It's a fresh, new year. Make it your best one yet. Here are 10 things you should do for yourself in 2014.
Make an appointment to visit your gynecologist for your annual checkup. No one enjoys getting a pap smear, but it's a brief moment of discomfort that can save your life. Use this opportunity to touch base on any medications you're taking, including birth control. Your doctor may suggest alternatives that work better for your needs this year.
In these tough economic times, a trip to Aruba may be closer to fantasy than reality. If travel and vacation time aren't in the cards, get creative. A vacation might mean a night in a hotel away from your household responsibilities. It can mean a road trip with a girlfriend or a weekend getaway with your spouse. Make time to get away.
Find a way to document your year, from taking daily photos to making brief scribbles in a handwritten journal. You can also try scrapbooking, or you can update a blog once a week. Make time to document your year in a way that feels comfortable. You'll thank yourself later.
Dental problems can lead to much bigger health issues. Schedule a cleaning and exam today. If you have insurance, it'll be easy on your wallet — most dental insurance plans include a free or discounted cleaning once a year.
Stop putting your dreams off, even if your dreams are tiny. Maybe you've been wanting to take a pottery class or go back to college. Maybe you've been thinking about writing letters to loved ones. Whatever that "thing" is, make this your year to get started.
Everyone has bad habits. This year, try to cut one bad habit out of your life. This could mean quitting smoking, cutting back on sweets or developing a healthier sleep schedule. No one knows you as well as you do, so do some soul-searching and discover something your life will be better without.
Whether you have one child or seven, schedule some special one-on-one time. This can be an errand, a movie date or anything that gives you a chance to be together and talk. Don't turn it into an interrogation — just let things flow and you may end up surprised by what you learn about your child.
Instead of making a nebulous resolution like "Get organized," choose one thing you'd like to organize. Redo your closet, clean your spice rack or refile your important paperwork. No matter what you pick, it'll make your year flow a little more smoothly.
This sounds like a no-brainer, yet so many women don't follow through on it. It's easy to make excuses to not get that massage or skip buying those shoes you've been coveting. Make it a priority to do a frivolous thing or two for yourself. You wouldn't hesitate to do it for someone else.
When you're a mom, it's easy to get wrapped up in the daily grind. Don't lose touch with your friends. Pick up the phone and call the friend you've been losing touch with. Make a coffee date or schedule a playdate. Focus on nurturing your friendships — they feed your soul.
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