I want to enjoy my Week Of Nothing but I’m not particularly interested in taking on anything too impressive or productive.
8 things to do during the week between Christmas and New Years
1. Read wonderful, delicious fiction
2. Wear all your closet orphans (and get rid of stuff you don’t wear)
We’ve all got those cute tops we never wear or the skirts that don’t match anything. It’s amazing what happens when you force yourself to make it work. It’s fun to pull stuff from the depths of your closet and work them into a coffee shop or office-appropriate outfit.
You might like it! It might be ridiculous! And if it is, you don’t ever have to wear it again. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can even purge your closet (here’s how.)
3. Try some new recipes from that pile of magazines
You can tell I’m a Grown Ass Woman because I have an enormous pile of women’s magazines next to my bed. (That’s the mark of an adult, right? Accrual of mail?) Each month I read them and each month I plan to make that kale apple almond thing. And then I eat popcorn for dinner again.
I’m going to go through my lady magazines, rip out those ever-loving recipes, buy the ingredients and fill my kitchen with lovely, homey smells and my belly with something other than popcorn or quinoa burgers.
4. Schedule video call catch-ups with far-flung friends
6. Finish a few projects that are hanging over your head
I am captain “It’s totally not a big deal, it really doesn’t bother me” – about the cracked windshield, the Venetian blind my cat ate, my constantly crooked lampshade. But when I finally get around to fixing those non-problems I FEEL LIKE THE QUEEN OF THE WORLD.
I’m going to spend a few hours taking care of those little, niggling problems during my down week. I imagine it will make me feel so powerful and capable I’ll take to breaking things just so I can fix them.
7. Engage in a few good karma projects
I’m trying to get a head start on Santa’s Nice List for next year and earn a few gold stars that I’ll inevitably cash in on New Year’s Eve. I think I’ll work my way through some of these good karma ideas and hope that my NYE’s shenanigans don’t require a penance bigger than that.
8. Do a No Grocery Challenge
If you hosted Christmas or Hanukkah, you’re probably drowning in leftovers and about-to-go-bad produce. Even if you didn’t host, I bet your parents sent you home with Coolwhip containers filled with extras.
Why not use this week to do a No Grocery Challenge? Pass up the grocery store and get creative with what you have on hand. You’ll be amazed by how much money you’ll save and how much time you don’t spend just ‘popping to the store’ for one ingredient.
P.S. How to Hygge (or ’29 ways to actually enjoy winter)