I believe in self-improvement all year round, but it's trendiest in January! So today at my desk (which is actually my grandmother's old sewing table), I got myself a little more organized and made a few "notes to self"...
(001) tea and to-do lists: Two things that help in so many scenarios: tea and to-do lists. It might just be a placebo effect, but when I make tea-drinking a habit, I feel healthier, and I'm less inclined to reach for chocolate or sweets. And lately I've been trying to curb my sweet-tooth tendencies, so herbal tea is the perfect "comfort drink." To-do lists are a more proactive (if less "zen") habit. Without my planner I'd be a procrastinator extraordinaire. And while all the cool kids record reminders and meetings electronically, I whip out a good old-fashioned paper planner because I derive immense satisfaction from color-coding my life with highlighters and crossing off tasks when I've completed them. Please tell me I'm not the only one?!
(002) keep an open mind: I'm open-minded when I meet other people, but when it comes to my own life, I often choose the familiar over the unknown. Yesterday Mr. E and I were talking about where we might live in the future, and when the prospect of Paris came up, my immediate response was "no." My mind jumped to all the difficulties I would face: language barriers, culture shock and distance from family and friends. A few hours later, I realized that maybe I was being narrow-minded. A chance to live in the land of the Louvre, Ladurée and Bioderma... why not?
(003) take fish oil: I went to a local health food shop last week in search of a more natural treatment for eczema. When I asked one of the sales assistants, he told me that the first thing I should do is take fish oil rich in Omega-3s. He recommended a fairly large daily dose and told me that you get more for your money if you're willing to take it in liquid rather than pill form. So a spoonful of this is my new morning habit... it's not as gross as I thought it would be!
If you're working on any goals this month, I hope they're going well!