HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It’s the first day of 2017 (an odd year – thank God LOL). Today is a fresh start. The very first of 365 new opportunities for success, happiness, balance, and fun.
I’m a big resolution girl.
I learned early on the power of words – and the extra push they can give when written down in black and white.
Each year on New Years Day, I sit down with a cup of tea and my journal (full from a huge family luncheon) and write. Tailoring my resolutions to make them more me definitely keeps them in the forefront of my mind.
This year, I’m releasing my 2017 Resolutions to you.
(Extra layer of accountability, right? LOL) Maybe they guide you in crafting your own list, or maybe they just make you laugh. Either way, I hope you start off 2017 right!
1. Be More Balanced.
I think it’s the Aires in me, but I tend to charge FULL STEAM AHEAD toward any mission I believe in. It’s a great ingredient in the “Recipe for Success”, but sometimes it’s also unhealthy. You tend to focus solely on just one project, one idea, or one goal…and you let other important components of a healthy life fall by the wayside. Treat the parts of your life (like work, creative passion, health and wellness, and interpersonal relationships) as equal priorities. Just think how peaceful you’ll feel 365 days from now. Just think how you’ll feel one week from now!
2. Commit To Fitness.
I’m sure a lot of people know the feeling. You like to exercise. Even, dare I say it, enjoy trying different workouts. Yet, sometimes this zeal and willingness to jump from class to class doesn’t lend itself to a truly cohesive routine. The progress isn’t as visible because of the repetitive “start and stop”. Commit to one yoga class EVERY DAY. Go to the studio or roll out the mat and pick a oneOeight video at home. (Seriously, do that. They’re amazing.) If you want to try other things, go for it! But keep the yoga continuous. Anything else can just be an exciting additive.
3. Do What Pleases You.
Read as many books as you like, regardless of their level of usefulness. Meditate. Watch as many late night documentaries as you wish. Try different teas. Find your passions. If you feel like hoping in bed at 8PM, do it. Be unapologetic about doing what’s best for you. Cultivating yourself makes you a more interesting, happy, and well-rounded person. Seriously, you and the people around you will notice the difference. You’ll glow.
4. Take Professional Risks.
You’re not happy with where you are. You want to try something new. But what’s new isn’t always certain. There’s no way to predict you’re level of success – or even that you’ll like it in the end. But are you willing to reflect on a New Years Day 20 years from now and sit with the fact that you didn’t even try? Sign up for that class. Get that license or certificate. Network and branch out and see what opportunities are waiting for you. Fight for them if you have to. And if it doesn’t work out, you tried. Just, for your own piece of mind, have a plan B. (And maybe a plan C and D. Because bills. LOL)
5. Be Open To New Relationships.
You’re guarded. Despite your Aries tendency’s you don’t let people in easily. You overthink and overanalyze. I know it’s because you don’t want to let something continue on for too long if it’s not right. That’s not a bad thing. But you can be in tune with yourself and your gut feelings about new people without letting them rule the “get-to-know-you” phase. Let the worries go. Enjoy the process. Everyone you cross paths with has been placed there for a reason. You need them to learn something about yourself, or to just learn a life lesson. Trust yourself and your judge of character, and have fun meeting new people. They may come and go quickly, but they may also be a treasured new friend or a beloved significant other ringing in 2018 beside you.
6. Don’t Stress.
Easier said than done, I know. Stuff happens and it sucks. Plans don’t go well and people don’t get along. You might get hurt. Other’s might, too. Life isn’t perfect, and it has it’s own master plan that will most certainly interrupt yours. Stressing over every bump in the road, every maybe, and every dead end won’t change the course of the future. So don’t waste time wearing a hole in your fluffy carpet. Deal with what happens when it happens. One moment’s problem will last for just that – a moment. It’s fleeting, so let your negative feelings last for just as long. Feel the stress, then let it go.