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The TueDo List: New Year, Little Changes

We’re kicking off the year with an eye toward change — just one small thing, for 30 days, and yes, weekends count. You can go for it over the weekend and be super active in your fitness routine, relationship, or whatever other kinds of goals you’ve set, or kick back and make plans to kick butt come Monday. Whatever you decide, here are some ideas for your first weekend of 2015.

Read

It’s one of my 2015 plans to read more, and I’ll be participating in TueNight’s 30-day challenge by reading at least a book a week. I got some Amazon cash for Christmas, so I think I’m going to get an e-reader. The Kindle was chosen for me, but do I want a Voyage? Or a Paperwhite? I can’t decide. But I’ve held out with just paper for a long time, and since I’m so connected for work and for regular life, if I want to read more (and I do!), I think I have to put books in front of myself in as many forms as possible. Even if I never, ever give up the real thing.

KIndle Collage

Photos: (Courtesy amazon.com)

Making Plans

I’ve never really graduated from my childhood obsession with school supplies — I just call them “office supplies” now — and one of my favorite things about a new year is the chance to pick a new planner. I love Passion Planner, which was created by Angelia Trinidad when she was fresh out of college and figuring out what to do next. After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, she started selling this “all-in-one weekly appointment calendar, journal, goal setting guide, and to-do list log integrated in one handmade leather planner.” You can order the classic or the compact version on her site, but prepare to wait until February to receive the bound version. If you support her project on social media — like I did — you ‘ll receive access to the pdf file that you can print out, hole punch and place in a binder of your choosing. Or you can do both, if you want to support her financially. (Hint: I like that idea.) I’m spending part of my weekend with some new Sharpies and my Passion Planner. So excited.

Passion Planner

Photos: (Courtesy Passionplanner.com)

Kick Back and Relax

Sometimes it’s not the doing of thing we need, it’s the not doing of the thing. And I’ll be honest: One of the things I’m actually looking forward to doing this weekend is doing nothing. December can be brutal, man. Time Out New York has come up with the only list I may need to set my movie watching goal this year — the 100 best films on Netflix. If you’re into music lists, I truly love AllMusic, and if you’ve got some downtime, their best of 2014 release list is worth a spin. Paste has a list of the 50 best shows streaming on Netflix, or you could just do what I know a lot of us are doing this week and catch up with all ten seasons of Friends, newly added for our ’90s-nostalgic viewing pleasure.

Netflix Collage

Photos: (Courtesy Wikipedia.com)

Get Centered, Get Moving

I haven’t made any hard and fast New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to be in motion more. This year I want to try a variety of activities so I don’t get bored. (Save me from the endless treadmill, please.) SoulCycle is in my neighborhood now, and I really want to try it — mostly because I’m a little bit afraid of it, and facing things that are just outside of my comfort zone is another thing that I’m into these days. I’m also trying a hot stone restorative yoga class this week, lest things get too crazy active around here. (Plus I’m pretty sure my 40-something back will need it after cycling, soul or not.) Yoga Journal has seven healing poses to align your chakras for the new year if you can’t hit a class. It’s difficult to go go go if our minds are off the chain, so don’t forget that important part.

And don’t forget to follow along with TueNight’s new year challenges with the hashtags #2015Tweak or #30Days through January. If you join us, please share your own 30-Day tweak on Twitter or on our Facebook page. Happy 2015!

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Laurie White

Laurie White is a writer, editor, photographer, and occasional college professor and counselor. She found the internet in the late 90s and has not emerged since. A contributing editor at BlogHer.com, pop culture writer for Babble.com, and community and communications manager for Mom2.0 Summit, she is a professional aunt who lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. You can find her at LaurieMedia (lauriemedia.com), on Twitter @lauriewrites and on Instagram @laurieanne.

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