New Beginnings: A To-Do List


A blank to-do list. Thank goodness we are done with the holidays! Am I the only one who feels this way? I am glad to be moving forward to hopefully better times. This January (and maybe the whole year if I can), I am trying a daily challenge.

Did you know January was named for the Roman god Janus, the protector of gates and doorways that symbolize beginnings and endings? In the spirit of new beginnings, I decided to list 31 things I would like to accomplish in January to set myself up for success.

I have curated a list of things, none of which should take longer than an hour, and many are less than 30 minutes. These are not in any particular order, just a brain dump of my new beginnings to kick this year off. 

  • Put away the holiday decorations
  • Read a book
  • Try a new recipe
  • Wipe down the fridge shelves
  • Clean off the counters
  • Take a walk outside
  • Ride my bike
  • Try a new workout
  • Organize the mail on the table
  • Call a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Book my haircut for March
  • Clean out my bag
  • Purge my nightstand
  • Organize the games in the house
  • Book a dentist appointment 
  • Finish a puzzle 
  • Do a meditation
  • Reduce the number of shoes in the house
  • Box up toys to donate
  • Get 15,000 steps
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee in silence
  • Spend an hour cleaning out my inbox
  • Watch a movie
  • Stretch for 15 mins
  • Do a face mask
  • Moisturize
  • Go for a swim
  • Sit in a sauna
  • Sit in the hot tub
  • Have a cup of tea before bed
  • Buy flowers just because

What’s on your list?

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Maria is a full-time mom, teacher, wife, daughter, and sister, who feels pulled in too many directions! Her older son Michael took over 24 hours to be born, and at six-months-old was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, shrimp, and wheat…all after exclusively nursing because she was SO SURE that would help him be a healthy kid. Luckily at age 1, he began to outgrow some of his allergies. Fingers crossed the others will soon follow because that plus a husband who doesn’t eat any veggies and Maria always battling her weight makes for three meals to prepare every night. Luckily, Christopher, her younger son, is a cooperative eater! As someone who has always been committed to making positive change, Maria uses her privilege and position as an educator and mom to work toward a most anti-racisit, equitibile, and inclusive world. Recently, Maria has even started getting up at 5am to workout in her basement. (Thank you pandemic living!) She is addicted to reading chicklit on her Kindle app in the dark, most Trader Joe’s products, and watching TikToks.


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