For me, 2016 was about one thing – getting out of DC and moving to the next step of our lives. And we achieved that goal but pretty much everything else stood still while we focused on that one thing. Now that we’re all settled into our new life in Texas, I’m ready to add more fun and color back into our lives this year. No more wait and see if my husband will get a job or wait and see if we’ll find a new house, this year is a jump right in kind of year. It’s time to live a colorful life!
5 Ways to Live a Colorful Life
Let me just start this by defining what I mean by colorful – I literally mean colorful – like full of color. Not colorful as in what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas type of colorful. I literally want to add more color and vibrancy into my life this year. I even went as far as to create a printable reminder for myself (and for you to download!) that’s going up on the wall in my new colorful craft room! Click the image below to download the printable.
It was recently estimated that if all Americans ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day, almost 40,000 deaths could be prevented and over $7.6 billion dollars in healthcare costs could be saved every single year. That’s a lot of people and a lot of money saved just by adding the American Heart Association’s recommendation of one extra cup of color every day.
To encourage people to get that extra cup of color a day, AHA and SUBWAY® restaurants teamed up last year to launch +Color, to help Americans understand the importance of eating more fruits and veggies. And based on the stat above, eating an extra cup of color a day could be so important, it’s life-saving. You can learn more about the +Color campaign here.
One of the simplest ways to add color to your plate is by adding fruits and veggies to things you’re already eating. My family went to SUBWAY this past weekend for lunch with the goal to add color and were pleasantly surprised to see so many great options for adding fruits and veggies. With over 1 million custom sandwich and salad combinations possible, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget about sides like broccoli cheese soup (broccoli counts!) and apples to help get you to that extra cup. I love how colorful our lunch turned out.
2 – Get ready for the day.
I’m the queen of getting my son ready for school then plopping down at my desk and staying there for hours at a time. And then when it comes time to go pick my son up at preschool five hours later, I look the same as I did when I roll out of bed. For me, one of the keys to having a good day is to put on makeup. It’s amazingly simple, but it works. Adding a bit of color through makeup and having my nails done adds a level of confidence I don’t get from any other source. Simple but effective.
3 – Add pops of color at home.
I love our new house, seriously love it. But it’s also seriously lacking in color. Our entire house is neutral – whites, grays, blacks, and browns. The only color right now is the Christmas tree that’s still up in the corner, my preschooler’s toys strewn about everywhere, and my clothes lining the closet in my bedroom. And it still feels like we’re living in a model home that’s not quite ours. So my goal this year is to add color and life to our home like I did with my colorful office, and these are a few ways to do it:
- Have fresh flowers on my kitchen table at all times.
- Create a gallery wall of family photos, colorful quotes, and picture frames
- Create a command center with children’s art, a color-coded calendar, and my colorful menu board
- Paint or wallpaper accent walls throughout the house
- Add colorful pillows, throws, rugs, and bedding throughout the house
- Add shelves and cabinetry topped with vases, jewelry holders, and accent pieces
4 – Wear something colorful every day.
I’m a big fan of black when it comes to clothes. Black is forgiving, black hides thing you don’t want to show, and black takes on messy hands and stains well. But black also makes it easier to hide, to be a fly on the wall instead of involved, and to be able to slip in and out without people noticing. I’m not saying you have to go all out colorful with polka dots on top and stripes on the bottom, I’m just saying you (and I) should try to add at least one colorful thing to every outfit your wear. Add a colorful scarf to a neutral outfit. Add colorful leggings under a tunic. Add big and bright earrings like I did on our cruise. So literally add color, and I can almost guarantee you’ll talk to more people, make more friends, and have a more fun social life this year.
5 – Travel more.
I started working on this goal back in 2016 and am continuing with it this year. I’ve found that the more I travel, the more I appreciate the world. Every where I go has its own color, its own vibe, and its own culture. And every time I leave a place, I take a part of that color with me. It’s like filling my own little travel crayon box that I can then use to color my days at home.
Plan a trip to somewhere you’ve never been, don’t just add your traditional red and blue crayons to your box – add the Santorini electric blue and the burnt pink of Atlantis in the Bahamas. Or the red of Zion National Park. There are millions of places to visit and millions of crayons to collect. This is the year.
How are you going to add color to your life in 2017?