Here’s to a New Year with New Beginnings and — Balance! This year, let’s think about a more simplified approach to resolutions and try to make those resolutions realistic and sustainable. One way to do this is to prioritize your goals as you come up with ‘Less is More’ resolutions. When we focus on doing less and doing it well, instead of doing more and assuming it’s better, we’re less scattered, more deliberate, less stressed, and more present. Our leaders are sharing their ‘Less is More’ Resolutions to encourage a more balanced lifestyle for 2016. Enjoy and be inspired!
Less Caffeine, More Water
“Rather than use water, wholesome food and proper hydration to boost my energy, when my energy is low I drink MORE caffeine. I absolutely know better, and when I do eliminate or decrease my caffeine conssumption and only drink water, I feel amazing!” – Neissa
Less Thinking and Over-Thinking, More Prayer
“I like to think of myself as a faithful person, but waaaay too often (almost always), I do not turn all of my questions and decisions over to God in prayer. I’m not a worrier or really an over-thinker, but I am an independant minded do-er, so too often I don’t include God in my daily decisions. I want every minute of my day to be directed by God and in order for that to happen, I need to include him in all decisions- big and small.” -Neissa
Less Spending, More Giving
“Having recently moved I purged a lot, however I am still amazed at how much excess I still have and frankly, I don’t need, and will likely never use. There are so many people who are in great need of basic things, all of which I have plenty of. Therefore, in 2016 I am going to make it a priority to spend less on “things” and give more.” – Neissa
Less Judgement, More Love and Compassion-
“Shamefully, I am amazed at how quickly I will judge someone or make an assumption about them when I don’t even know them! To be called to love one another means that we love despite flaws and having a ton myself, I certainly want people to love me and my family despite ours.” -Neissa
Less Cooking & Cleaning, More time on the Lake
Less Collecting Stuff (Clutter), More quality time with friends and family
Less worrying about getting everything done, More time traveling with friends and family
Less focusing on wasteful errands, More time BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, of course that happens a lot on the lake!
“I am at a phase of life where enjoying every day is a requirement!
Each day is such a gift. I am not waisting one more in 2016.” – Kathleen
Less time worrying, More time in prayer
“This takes that yearly reminder to reboot. And then again throughout the year…friends hold me to this as well.” – Cary
Less time thinking about being active, More time being active.
“I’m trying to do something active everyday. It usually helps if I get it done first thing, but a 20 minute walk in the evening works too. It really makes a difference for me to do something active everyday.” -Sha
Less time spent on technology, More quality time with my husband
“My husband and I both work from home, so it’s hard to “turn work off”. We are aiming to do our technology turn-off every night for at least one hour so we can spend quality time together.” -Molly
More yoga, Less cross training
“Thanks to Amy Younkman teaching her wonderful Vinyasa Yoga class at Treehouse Yoga, I now have found a wonderful class I really enjoy and get excited to go to once a week. It reminds me to slow down and take time for rest – I don’t always have to be going 90 miles per hour.” – Molly
Less time using technology, More time using my own thoughts.
“In 2016, I plan to tune out the need to constantly be “plugged in” to technology and instead tune into the “Amy app” where I am checking in with my own internal wisdom and guidance.” – Amy
Less time talking, More time listening
Less time complaining, More time being grateful
“I am trying to do these things especially with my kids” – Jill
Less eating out, More cooking at home
“It is so easy with the multitude of after-school activities and sports for our kids to just eat out on the way home instead of prioritizing a home-cooked meal and calm evening together. I know that everyone makes healthier choices at home, and I enjoy cooking for the family.” -Delaine
Less multi-tasking, More being present with my family
“With a little more prioritizing during the school day, I could get more done (or cut things out completely!) which will enable me to be free when the kids and my husband get home to enjoy my time with them and be present in the moment.” – Delaine
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