my own biology. You just never know what you’ll see at dawn, though. One of my dreams is to get boots up to my waist (does that exist?) and sit with a tripod and a zoom lens in a lake at dawn, just to see what kind of wildlife comes through. By the beach, you can see sunrises. If you’re hiking, rock climbing, or on a mountain, the morning light will take your breath away, just as much as whatever you’re doing does. I firmly believe that to really “get” a place, see it at dawn. That’s one of my #1 travel photography tips, but I think it should be applied to home life and daily life.

Try it out and see morning in a new way. I believe it will improve every day, and your year.

2 – Make playing a priority. Believe it or not, even though I’m a parent, I still need this reminder. Before I had kids, I still found ways to play because I thought if I stopped, I’d grow old too fast. For me then, it was bowling and video games. You can use trivia games, mini golf, and basically think of ANYTHING that has the sole purpose of enjoyment. How novel is that?

3 – Move your body! One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not easy. Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s crucial. If I skip movement, I get into an exhausted rut. I can see the difference in anything I do. It’s hard to hold yourself accountable, right? Some ideas – always take the stairs. Get a pedometer and aim for 10,000+ steps a day. Join a local team. Pay for a dance or barre or fitness class ahead of time so you want to get your money’s worth! Go for a walk with the dog. Get down off your desk and do a 90 second plank! I honestly just did one. Ok, I exaggerated a bit. I can get to 70 seconds, though!

This was me a year ago, the first time I was greatly humbled by barre!

4 – Be still. I’m not going to tell you to relax, because if you’re like me, you get rather annoyed/rebellious when someone tells you to relax. “No, I will not relax! In fact, I will do the opposite to spite you!” The studies do show, though, that meditation does a bunch of good stuff for your days. What you can do is practice sitting quietly. It may not come easily right away, but practice makes everything feel more natural. Start with five minutes a day, and work your way up to 20!

Just taking that time for yourself will make you better off in the long run.

5 – Give yourself boosts of energy – through different avenues. I scatter these throughout my day like little shooting stars. They make ALL the difference. It’s whatever gets you going, right in the heart. First, drink a glass of water. Aromatherapy? Diffuse some oils. Music? Play a power song. Connections? Call, text or email a loved one who is NOT expecting it. Do something amazing – like donate money, send a gift basket, help a neighbor. These are the very things that make us human, and they are the very things that keep us going. Do them DAILY. These are powerful and motivating self-care and care deeds, punctuated with a glass of water, about 7-8 times a day. It builds! Plus, you keep hydrated! Now that’s magic.

6 – Do things with your WHOLE heart. I think this has been my biggest lesson and my biggest resolution of 2017 so far. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. If it feels right, not only should you JUST DO IT, but go that extra distance.

7 – Give your morning routine a big boost. By now, you know I believe that little wins of each day become positive and lasting changes in your overall health. I’ve been looking into using less dairy and more plant based products in my days, and my years. That’s why I was so excited to see that Silk Milk, a product I already love, is featuring new packaging that came out in mid-late January. Silk Milk is the perfect everyday milk for all dairy-free needs, and I get it at Walmart.

I LOVE Silk Almondmilk. with its mildly nutty taste, and great calorie count, I love it with cereal, and as a smart swap for recipes, shakes, and smoothies that call for milk. No cholesterol or saturated fat! It’s the power of plant-based nutrition.

Then we have Silk Yogurt! It’s the PERFECT everyday snack, breakfast, lunch, etc. for your dairy-free needs. The Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternatives are available in six different flavors. I generally buy a bunch at once.

They are all unbelievably smooth and creamy, cholesterol-free, vegetarian, and containing 6g of plant-based protein!

Now how awesome is this?

Are you ready to embrace a new you and your best year yet? What’s your favorite Silk product?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


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Seven Little Ways To Improve Each Day And Make This Your Best Year Yet! — 37 Comments

  1. These are all great tips. And not moving makes me get in a exhausted rut too. I was sick recently and when I started exercising again it wore me out so fast.

  2. I haven’t tried almond milk yet but I’ll check if our nearby grocery store has it. 🙂

    As you know, I wake up at noon because of my work which is why I appreciate mornings so much. I’ve already spent 2 weekends waking up so early, 4am! All for the sake of adventures. Ha! I know it ruined my body clock but well, doesn’t happen all the time so I loved it!

    Also, I get the point of telling someone to relax or someone telling you to relax. I feel you! PS: Love the glorious colors of your photos here!

    • I remember waking up at noon every day in college. Ah, I miss that.
      Almond milk is pretty cool. I like tofu but I’m not a vegetarian, and I like almond milk, even though dairy doesn’t bother me. So I guess it’s just that good!

  3. These are all great tips. On a day I am able to wake early, make time for exercise and do activities I enjoy, I clearly feel the different. Great post to read on a Monday morning. Thanks, Tamara!

    • We have some rough starts to mornings around here. Icy driveways, roof leaks, packing two lunches, finding homework, etc. It makes me think about how it doesn’t have to be this way. I can make it better!

  4. My hubby found out last year that he has a milk sensitivity, Silk products have been a lifesaver! Almond milk for his cereal and the Silk yogurt is delicious…. we were really pleasant surprised! Makes living without milk so much easier & tasty!

  5. I love “New Year! New You” I’m adopting it 🙂 I can’t believe Silk is Dairy-Free and tastes that good. I’ve been eating Silk for the last few years, and I can’t get enough. I love getting up early, I get so much stuff done, and it feels like I’m stealing time. Great post today.

  6. Wonderful tips and suggestions to make this year a better (and healthier one)!

    My daughter has an anaphylaxis dairy allergy – she would love this yogurt alternative (and I love the SILK products). It’s the only brand we purchase. I can imagine it’s a delicious alternative yogurt! I hope it arrives in Canada soon!

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    xoxo

    • I know you have talked about the dairy allergy! I’m so glad there are alternatives for her, and I hope she outgrows it because I know that happens, right?
      I’ll have to take it over the border where New Hampshire meets Canada and send it on moose-back to you!

  7. What a wonderful post, Tamara! You’re right that self-improvement is a journey not a destination. You just keep getting better each day (or week…or month), and then you wake up to realize that you’ve made some seriously awesome changes. Keep up the good work! Oh, and I think you should grab some fly-fishing pants and go stand in a lake this weekend. 🙂 #client

    • All the lakes around here are frozen solid! I now know that what I’m looking for is called “hip waders.” I hope to do a post on my hip-wading experiences one of these days..
      Thanks, as always, for your amazing input!

  8. Uhm, I didn’t know that Silk had yogurt products–I’d love to try (loooove their almond milk so much!).

    I love this post. Especially working on all of those little things–but the biggie is working on myself, which I see made it to your list, too. We can’t ever stop!

    Lots of areas for self-improvement in my life. I’m not much of an early bird, which is a shame, because I’m missing out on these gorgeous sunrises <3

    • I didn’t know it either! They’re really, really good! I like the strawberry ones because it’s creamy and has chunks of strawberries in it, so what’s not to love?
      I worry I’ll never be a morning person, but until Des starts sleeping later, tis is our current fate!

  9. Great tips – I love them all! So true that it is really important that we take care of ourselves. I am a fan of SILK milk, but have not yet tried their yogurt. I will be on the look out for it as I am really trying to improve my eating habits this year.

  10. Those are all really great tips. I really love that one about making play a priority. As adults we think that playing is just for kids, but maybe that’s why they’re so carefree, we need to follow their example and play a bit more. As for SILK, it’s one that I keep in my refrigerator since Mikael is lactose intolerant so it works wonders for him.

  11. Well, you know how I feel about mornings. But I’m getting so much better, and I see a huge positive difference in my days. Now I just need to get to bed earlier. I’ve been wanting to try Almond Milk – I will pick some up.

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