Published on January 2, 2019

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In a time of the year where lofty aims are thrown around and the good name of pasta is dragged through the wringer at the hand of diets, it’s refreshing to hear a New Year’s resolution that seems remarkably down to earth. Maybe this entails making a few key home updates for a more positive space; for Joanna Gaines, it’s as simple as deciding to be more present. Gaines shared her sweet and simple resolution in an Instagram post. “I’m challenging myself in this new year to live for now. The present. Taking in every breath, every sight and sound, and holding it dearly,” writes the designer and HGTV star. “Not thinking about how the good ol’ days have passed us by or how the best is yet to come. But that right now, this very second, this is the gift. These are the days. These are the moments. And I’m gonna breathe them all in.”

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Spawned by the realization that her eldest son, Drake, is four years from college and baby Crew is already six months old and speaking (sort of—if “mama” counts), Gaines is choosing to focus on the “now” rather than worry about the past and future. It’s a resolution that may sound lofty in the grand scheme of things, but when it’s broken down into little changes, it’s actually pretty attainable. Being present in your day-to-day takes on many forms: Maybe it means carving out half an hour to journal or meditate. Meditation apps like Headspace or Calm can help with this. Maybe it means indulging in little rituals, like picking up a colorful bunch of flowers from the bodega on your way home from work or taking time to enjoy your morning coffee. Or maybe it’s as simple as leaving your phone at home when you go out for dinner with friends. “I want to enjoy the now because it’s the only thing we can actually embrace. I want to hold it carefully. Hold it thoughtfully. I want to rid myself of the little distractions because I have found that these are the thieves that steal our moments and rob our days,” continues Gaines in her post. “But time, time is our most precious gift.” Any way you spin it, this is a resolution we can definitely get behind. See more ways to kick-start 2019: Productivity Tips to Steal From a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree Fresh Desk Decor Ideas for a Stylish and Productive New Year How to Give Your Space Good Vibes in 2019, According to an Energy Healer