Happy New Year! How were your holidays? Did you stay in or go out on New Year’s Eve? Although I opted to stay in, it didn’t stop me from glamming it up and ringing in the New Year dressed to the nines – minus shoes. Hey I stayed in. Remember?

I decided not to make any resolutions this year. Instead, I’ll be more mindful about what I do with my time and continue to take care of my health and mental health. I know. It’s almost the same thing as making a resolution. But rather than jump on the bandwagon, I’m just gonna continue doing what I’m doing – but with more intention..

Living with intention

What do I mean by that? Well, I’m going to add stretching to my daily routine instead of doing it whenever I get around to it (this is probably why it’s so hard to get out of bed some days). I’m also going to start drinking more water. I swear my body is gonna shut down on me someday if I don’t .

I’m also gonna reevaluate my life and determine what’s working and what’s not. Is there something I’m doing right that I could be doing more of? Are there things I’m doing that aren’t working that I need to eliminate? More water, less wine? More walking, less sitting?  Being fully present in a conversation? This one needs a little work. I have so much going on and there is a long list of daily checkboxes that are spinning around in my head that sometimes I am only half listening. So not good!

Peace of mind

AND… I’m going to make it a point to take care of my mental health. I refuse to put myself in toxic environments any longer. I have already cut some people out for this reason – no matter how much I love them. I just can’t be surrounded by people who are negative and enjoy being that way. That’s just toxic – and it’s wasted energy. Like they say, “You are the company you keep.”

Finally, I’m going to be more diligent in posting here on West of the 5Ohh. I miss talking to you all. I’ve actually been very excited to carry on conversations with you on Instagram, and I am going to make it a point to continue to do so here on the blog. I’ve spent the good part of last year writing out a list of things I want to talk about, which are important to women over the age of 50.

So here’s to a New Year of better communication. More camaraderie, and lots of laughs. I’m really looking forward to entering this new decade filled with hope.

Happy New Year everyone!

xoxo Evie.




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