I might be a little late to the party when it comes to sounding off the year with my New Year’s Resolutions (or maybe I’m a commitment-phobe), BUT I wanted to give them some serious thought and I think I’ve come up with the best resolutions I’ve ever committed to. Hey – it’s the thought that really counts here, amirite? While this might seem a little like a routine solely recognized and established through tradition, I tend to lean toward the mindset that resolutions actually are important and can make a difference in your life regardless of the Hallmark-ness of it all. (PS – admittedly, I LOVE Hallmark.)
Yes, you’ll notice my New Year’s Resolutions rhyme – it’s so they can be easily remembered, you’re welcome. Resolving to apply this to my everyday life has always been a challenge for me. This year, I’m resolving to make time each morning and evening to begin and end each day with a positive, uplifting and grateful attitude. Meditation is great for the body, mind and soul.
Being a Christian, the bulk of my meditation is prayer, praise and gratitude for all the blessings I have and will receive whether it’s for myself or for others in my life. The other part of meditation is so I can silence my brain and surrounding noise, focus my mind and think about what I want out of life, how I can give back to others and how I can be successful even just for that day. If you’ve never tried meditating, give it a shot, I find it relaxing.
Helpful tips: Spritz a lavender scent or light a lavender candle, search meditation playlist on Spotify and hit play, sit criss-cross apple sauce – back straight, place hands palms upward in your lap, close your eyes, focus on your breathing and visualize. Try to do it for a least 5 minutes. You’ll notice a change.
No Fear, My Dear.
Being an intro/extroverted combination personality type, I find that the introverted side’s fears surface more often than not. The fear to be bold and jump in head first is something I’ve struggled with. 2018 is the last year where I could let that slide. 2019 means no more justifying my fears and waiting for my lack of aggressiveness and motivation to be rewarded with opportunity. I consider myself a hard-worker but I know I’m capable of much more and vow to come through this year. It’s in writing where lots of people can read this so now there’s no way out. Also, the photo above is me being slightly fearless (I looked down, started shaking and lost my stomach somewhere in the water…) on Carrick-a-Rede in Northern Ireland.
Eat Right, Get it Tight.
My third and final of my New Year’s Resolutions is getting in the habit of eating right (less pizza, more kale) and getting my bum to the gym and going hard. I travel and I love food, so to go abroad and not indulge is pretty tough for me. The urge to try new things especially in the food world, never dies. And I’m not justifying this, but when you’re on the road at random hours, it’s a true scavenger hunt to find anything that’s not a foil wrapped greasy cheeseburger or tired tasteless taquito courtesy of the gas station you finally found that has diesel fuel. (That’s a clue for a venture of mine that has yet to be revealed.) Here’s to me jumping on the Keto bandwagon and doing squats with the protein bros at the gym. Is it wrong that I’m actually excited about it?
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