10 Things You'll Regret Not Doing in 2016
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Let's make 2016 the year of no regrets. Think about all of your New Year's resolutions. Now think about the ones you would regret most if you didn't make them happen. Those are the ones to tackle with the strongest approach. In honor of making 2016 the year of being our best selves, we've put together a list of our top 10 must-dos this year. Scroll through for inspiration, and tackle this goal list with us!
Welcome in the New Year with a mini home facelift. The changes can be minimal—as small as adding a new candle to your bedroom—but make a conscious effort to change it up a bit. Whether it's a new scent, new pillow covers, or even a new wall color, making a small change with a big impact is an excellent way to set yourself up for a great year, one that's different from any other.
Confidence is tricky. Jess Weiner says "having confidence is a lot like filling your gas tank for your car. You can't fill your tank up once and then drive forever." Give yourself enough fuel this year to really stand up for yourself, whether it's in a relationship, a friendship, or at the office. Owning your accomplishments can be difficult, but it's essential to know your strengths and stick up for yourself when you feel you've been overlooked or taken advantage of. That said, it's just as important to know your weaknesses. But please always be your own strongest advocate.
We're all for fast, go-to weeknight dinner recipes, and we love one-pot recipes. But taking the time to master a rather tricky recipe like a butternut squash soufflé or a brûléed bourbon-maple pumpkin pie can bring a sense of pride and accomplishment to the kitchen that's particularly enjoyable. Make it your mission to host a dinner or potluck, and contribute an elaborate dish you've practiced. The oohs and ahhs will be well worth the time you've spent adding to your culinary skillset. And mastering a difficult dish is reason enough to throw a party!
Make 2016 the year you go somewhere you've never been before. It can be a trip to a part of your own city you've never visited before or an exotic destination halfway around the world. Wherever it is, make an effort to get out of your comfort zone. Internationally, Australia is on the top of our list. With endless white-sand beaches, epic landscapes, and divine tastemakers, it's no wonder this stunning country is on the top of our must-visit list. On the domestic front, Nashville is definitely No 1. The music-centric city is a design lover's dream.
Make 2016 the year you exceed even your own career expectations. If you're a somewhat new employee but have learned the ropes at your company and can help train someone coming in, do so. Helping fresh talent get acclimated to the office environment shows that you value your company and wish to take on more responsibility. If your team's goal is to increase sales by 5%, make your personal goal to increase sales by 7%. Dig deep and work hard so you can elevate your success this year. If you accomplish this, you'll be proud of yourself—and worthy of a raise. Feel free to reward yourself with a chic business wardrobe staple like a watch or tote bag. Every time you see it, you'll be reminded of how hard you work.
Staying clutter-free gives you the mental and physical space to be creative, get more accomplished, and live a lighter life. Do yourself a favor and really commit to decluttering your work and living spaces. Make tidying up on a regular basis the resolution that sticks. Start first with a recycling mission. Discard all the old, unnecessary paper in your life. That includes last year's bills, old magazines you won't return to, direct mail, anything that doesn't have lasting value to you. Next, go for your closet. Try to give away one piece of clothing for every new piece you added this holiday season. Then head to your kitchen. Give your pantry a thorough clean. Remove everything from you fridge that is passed its expiration date. And get rid of all Tupperware that doesn't have a matching lid or bottom.
Saying no isn't about being negative or unwilling to tackle a challenge. It's about knowing your limits and preserving your energy. If you're like us (a.k.a. prone to saying yes even when our plate is entirely full) then please make it a point to say no to some requests. If you don't know your own limits, you'll burn yourself out and not be able to accomplish anything on your goals list.
It's time to take a close look at your relationships. If you're giving more than you're getting from a friendship, a romantic relationship, or a work partnership, reassess if that relationship is worth your time. An unhappy relationship of any kind isn't good for your soul, your happiness, or your drive. Value yourself enough to keep good company.
It's nearly impossible to go through a day without caving into making one impulse buy. Whether it's a pack of gum at the drugstore, a cookie at lunch, or a plastic water bottle at the gym, those little purchases are the ones that add up without your knowing until your bank account is drastically lower than you remember it being. Make saving money a fun way to challenge yourself. For example, try to go one month without buying a new piece of clothing, or one week without ordering takeout. Giving yourself small, manageable challenges makes the money-saving process less of a drag and more of an enjoyable activity.
Whether it's your salary, your car deal, or even your total at the farmer's market, start negotiating instead of accepting the status quo. It's time women negotiate for themselves just as much as men. A recent study published by Pew Research Center found that men negotiate four times more often than women. The only way to even out this statistic is to practice. So instead of shying away from negotiating, start making it a part of your life on a regular basis.
What's something you'd regret not doing this year? Share with us in the comments.