25 Small Things to Do in 2023 To Make Your Life Feel Different

You don’t need to make life-altering resolutions to change yourself.

Sarah Cottrell
3 min readJan 1, 2023

I don’t like making sweeping promises about how I will change into a person that resembles nothing of what I know about myself. Sure, I’d love to be rich and thin and have more friends. But not really.

In 2022, I learned the value of slowing down and ignoring trends, and I found myself trying new but small things almost constantly. And I kind of fell in love with it. Today is January 1, 2023, and as I look back at the last year, I think I’m the same person (mostly) with some of the same problems (that’s life), but I’m also calmer.

Here is a list of small things I want to do this year. None of them are life-altering. But all of them are on my mind.

  1. Separate my books by which have been read and which haven’t. Turn the books around, pages facing out on the bookshelf, and only turn them back (spine facing out) once they have been read.
  2. Make pine needle soda.
  3. Learn how to make a rag rug.
  4. Walk around my neighborhood.
  5. Collect something from nature, like small rocks from the woods or seeds or leaves.
  6. Build a fairy house out of stuff…



Sarah Cottrell

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