There have been a lot of changes going on behind the scenes here. Some good, some uncomfortable, some necessary, and some surprising. Historically, I have NOT accepted change well. I resist it usually with every fiber of my being. I don’t like it. But something strange has happened lately with all these changes. Continue reading
Happy 2017 friends! I hope that you had an amazing New Year’s Eve/Day and are ready to tackle the new year. Continue reading
Ahhh. A new year. Can you smell it? The resolutions, the goals, the promises, the hope. It’s all still pretty fresh just four days into 2016. I’m all about setting goals and intentions for a new year, but I want them to be something more fulfilling than lose weight, exercise more, be more organized. I want them to be specific. I want them to have steps that I can take to reach them.
I want them to be something that will make me and my life better.
So whether you call those resolutions, goals, or intentions, make sure you choose something to direct your attention at. It can really help motivate you to do new and better things.
Last year I chose a word to define my year. I picked one word and tried to make my decisions and choices with that word in mind. I chose passion and I think I did a fairly good job of putting passion into everything I did. I’m going to do a fairly similar thing this year, but instead of one word I’m going to use one question to frame my goals.
What’s the worst that could happen?
This isn’t a nonchalant “Eh, what the heck, let’s give this a go” type of attitude. I frequently don’t do things because I’m afraid of what might happen. Mainly failure. I hate to fail and that fear has held me back from trying or doing new things.
I want to approach this year with the idea that even if I do fail at something it isn’t the end of the world. At least I tried something new. And there is a really good chance that I won’t fail, that I’ll excel at my new endeavor and find new strengths and happiness.
So with that in mind, what do I want to do this year?
- Dive deeper into yoga (maybe even become certified)
- Expand my writing (maybe even some non-fiction works)
- Be stronger (physically and mentally)
- Nurture face-to-face relationships (the internet is great but so is being with someone in persn)
- Create new things (recipes, art, love…. anything)
There are plenty of things that I am ready to dive into and some of them scare me a little, but hey, what’s the worst that could happen?
What are you ready to try in 2016?
It’s typical this time of year to look back and reflect on everything that happened over the last 12 months. Often when you start to do this, it doesn’t feel like much has happened. But once you get going you realize that you accomplished quite a few things. And even if you didn’t have a crazy productive year, I doubt any of you just sat in a room for 12 months staring at a wall.
You woke up every morning for 365 days. That’s something. You put on clothes (hopefully) and went about your routine for 365 days. That’s something. You fed yourself (mostly), moved around, were HUMAN for 365 days. That is definitely something.
I am a person who constantly downplays everything I do. If it isn’t huge or momentous, then it doesn’t really matter. I walk around telling myself that I am just an average person, nothing special, nothing horrible, just me.
I don’t know if it’s my deep need to please other people or my aversion to bragging, but I have a hard time seeing all the great things I have done over a period of a year.
But not this year.
Remember way back at the beginning of the year when I chose a word to define 2015? I chose passion. While every single day of 2015 might not have been lived with passion, I did attack my goals with a new passion. It was tough at first to put myself out there and try new things. What if I failed? I hate failing and often have the mindset of if I can’t do it perfectly, I’m not going to do it at all. It took some work to get over that frame of mind, but towards the end of the year I started taking risks and doing new things because, why not?
What’s the worst that could happen?
People could say no or not like it but it wasn’t going to kill me. Clearly, I’m still here and I’m glad that I made the leaps of faith that I did because I have had some awesome opportunities this past year. I have really expanded my writing, tried new things with my fitness, and worked even more on choosing to accept my body as it is in this moment.
And I did it all with a passion that I don’t think I’ve used before. Nothing is going to be handed to me and instead of sitting around and whining or saying that I’m nothing special, I chose to get up and make new paths for myself.
I hope that as you look back on your 2015 you are able to see all of the amazing things that you accomplished. Even if you didn’t scale a mountain, solve world hunger, or star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you still did things that changed your life and brought you to this moment.
I haven’t chosen a word for 2016 yet, but I will soon and I hope you’ll join me. Enjoy the last few days of 2015 and get ready for another awesome 12 months!
Can you believe that it has already been 6 months since the beginning of the year? We are already done with half of 2015! That’s crazy!
Raise your hand if you are still working on any of the goals you made in January. Don’t worry if you didn’t raise your hand, I’ve had a few struggles of my own with my 2015 goals. The beginning of the year is always so new and fresh. You just got to spend time with your family over the holidays, maybe you’ve rested a little, and you feel like you can take on anything. This year is going to be your year.
Then life comes along and laughs at your goals and pretty much says, “Nope!”
We can’t always avoid all the problems that come our way. We can’t plan everything out and know for sure that it’s going to happen that way. Things come up, events happen, and many times we find ourselves far away from where we wanted to be when we started the year.
When I looked back at the goals I had made for the year, it seemed like I was barely doing anything that I had set out to do. Then I stepped back and really looked at where life had taken me the first part of this year and I realized I’ve done more than I thought.
I’ve been doing better with balancing the things on my plate and not letting one little crinkle in the routine throw me for a loop. I’ve even started to come to terms with not having such a set routine and letting the day lead me where it needs to go. It’s been a little bit of a struggle to adjust to things, but I haven’t completely lost it and I have to say I like having a little wiggle room. It’s nice to not know every single detail sometimes.
I’ve also expanded my blog, maybe not in the way I thought I would but it’s slowly growing. I’ve been consistent with my posts and improving the quality of my pictures. I’ve tried to have a bigger presence on Instagram and grow my following there and I finally started a Facebook page and found another way to reach out to my readers. I might not have thousands of readers like other blogs, but I do have loyal followers and that is all I could ask for.
As for my other goals, I’ve made different progress in those areas. I thought I would accomplish those in a different way than I am now, but that isn’t a bad thing! I’m actually learning a lot about myself and I like what I’m finding out.
I can say one thing with absolute certainty though and that is I have pursued everything with passion. That was my word for the year, the word that I chose to help focus all of my goals. It I start something or think about starting something and I find that I have no passion to put behind it, then I know that isn’t what I should be doing. I don’t want to half-ass anything anymore. I don’t want or need to waste my time. I want passion to be a part of everything I do because then I can really enjoy the outcome.
How about you guys? Have your goals been met, changed, or forgotten? Are you still using your word for the year to help guide you? What could you work on?
June is a great time to re-focus and get a fresh burst of motivation. You aren’t a failure if you haven’t made any progress yet! Time to get back up and start working towards what you want.
Today is the perfect day to do just that!