Image Map

Monday, January 4, 2016

Spending Your January: A To-Do List for Adventuring Through the Month.

1. Celebrate the fact that it's a new year! We make such a big deal over Christmas that we sometimes gloss over the fact that we finished a whole year, and we're starting a brand new one. That's an exciting thing! Celebrate it!

2. Set some time aside to make some resolutions and goals. If you need some help, try answering these questions.

3. Pick a word for your year. Here's mine!

4. Take one step towards each of your goals.

5. Cook something new!

6. Buy a 2016 journal.

7. Make one of those holiday desserts you never got around to trying. 

8. Do something kind for someone. Start 2016 off on the right foot by paying it forward.

9. Make an effort to be positive about your job. Spend an entire day looking for the good things about your job, and don't complain about it for 24 hours.

10. Do one thing that makes waking up more pleasant. Whether this is going to bed earlier or making the coffee before you go to bed, finding a way to enjoy mornings is a game-changer.

11. Send someone a card. Since the holidays are over, it will be a surprise!

12. Go bowling.

13. Research your city like you would if you were going on a vacation there. See what new places you can discover!

14. Make a new music playlist. 

15. Journal about what you hope 2016 will look like for you. If you could decide how this year was going to turn out, what would you want?

16. Look up cheap, healthy recipes. Cheers to cooking more and eating out less this year!

17. Go on a coffee date.

18. Buy a board game

19. Have a movie night at home.

20. Pick a few complicated drinks or dishes you want to learn to make this year. If you give yourself a year, you can learn to cook anything!

21. Buy a planner.

22. Keep a running list of movies you want to see. That way you don't end up staring blankly at the red box machine come Friday night.

23. Read a book that relates to a goal you have. 

24. Pull out that holiday cocktail dress and go on one more fancy date. 

25. Go out of your way to show someone you love them.

26. Have breakfast in bed. 

27. Find a cheap bottle of wine you like. It makes grocery runs a lot easier!

28. Take a day off and relax. 

29. Plan a staycation. Don't just request days off of work, actually plan it like you would a vacation!

30. Look up smoothie recipes. Detox from the holiday food with some fruits and veggies!

31. Practice giving yourself grace. Remember that each day can be a fresh start, no matter what the day before looked like or how much you feel like you failed. It's never too late to start new!

How will you be spending your January?


  1. Fabulous ideas! (I have always kept a list of movies I want to see - I love that you have that on here!)

  2. Woohoo! Happy New Year!! Thank you for the rocking list! I got my planner, went bowling last week a little before the New Year but it definitely still counts, found an amazing cheap wine I now love, and ooo what wonderful other ideas!!! =)

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

  3. Happy New Year! In my planner, I started a monthly to-do list with movies I want to see, places I want to go and things I want to accomplish in general. I hope it helps me become more focused on my goals for the year! My favorite cheap wines are Apothic red and white...they are so good!

  4. I loved spending the first Monday back to work in 2016 reading this list and getting idea.s No 9 in particular stuck out to me.

  5. Yay yay yay...I love your monthly list of ideas! I have a planner I'm using that I always have with me in my purse and decided last night I'm going to write out daily goals and to do items to be more productive so I'm going to get a second larger planner .That's on my list for this week- write down some goals and plan!

  6. I love when you put these lists together! Making some of the desserts I didn't get around to making for the holidays is definitely on my January list.

  7. You just inspired me to set some January specific goals, something I used to do and slacked off on. Thank you!

  8. Great list! Looking forward to doing some of these items. Have a great day!

  9. I like the thought of taking a day off ;) haha I mean the holidays were so tiring! This is a great list - I love the focus on the little things because we tend to skip over those!

  10. Love these, Chelsea! I love the idea of reading a book relating to a goal I have! I think that would probably be incredibly motivating! Thanks for sharing :)
    Laura |

  11. Love this list! I've seriously done so many of these already haha! We must be on the same wavelength! :)

  12. Love this list! I'm definitely adding a few to my to-do list for the month!

  13. Love this! So many great things to do in January! And thank you for just reminding me I need a new planner haha! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  14. These are all great ideas! I remembered just how much I love board games over the holidays and want to pick up some fun new ones!

  15. Ooooh breakfast in bed sounds fabulous! And I love the idea of finding the positive things about your job. So many great ideas! Cheers to a fabulous week and new year <3

    Green Fashionista

  16. I love these ideas! I have a fresh new journal that I was given from Christmas and I am ready to start journaling this month!

  17. So many awesome ideas here. Thanks for sharing. I have written a few down to make sure I get my butt in gear.

  18. This is an amazing list! It truly is the little things that count and that make us happy. We need to do them more often! Your list gives some great ideas what to start with :)
    Have a wonderful week!

  19. My body must be telling me something because I have been craving smoothies like crazy lately!

  20. #20 is totally on my list!

  21. Super cute ideas! I desperately need to learn how to cook and order less takeout!

  22. super fun list and I'm happy to report I've actually done a few already!! Yay new planner!!

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

  23. This is a fun list! Planner checked off, goals checked off and I might just pay it forward tomorrow. Thanks!

  24. I look forward to these posts of your every month! Whenever I need something to do I know I can always find a great suggestion! :)

  25. This list sounds amazing! Getting a 2016 planner is next on my list!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  26. Great list! I'm not a planner or journal person but everything else I totally need to do. I set my goals and started taking some steps toward them already so I'm happy about that!

  27. What a fun list, and so many good ones here. I love #10, anything to make mornings better! I also love #23--I do need to read some books that would help me reach my goals. I tend to read mostly fiction, but it's good to mix it up now and then!
    Shea |

  28. Oh I love this list! Especially the detox smoothies idea! Our blender broke right before we moved from Manila and I have been craving smoothies something fierce lately. Now I think I'll go get a cheap-o blender asap to tide me over ;) Thanks for the idea, sweets! xo

  29. Wonderful list! We do share some common things! ;-)

  30. I picked a word for my year, too! 2015's word was "try". This year's word is "patience."
    I really like your blog design! Soooo cute. :)
    A blog and magazine, written by girls, for girls.

  31. These are some great ideas! Some of them I've already done so yay me lol!

  32. I love this idea! I'm toying with the idea of a journal...not sure if my love of sleep paired with the toddler will be a good match for it, but I'm thinking about trying.

  33. These are all really great ideas for January! I love that I've even already completed a few of these. Thanks for sharing!

  34. I love #13! I should do that. :)

  35. These are all great ideas. I am going to pick a few and try to do them!

  36. Love these ideas. I just got started on a journal for 2016. I'm pretty excited to do some proper journal entries and write more for myself.

    - - Courtney


say whatcha need to say.