Dream bigger than diets

Let’s dream bigger this year. Here are 10 ways to focus on being more, rather than less, in 2017…

  1. Try a new hobby. It’s hard to overstate the value of a creative outlet. If you work a desk job, it might be fun to find a hands-on hobby, like woodworking, knitting, cooking, gardening, or playing an instrument. If you work with your hands on a daily basis, you might be craving something completely different, like photography, graphic design, crossword puzzles, improv, or dance lessons. Check out this list of 150+ hobby ideas for major inspiration.
  2. Start a business. What’s the secret dream you’ve had in the back of your head for years? That’s it. That’s the one. It could be as major as setting up a consulting business or as simple as selling a few items on Ebay or Etsy. If your dream feels like a large undertaking, start by mapping out a timeline of achievable goals and plotting your business plan. Here’s a no-nonsense guide to setting up and 50+ business ideas.stop binge eating
  3. Write a book. If you’ve got an idea, write it down! It could be a children’s or YA book, a screenplay, a memoir, or a racy romance! If a book sounds too intimidating, try starting with a short story or a blog post. I love the pep talks at NaNoWriMo for inspiration.
  4. Attack your debt. If you have debt, try putting the energy you would’ve spent counting calories toward paying it down! Credit card debt is especially crippling, as your balance gets higher and higher the longer it takes to pay it off. Suze Orman is my go-to resource for debt questions and financial strategies.
  5. Pursue a career dream. Diets consume so much time and emotional energy that they all too often take precedent over career goals. Let this year be different. Get excited and get real about what you dream of doing, like going back to school, pursuing a certification, or sprucing up your résumé and applying for new opportunities. If you’re craving a career change but don’t know what you want to do, take some time to find your inspiration, as outlined here.
  6. Clear the clutter. Doesn’t matter if it’s literal or figurative clutter — if it’s driving you nuts, it’s gotta go. Start by clearing out unwanted or unused clothing (try KonMari if you’re hardcore!) and ridding your life of the sneaky influences of diet culture.
  7. Get organized. Getting organized isn’t easy, but it makes life easier. Everyone’s brain works differently, so shop around to find ideas that make sense to you. I like an old-school planner or a simple Bullet Journal for life planning, and Pinterest inspiration for home organizing.
  8. Build your savings. I think that the more you view saving money as a game and a fun challenge, the better you’ll do. There are a million savings plans on Pinterest, and when I need to get really fired up, I read A Story of a F**k Off Fund for the millionth time.
  9. Support a cause. Sometimes the best cure for ennui is community service. Think about the issues that you feel passionately about and the time and/or money that you have available to support them. To get started, try searching online for local opportunities on a site like Volunteer Match.
  10. Practice living in the moment. Life doesn’t start five pounds from now — it’s happening right this second, flashing before our very eyes. You are smart, capable, and curious. You deserve love. You deserve happiness. Just as you are, at this moment in time. Seize this beautiful day, and never let a diet dictate your life ever, ever again.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynn Thaler says:

    I love number ten. I think more people should live in the moment. They might be surprised to see how much of life they have been missing.

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  2. Thank you, Lynn! Couldn’t agree more. There are so many wonderful ways to be mindful, and dieting is a barrier to ALL of them!


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