Raise your hand if you’re ready for a fresh start? Let’s be real, 2020 was a blur and January seems to have snuck up on me faster than I’d like. Though many of us are still carrying last year’s problems with us into 2021, there’s something about a new year that just feels hopeful and refreshing. This time around I’m especially ready to skip the post-holiday slump and embrace a new beginning. Enter the January bucket list.

No matter what’s behind us, January is a time to regroup, set intentions, and get inspired for the year to come.

While new years past have centered around goal setting, trip planning, calendar scheduling, and socializing, this time around I’m keeping things simple. As we head into a new year, I’m focusing on what really matters, and the things that make me feel the most alive. Whether it’s amping up my self-care, discovering new music, bingeing a new series, or taking better care of the planet, there are so many ways we can awaken the joy inside us every day. Scroll on for our January bucket list with ideas that are sure to leave you feeling relaxed, energized, and ready for whatever 2021 brings.

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Learn the ropes of meditation with this new Netflix series.

Whether you’re new to meditating or the queen of calm, add Headspace Guide to Meditation to your January bucket list and lead the way with guided meditations and techniques to jumpstart your practice in 2021.

Make a new playlist.

There’s nothing like new music to leave us feeling refreshed and inspired for the year to come. Curate a brand new mix of tunes to work, run, clean, cook, and live to.

Bring the outside in with some fresh decorative branches.

Clip some large-scale stems outside and arrange them in vases for a raw, natural look at home.

Get your healthy eating back on track.

From smoothies to soups to veggie-packed bowls, balance out your holiday indulgences with one of these delicious recipes.

Tidy up your digital space.

Every January bucket list should include this. It’s hard to come back to work with a clear head when your desktop is full of junk. Clean out your old downloads, remove unused apps, and delete unnecessary files so you can start fresh.

Watch the buzzy new series, The Little Things, on HBO and HBO Max.

Starring Denzel Washington and Jared Leto, this crime thriller coming in late January is sure to be binge-worthy.

Upgrade your cookware.

We love shopping for organic produce, ditching toxic household cleaners, and refreshing our clean beauty routines every January, but spring cleaning also starts in the kitchen. It’s no secret that old cookware can be a source of toxins in the household, so check out these clean swaps we love.

Buy a gift card from your favorite local business.

Whether it’s your regular restaurant, neighborhood boutique, or small grocer, don’t forget to support some of the local businesses that mean the most to you.

Embrace less is more with this new documentary.

In just under an hour, The Minimalists: Less Is Now, teaches us how to live with simplicity. Kick-off your spring cleaning with a new perspective on consumption.

Pick up one of these highly-anticipated books.

If you’ve always set out to read more in the new year, now is the time. From a collection of essays by Joan Didion to inspiring memoirs, lose yourself in one of these titles hitting the shelves in January.

Have a plastic-free week.

Even the smallest changes can make a huge impact when it comes to cutting down on our environmental footprint. Take steps toward swapping out your disposable cups, utensils, and other single-use plastics for reusable, sustainable items.

DIY your own candles and treat yourself to an at-home spa day.

If you’re the type to burn through candles faster than you can re-stock, have a go at making your own. It’s affordable, fun, and you might be surprised how simple it is!

Join us for The RE:SET Challenge.

Commit to a happier and healthier year ahead and tackle small daily challenges with tips from experts and support from our amazing community. See you there!

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