We’re officially one month into 2017 and wow, it’s been an interesting start to the year.
For me personally, January just flew by. I felt like one minute I was celebrating the start of the new year and launching Bookish & Bright and the next thing I knew, my planner was telling me it was already the end of the month. Crazy.
This month I’m really focusing on continuing to push forward. Now that the high of the new year has worn off and many of us are feeling the aftermath of failing our New Years resolutions, I’m definitely trying to incorporate some positivity and more self-care into my life.
As someone who suffers from anxiety and has dealt with depression in the past, I find that I struggle to be positive within myself and with myself. It’s so easy for me to naturally just be negative about my appearance or the happenings in my life and changing that thought pattern is a real struggle for me. Each day in February, I want to switch off my phone more, disconnect from social media a little bit each day instead of being engrossed in followers, likes, retweets and reblogs. I want to spend more time doing things that I normally don’t do because I feel it makes me seem lazy or because I could be using my time better, like reading in bed, sleeping in and binging TV shows on Netflix before the craziness of the first semester begins.
I’ve also got big plans to spread the positivity around (which is admittedly a lot easier than being positive with yourself!) this month. I’ve started #smallaccountsunday on my Instagram account where I give shout outs to smaller accounts trying to build their following. I’ve budgeted money to donate a few suspended coffees on campus and I’ll also be donating all of my old clothes, shoes, stationery and homewares to a local women’s shelter. I know they’ll be of good use there. I’m also hoping to get into volunteering. There’s a great local animal shelter nearby that I think would be great fun to volunteer at and while I’m not in the position to adopt an animal yet, I know they could definitely use the help.
I feel like those are all small little things that fit into my life with minimal change but could make such an impact on both myself and the wider community.