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Spring Cleaning | Wellness Style

Spring is here!


Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and it’s finally starting to be warm enough to where we want to open our windows and let in the clean air.

Spring signifies a fresh start to many people. It’s the time of the year where we like to clean out our old and make room for our new. We donate old clothes and home items, deep clean our closets, and just overall make sure that our space is nice and fresh.

A clean home is great, but it’s not the only thing we should be focused on cleaning out and freshening up this season. What I’m talking about is spring cleaning for your mind and overall wellness.
Just as we sweep out the dusty crevices of our homes, we need to make a habit of doing so with our minds and bodies as well.

Here’s how we can do some spring cleaning of our own, wellness edition.

Clean up those thought patterns


What does your inner voice sound like? Is it overly critical? Is it negative? If so, it’s time to be intentional about changing its tone. How do we do that? We practice. Tell yourself positive things about yourself. When you catch yourself being negative, be intentional, aggressively so, about countering those negative thoughts and words with positive ones. Instead of “wow I’m so stupid” try, “it’s okay, mistakes help me grow”. Making a habit of changing the way you speak to yourself, out loud, will change the way you speak to yourself internally.

Put negative people on mute

Sometimes people can bring us down. We all have people in our lives who only want to focus on drama, conflict, bad news, and other things that make us feel bad. You may love these people, but it doesn’t mean you have to give them access to you and your emotions. Unfriend or unfollow them on Facebook, delete them from Instagram or Twitter, and set boundaries as far as spending physical time with them. This doesn’t make you mean, but it does make sure that you are prioritizing your headspace and that is very important.

Take out those negative habits


Alrighty, friends, we all have some bad habits that have found their ways back into our lives since the new year right? I know I do (somehow Instagram has reestablished itself as my morning routine…oops). Well, winter is gone and spring is in and it’s time to send them packing…again. Make yourself a list of what habits you have that need to go. Arrange them in order of easiest to break to hardest and start. Start small, and be consistent, it will pay off. It also helps to hold yourself accountable by telling someone else.

There is no time like now to get starting on a better you! And days like these spring days make me feel so good that I’m excited for a healthy home, body, and mind.

What are you cleaning up this spring season, let me know below!

Thanks for reading, talk soon.

xx Nicole Eva

The Cure | Why You Need More Water

Groggy. Bloated. Sluggish.

This was my life before I began taking my water intake seriously.

This year, I made a goal that I wanted to be more intentional about my water intake. I know I don’t drink enough, and when I do drink, my preference is usually tea or something sweet, which is not the best. 

I was sick of feeling gross. Sick of my skin being so dry and just knowing that my body was struggling, so I made a change. 

How about you? Do you find that you don’t drink enough water? If you’ve been struggling with feeling sick, tired, bloating or even skin issues, you may simply need to drink more water.

The average human needs about 8 glasses of water a day. That’s water, not juice, coffee, tea, protein drinks or energy drinks. Just pure water. 

Image of a glass pitcher of water sitting on a table overlooking a sunset

If you’re someone who doesn’t drink enough water and you know it, then going from way under 8 glasses to 8 glasses isn’t an easy transition and it also isn’t a change that should be done suddenly. You can start small and begin with a glass in the morning, before your tea, coffee or juice. Then, opt for water as your beverage of choice with your meals.

You may just find, as I did that as my water intake increased (i’m not even all of the way there yet) you’ll start feeling more alert, you’ll be less bloated (for the most part) and have more energy. 

Water makes you feel good. Many crucial bodily functions rely on your water intake to do their job—from your kidneys that filter your blood, to your lymphatic system that aids in fat digestion and rids you of threats to your immune system. Your body quite literally needs water, and enough of it, to do its job.

When your body tells you it needs water, listen to it. If you don’t you’ll find that you’re never “thirsty” and that’s because your body has given up on telling you. You won’t get the signals, but your body will soon see the results of chronic dehydration and we do not want to go there. 

Need to up your water intake?

Here are some tips to help you along your journey to a more hydrated you

Find the Right Water Bottle

I don’t know about you but if my water is in a bottle that I like, then I’m going to drink more. Some of my favorite water bottles are ones with time stamps on them, because if I can match my water intake with a “goal” I am way more likely to succeed. Here are some of my favorites:

32 Oz Water Bottle With Time Marker

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One Gallon Water Bottle With Time Marker

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Bottled Joy

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Set A Routine

In true enneagram 9 fashion, if I can develop a routine around drinking water, then I will be more likely to reach my hydration goals. The key for sticking to a new routine, is to pair it with one you already have. What does your morning routine look like? Where can a glass of water fit in? Maybe while you brew your coffee, while you heat up your bathroom or after brushing your teeth. 

Make it Interesting

Even though the goal is pure water, sometimes adding a little something to your water just helps you want to drink more. Normally I like to add fruits or lemon slices to my water, but lately I’ve liked adding some of these to my water to make increasing my water intake a little less boring:

Liquid Iv

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Twinnings Cold Infuse

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Mio Fit

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Making a commitment to drinking more water doesn’t have to be overwhelming! You can get the benefits of being properly hydrated and have fun while you do it.

How’s your relationship with water lately?

What’s a tip you think you could implement right away to help increase your water intake? Do you currently use any of these tips/products to help you with your water intake?

Add to the list, what are some other tips and tricks to help increase ones water intake?

Happy hydrating!

xx Nicole

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Beginners Guide to Wellness | Three books you MUST read

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Beginners Guide to Wellness | 3 Books You Must Read

Wellness has become quite a trending topic lately. Everyone’s into it, it’s become an aesthetic even.

When you take a moment think about it, it’s not that surprising. 

There’s got to be a connection between the entire world enduring the trauma of a pandemic and a lockdown, and experiencing the variety of turmoil throughout the past year, and the sudden peak in interest in all things health and wellness.  

Although mental health and wellness have always been my areas of interest, the events of this past year pushed me to also take some intentional steps towards educating myself on the health of my mind and my body. I wanted to know what steps I should be taking to take better care of myself and how to be more intentional about my emotional health.  

I remember those first intentional steps towards wellness being a little overwhelming. There’s a lot of information and a lot of information everywhere. There are blogs, books, podcasts, YouTube videos, and even classes. How do you know where to start? 

I started with books. 

I’ve always been a reader. 

I remember days of getting lost in novels, celebrating the development of my favorite characters, and adventuring through new worlds and cultures, all through the pages of a book. 

Nowadays, my pleasure reading looks a little bit different but for me, it’s just as enjoyable. 

Below, I’ll be listing some of the books that helped me take the first steps into my wellness journey. If you click the links listed with the books, you can add them to your cart or a wishlist for later! 

Disclaimer: The links attached are affiliated links. This means that if you do make a purchase, I have the possibility of making a small profit. With that being said, I only link products I believe in and will always tell you the truth about how I feel about a product or recommendation!

3 Books To Help You Start Your Wellness Journey Today

Deeply Holistic

image of the book deeply holistic posted in blog by wellness blogger Nicole Eva

Deeply Holistic is a book that introduces you to wellness and leads you through the science of wellness. You explore the origins and get a really in-depth look into how our bodies work and what we’re doing currently that makes our bodies not work as well. This is definitely more of a textbook-type read than a pleasure read, but you will learn way more than you thought you needed to. Check it out here.

Root to Bloom

Root to bloom will give you all of the nitty-gritty details about plants, and how to utilize every last bit of them for your benefit. This book will teach you that our definition of what is food and what isn’t is not actually true. Check it out here.

Infused Waters

In the pages of this beautiful book, you will find recipes for how to use different herbs, fruits, and spices to boost your hydration and assist your body. I’ve been really loving this one as a little bit of a tea aficionado, it’s given me some pretty good recipes of things to brew. Check it out here.

Do any of these books catch your eye? Which ones? What books would you add to this list? I’m always up for a new health and wellness read. 

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Thanks so much for hanging out!

Talk soon,

xx Nicole Eva

image of crinkled bed sheets header to title of blog post called slow by Nicole Eva highlighting the importance of slow mornings for self care and mental wellness

The Secret of Slow

Slowing down has been a goal of mine this year. 

I’ve been really into slow mornings. Waking up slow, taking the time to make tea, making a nutritious breakfast, showering, being fully present in my skin care routine and taking the time to sit and soak in the quiet before diving into the tasks of the day has been so rejuvinating for me. 

Deciding whether or not I was willing to try trading my few extra moments of sleep for moments of calm as opposed to rushing around the house panicked about getting work on time and starting my day at a level 10 stress before 9am was pretty much a no brainer.

Although I’ve loved it, it wasn’t the easiest of adjustements at first. There were some strategies I’ve had to figure out before I was able to make this into a successful routine of mine. Now that they’re in place I don’t struggle as much to reach that happy place of quiet in the mornings. The benefits are immeasurable and if you’re down, I’d love to share them with you. 

Benefits of Starting Slow

Slow mornings help you to ease into your day

What does your normal morning look like? Mine typically consisted of me waking up, reaching for my phone, following up with left over texts from the night before, checking social media, seeing what’s going on in the world (via twitter of course), flipping through my emails and then realizing that my 5 minute turned 30 minute scanning of the internet has set me back. From there I would rush into my morning prep and barely get a chance to say, “Bye” to my husband as I left for the day. I’d be anxious and on edge and annoyed that I’d have to spend money on food because I had again forgotten to pack my lunch. Now, when I wake, I’m engaged in my environment, aware of how I’m feeling and what I need from myself before the day officially begins.

Slow mornings can help to manage anxiety

Slowing down and being intentional about how I want to spend my mornings has helped to almost completely remove that anxiety from me during the day, mainly because for me, I’m not creating it myself. The rush and chaos that follows a morning started with rushing and chaos is stressful. Removing that in the morning has helped it to barely surface during the day, this has also been helpful in helping me handle whatever gets thrown at me throughout the day with much more grace.

Slow mornings help you to be more mindful 

Mindfulness in its simplest form means to pay attention to. When you’re intentionally slowing down, you cannot help but to pay attention to your surroundings, your body, your mental state. Mindfullness is beneficial for many reasons, but primarily it connects you to what you are doing which eventually triggers you to understand/think about why you are doing what you are doing, leading you to fill your life with things that are purposeful, not fluff. For me, checking social media in the morning is fluff, I don’t need it. Journaling and spending time in quiet is not.

I like me better when I’ve started my morning off slowly. In general, I have more time, I’m a more peaceful person, I actually enjoy being awake in the early hours of the day and sometimes, I actually get to eat breakfast with my tea.

If you’re already into the slow living lifestyle, then none of this will come as a surprise to you. If you’ve yet to start, or this is the first time you’re hearing about it, I want to encourage you to give it a shot. Make a little room to take care of you in your morning routine this week!

Talk soon!

xx Nicole Eva

Let it Flow | Stream of Consciousness Writing Style

Have you ever just taken out a notebook, journal or even a piece of paper and just started writing? No direction in mind, no plan, you just started writing the first things to pop into your head. Did you know this specific kind of writing is called stream of consciousness writing

Basically when you’re writing like this, you’re taking all thoughts and emotions and throwing them straight from your heart & mind onto paper; no filtering, no editing, just raw and unfiltered you.

Stream of consciousness writing is an exercise that involves you getting a notebook, picking up a pen and just writing. You ignore punctuation, style, grammar, format… anything that stops you from writing.

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Generally when I journal, I tend to edit my thoughts. I don’t edit them drastically, but I do make sure to do a little polishing to make sure things sound logical. It sounds silly especially since I’m the only one who will be looking at my words, but nevertheless, I take my time to make sure my personal words sound nice and like I have some sense. With stream of consciousness  writing, it’s intentionally supposed to be the exact opposite. You’re supposed to write things as they come to your mind. You may be thinking that that sounds easy enough, and well I thought the same until I tried it out myself. At this point I’ve been doing it for two weeks and it’s still a little bit of a challenge for me.

Here’s what’s challenging about it

Not editing myself before it hits paper — this means I have to look at me. Not the self realized version of myself affirming my self realization and awareness through thinking and journaling as two separate entities. No, not that self; but the confused, self conscious, insecure version of myself that at this point where I’m still getting used to this, spends more time writing about how I don’t know what I’m supposed to be writing about than anything else. 

Rereading – this part isn’t so much difficult as it is intimidating. It’s intimidating because I didn’t solve my issues before writing about them. Normally when I journal it leads me through thought processes and I can usually use the writing as a guide to navigate issues. Through this kind of writing I’m not thinking separately. I’m thinking as I write. The solving or identifying of tones voice or attitude comes afterwards. 

Distractions – because this is supposed to be a flow of thought, distractions are more dire. There’s no plan, so if I lose my train of thought it’s really gone. I need to start over completely. What I’ve found helps to reduce the chances of that happening is to set up the environment. I put my phone on Do Not Disturb, I play specific music that helps me to focus and play it loud enough so that I will not be distracted by my neighbors in the hall or upstairs and I write in a journal specifically so that I will not be tempted to distract myself by notifications that may pop up on my computer. 

As much as those are challenges, I do believe I’ll eventually get used to them and they’ll become less of an issue as time goes on. It’s new to me at this time though so of course I’ve got some nuances of discomfort. There are some benefits that I’ve discovered in this short period of time as well. I’ll list those below.

Benefits of Stream of Consciousness Writing

Self Understanding – this is you. The real version of you— unfiltered, unedited, raw and exactly as you are in this moment. Whether you’re rambling about your day, ranting about an incident or complaining, this is you. Writing like this provides you with an opportunity to better understand your thoughts and feelings. Maybe you’ll end up writing about something that happened earlier in the day that you didn’t think really bothered you but it did. Now you get to ask yourself why instead of allowing it to be a subconscious trigger. 

Verbalize Better – through writing and later having to analyze what you’ve written, you’re going find yourself better able to verbalize your thoughts and feelings to other people. This will help you to become a better communicator especially when talking about your self and your emotions. 

Sense of Calm – Each time I dive into this, I come out of it feeling a deep sense of calm. It’s almost as if my body sees this as purging, which it basically is. It takes a bit out of me emotionally, but it returns a lot as well.

Whether you are an avid journal-er, a beginner, or someone who just stumbled upon this blog post, I encourage you to give this a try. 

Graphic by Nicole Eva explaining the steps of stream of consciousness writing

Have a safe and happy week my friends! 

Talk soon,

xx Nicole Eva 

Behind The Scenes With Nicole Eva

Hey friends! I’m Nicole, the writer behind NicoleEva.com. I started this platform because I believe deeply in taking our lives back from the noise of our world. I’m 29 years old and passionate about writing and all things wellness and mental health.

Currently, I’m studying to get my certification in Holistic Nutrition and Wellness. If not studying you can find me well…writing, and if not writing I’m out and about taking photos with my husband for fun or for our photography business, and if I’m not doing any of that I’m definitely taking a nap.

It’s been lovely being able to use a space like this to think out loud and build connections with people all over the world and I hope we continue to do that here for the years to come!

Here are some other spaces where you can find me

Instagram – The artsy version of almost everything that goes onto this blog, plus my day-to-day thoughts and everyday life.

Twitter – Rambles, complaints, thoughts, commentary on life as it pops into my head.

YouTube – Videos on wellness, mental health, blogging and lifestyle

Pinterest – Just artsy things that I collect or create. Usually related to blogging or wellness.

Additional Resources

Recently I got together (virtually because she lives in California and I live in Rhode Island) with a blogger friend, Darin from Urban Suburban Girl, and together we created a Facebook page for bloggers. It’s not the typical “how to blog” or “buy my blogger masterclass” page, we’re not experts and we’re not selling anything. We just felt that there was a need for new and old bloggers alike to get together and share info, struggles, get inspiration, and just engage in community. If you are a blogger, old or new and you are interested in being a part of this, we’d love to have you! Check out the page here!

That’s about it!

I just wanted to pop in and re-introduce myself since it’s been a while and there are a lot of new faces recently. Hope to talk to you guys again really soon! Byeeee

xx Nicole Eva

Spending Time Alone and Why it’s Important

Alone time is good for the soul. 

Whether you’re naturally introverted or naturally extroverted, setting aside sometime for you to sit and enjoy your own presence is a very important part of existence. 

For some, alone time is a refreshing and natural part of our lives. For others, the idea of spending time alone intentionally is actually quite intimidating. If that’s you, no worries! Right below is a guide of some small ways to set up intentional alone time and simple things you can do with that time. 

What is Intentional Alone Time?

Taking time to be alone intentionally doesn’t always mean simply not hanging out with friends. Intentional alone time can be any time where you are taking time away from socialization on purpose. Maybe that’s you removing yourself from social media for a set amount of time, stepping away from the group chat for a little bit or turning off snapchat notifications for a while. The goal is to have uninterrupted time with you and yourself. 

How to Set up Intentional Alone Time

How often this is done is up to you. Personally I really enjoy doing this once a week, but I am also a super introvert and thoroughly enjoy anytime when I don’t have to exist outside of myself. Friday mornings are my me time. Schedule a time with yourself that fits naturally into your life. Friday mornings work for me because 90% of the time I don’t have to go anywhere or see anyone. I wake up and proceed with my morning routine, but do it without the usual stimulation of group chats, snapchat, instagram dms, twitter notifications, or emails. 

Benefits of Intentional Alone Time

Spending time without that constant stimulation can actually do some really great things for your mind. It can help you to become more intuitive and more receptive to hearing yourself. It can help you to improve your creativity and it can recharge you emotionally and mentally. It can help you to appreciate your routines and the small simple things that we normally rush past while doing a million other things. It can give you time to find solutions for problems, or help you to get more organized. It’s also super beneficial for mindfulness and can have an extremely positive impact on your mental health.

What do During Intentional Alone Time

So. If you’re not on social media, and you’re not chatting with friends, or answering emails…what can you do with this alone time? Here’s a list of some things you can do:

  • Wake up slow
  • Read in bed (or anywhere really) 
  • Write in a journal – be your own therapist
  • Make a list of some goals (short term and long term) 
  • Take care of your skin (moisturize, exfoliate etc.) 
  • Take care of your nails 
  • Meditate
  • Do Yoga
  • Exercise 
  • Make some tea (or coffee) 
  • Make a nutritious breakfast 
  • Dance (maybe throw on some your favorites from your teen years and let loose)
  • Write a letter to yourself
  • Enjoy the quiet

Give some of these a try and see how you feel! What you do with your alone time is up to you. In the end it’s really about getting comfortable with spending time with yourself. I find it so empowering to truly enjoy spending time with myself this way and I hope you will too. 

Don’t forget to connect with me on Instagram! This week I’m doing something different and would love to connect with you guys on this topic for Wellness Wednesday.

That’s it for now, looking forward to chatting with you soon!

xx Nicole

p.s. Enjoy some of these fun downloadable below. For printable versions, check out the links.

Positive Self Talk Check

Are you proud of you?

No really, can you look at yourself and say that you are genuinely proud of yourself? If you had asked me this a year ago I probably would have given you the ol’ stank face and wondered what in the world you were blabbering on about. So I totally understand if that’s what you’re doing to me right now.

Did you know, that as much as you crave validation and positive and uplifting words from others, you also need that from you to yourself?

I struggle with being mean to myself. It’s all verbal now, which still isn’t good, but it’s better than what it was. I’ll catch myself calling myself names, criticizing myself in the mirror or comparing myself when I don’t measure up in the ways I feel I should. I’ve been pretty good at catching myself and cutting it off lately but honestly that isn’t enough.

I’ve recently started challenging myself to encourage myself. Some motivational and uplifting words from me to me in the morning when I wake up, when I see myself in the mirror throughout the day or when I’m tempted to compare myself to someone else. What we’re attempting to do here is to be intentional about rewriting that inner voice. The problem is that we have gotten so used to saying things like “wow I’m so stupid” or “jeeze bloated much” for example that these words become our innervoice to ourselves. It may not seem like a large problem, and I didnt really think so either until I realized how aggressivley I actually speak to myself. I wouldn’t dare let another human say those things to me, so why should I say those things to me.

So, a practical first step that I’ve started doing for myself that I want to share with you is this: tell yourself something you’re proud of you for each day. It can be at any point in the day, in the morning before heading off to work or at night before you go to bed. It can be something as small as “you did a really good job staying focused at work today”. It really doesn’t have to be big at all (some days I congratulate myself for taking a shower….it do be rough out here sometimes). After doing this for a little while I actually find myself doing it out of habit unconsciously. I’ll catch myself whisper “You’re doing a good job” to myself, which is quite funny to think of, but it happens and believe it or not, it makes me feel good.

It’s something small, but small steps make big moves and I want big moves for all of us out here.

Thanks for reading, talk soon!

I’m proud of you!

xx Nicole Eva

p.s. It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything on YouTube (because R E S T), but I just dropped my first video of the new year today and it goes a little deeper into what we were talking about above. So, if you’re interested, check it out here!

January Check Up | How are we doing?

Hey friends!

How areeee you? We are a few weeks into the new year and I’m doing a little check in because, well, we’ve already been through a bit. Some of you are waiting to hear whether or not you’ll be going back into lockdown, some of you already are. Some of you, well I should say us (because I live here too) are in the US and chewing a fingernail or two as we approach inauguration day and some of us are dealing with the day to day stresses of being a human being. Period. Whatever you are dealing with, I want to encourage you and let you know that you are not dealing with it alone.

One thing I’ve learned this past year is that we RARELY struggle alone. We may isolate ourselves and feel as though we are alone, but in reality there is always someone out there who understands or can empathize with how you are feeling. I think that’s been the biggest blessing of choosing to be authentic with my feelings and vulnerable with my life. Where I felt I would be judged, laughed at or mocked I actually formed deep connections. I bonded with people who were either feeling the same as I was, who had overcome what I was going through or who were going through something completley different but related to me or felt comfortable chatting with me because they could relate to what I was sharing. It helped me to realize that EVERYONE struggles and that everyone can use a hand everyonce in a while. So, be encouraged, take some time to care for yourself whatever that looks like, and keep going. We’re rooting for you.

The past few weeks for me I’ve been at a pretty heightened stress level. I lost my debit card again (it has since been found, thank God), found myself pretty overwhelmed in the time department, my period started (shout out fo FLO Gummies tho because my symptoms have DRAMATICALLY decreased since taking them so, that’s a plus) and people were just getting on my nerves (not period related…I think). Initially I let it get to me, but eventually was able to catch myself and took some moments to breathe and really check in with how I was feeling. I got my feet done with some friends, deep cleaned my apartment, got back into a nighttime routine to calm my brain before sleep and took mental breaks when needed. I’m not 100% but I’m defnintly not dangling from an emotional cliff like I was before, so that for sure is a win.

I have some news.

I did something pretty big the other day. Feels impulsive for me only because the process is moving along very quickly, but in reality I’ve been talking about this for a long time. I just got a push that I needed the other day and here we are. I enrolled in an online certification program to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. It is a total 12 month program that will certify me in Holistic Nutrition along with Health & Wellness Coaching. I’m both excited and nervous. Excited because I’ve always wanted to go back to school and now I’m doing it, nervous because it’s school. I plan on taking you guys along with me on this journey. Wellness is something that I talk about in this space, on instagram and on YouTube pretty regularly anyway, but now I’ll be learning about it while talking about it and I’m pretty excited to bring some expertise into all of those areas. If you’re interested, I encourage you to follow me on YouTube if you haven’t already to see a bit more of the day to day happenings of my life. I haven’t posted in a little bit (because busy, stress, mental everything) but I plan on documenting most if not all of this school journey there and would love to have you there with me 🙂

Alrighty, that’s it for me and my check in / life updates. I hope you have a great week and I hope you all feel loved!

Talk soon!

xx Nicole Eva

p.s. Heres a little photo dump of my past weeks for ya.

Instead of New Years Resolutions, let’s do this.

If you’ve been here a while you already know that I’m not super into New Years resolutions. We “set” them because everyone else does and then we don’t stick to them and then we end up significantly more discouraged than we needed to. Last year I talked about something I was doing instead of a resolutions list, it was a stop doing list and you can check that post out here. I was overall pretty successful. No one’s perfect and I’m definitely not the exception but I can say that I’m pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish this past year.

This new year, I’m in the same mindset, we’re still not making resolutions over here (again, not against them per say, I’m just not into it) but I wanted to give you some ideas of alternatives that you can use instead of creating a New Years resolutions list.

Create a Vision Board

As a visually motivated person and someone who loves to create things with my hands, vision boards are may jam. I’m yet to make one for this year just yet simply because of timing and schedules but its something I’m definitely looking forward to doing. This year I actually want to have a little vision board making party virtually with some friends if we can make that happen. Vision boards are great because they allow you to get creative with your depiction of your goals. I enjoy the process of cutting out words and images that inspire me from magazines or getting images from the internet, glueing them on paper or cardboard and making them look pretty with either paint or other things like ribbon or gems. Having a pretty reminder of what i’m aiming for in the year ahead encourages me to keep looking at it and keep my dreams and goals in the forefront of my mind. Plus, they’re pretty to put in a frame and save to look back on!

vision board collage design 2020 from the blog 5 habits for mental wellness
Vision Board I created for 2020

Create a Gratitude List

This is something I haven’t really done intentionally for the start of a new year, but more so sporadically in my journals over the years. I love the idea of creating a list of things that you are thankful for at the start of a brand new year. It almost symbolizes to me the things that you’re thankful to be bringing into the next year and entering into the new year with a grateful heart is the best possible mindset you could have for a brand new year.

Choose a word/theme

I do this. Last years theme was “Live Life Authentically”. The motivation behind that was that I wanted to get more comfortable being my authentic self in front of all of you, in front of the people in my day to day and in front of the people I’m close too. I’ve always been one to hide myself and I wanted to challenge myself to stop doing that. I’m happy to say I did. I talked about things I wouldn’t normally talk about, I showed myself in spaces where I would normally hide, I challenged myself to destroy the fluff narrative and talked about things that were real to me. It was not easy, but it happened. This year I’m not quite sure, but I think my word is going to be continue. That or run, but I’m going to let myself sit with it for a little longer. Having a word/theme for my year helps me to remember the direction I’m trying to move in. It helps me to look at where I am and evaluate the situation I’m in and the thing I’m doing and check to see if im on track to where I want to be. It basically holds me accountable, and we all about the accountability over here.

Create a 2021 Bucket List

These can be fun, but a note: make small goals that are attainable within the year and leave room for a shift in plan. I love bucket lists. They can motivate you out of your comfort zone and catapult you into a world of adventure that you (if you’re anything like me) may naturally avoid. I haven’t done this for 2021 yet, and I’m not quite sure that I will, but I actually like to do them for ages. For example I made a before 30 bucket list when I was 25 and I recently turned 29 and have one thing left on my list; learn to surf. Looks like I’m learning to surf this year lol. The lists help you to plan, and look forward to tomorrow, which can actually help you navigate your way out of some future funks.

If resolutions aren’t for you, or maybe you’re just looking for something new this year try out one of these options. They’re fun, different and can help keep you motivated or engaged on a different level throughout the year.

We’re excited about this new year of course, but while we settle in and get comfortable, remember to make space for you. Take time to breathe, and set some goals that will in effect help you to feel engaged with your world. It’s not about measuring your success or comparing your progress to others, but simply about keeping yourself aware about what you want for yourself out of this year. Let’s take it slow.

Welcome to 2021. Chat soon!

Xx Nicole Eva