Each year we get bombarded with the question, "So what is your new years resolution?" And each year we spit out some mechanical answer about how we're going to all of a sudden exercise every day, and eat more greens and stop doing this and stop doing that.
But what if this year, we set intentions instead of resolutions? Small, achievable goals that we can actually accomplish, so that we can actually grow, instead of setting ourselves up for failure.
What if instead of throwing out general 'goals' into the ethers of resolutions, we broke things down a bit, and gave each month a new meaning? It takes 21 days to build a new habit, and if you stay consistent, with these small choices, and put in the time, you WILL see significant results! (Check out The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy for more on this theory)
Get to know yourself, first. Unplug more often. Begin a meditation practice. (Tune in to my Instagram for a meditation challenge that will help set you up on this journey!) Smile more. Compliment yourself, and others around you. Eat consciously. Practice gratitude.
Your journey begins within!
Get ahead of your spring cleaning, and clear out space to make room for even better things to come your way. Digitize your documents so you can get rid of paper clutter. Purge your home of expired items, such as food, makeup, medicine. Donate any clothes that you haven't worn in a year. Clean out your purse, briefcase, and car, so that you can clear out your mind!
Invest in a coffee machine and blender to make coffee and smoothies at home. (I used to spend $20 per smoothie bowl until I learned how to make them myself!) Cancel subscriptions you aren't using. Ride your bike as much as you can. Have potluck dinners and have friends bring over food to share! Every time you get a check, immediately put 30% into your savings account. Remember, small, achievable goals.
To continue advancing, we must keep learning. Find a hobby that compliments your lifestyle and where you want to go. Yoga is an excellent addition to anyones lifestyle. Try picking up a coloring book, or making a few new recipes. Plant a few herbs. Read a new book. Any suggestions? Leave them in the comments!
Your mind and body are now primed to plant the seeds of affirmations. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts, so plant some powerful words in this fertile garden! Feel like you want to be making more money? Write "Money Comes Easily And Frequently" on pieces of paper and stick them all over the house. Here are a few other examples: I love myself. Everything I do turns to success. I am happy and healthy. I am loved and supported. What are some of your favorite affirmations?
I personally carry around a glass jug that holds 2 liters of water around with me everywhere I go. I fill it up each morning, and make sure I drink its contents before bed. This way I know I'm drinking enough water to keep myself hydrated. If you think water is boring, add a few berries or herbs (maybe from your new garden?) to the water to give it some flavor! Or just try switching one side or sugary drink to an herbal tea instead. Don't overwhelm yourself, just start small. You're doing great!!
Its summer now! You've been drinking tons of water, riding your bike, and being mindful, but don't forget to connect with nature. Soak up a few sun rays to get your vitamin D fix. Put your bare feet in the dirt. Squish some sand between your toes. Cup the ocean water in your hands. You are a part of this earth, and were made from the same energy that created this whole universe! Get lost in the beauty of a flower, it will help keep you present and grounded during such a stimulating season!
I'm not saying you have to fly around the world. It could be a staycation, where you turn off your phone, and computer, soak in the tub with a face mask on. All I'm saying is break out of your routine. It could be a weekend drive up the coast, or maybe you are really daring and go someplace you've always wanted to go... the time is now! You'll see, experience have far greater value than things.
As the seasons change, and the weather starts to cool, we tend to turn our attention towards the home. I believe in beauty, it inspires me to create! Try adding a few plants to your home, or a few crystals. Reorganize your space, and hang some art. Decor is so affordable and accessible these days! My secret favorite place to go is Marshalls and Home Goods! Pick things that spark joy, and make you smile when they catch your eye.
Personally, I love change. It challenges me to adapt. And to adapt is to survive. 2 years ago, I threw myself out of a plane (Ok, that sounds dramatic, I went skydiving on my birthday, which happens to be in October) and it totally rocked my world. Do something that scares you. Most of the time you will realize that there was never anything to even be scared of, and you will become even more of a badass.
Oh how I love me some sweets. This year, I really let myself go, and while I might have felt good in the moment, I definitely could have done without the dessert after every meal since Thanksgiving. Our eyes tend to be bigger than our stomachs, so trick yourself and buy some smaller plates. Or drink a glass of water before you even begin your meal. Most of the time you're actually thirsty and not hungry. Pile up the greens first, and fill half of your plate with veggies before loading up on the heavy carbs. Dont chastise yourself, but don't fall into mindless habits either. Be present, make choices, and start one meal at a time.
Tis the season of giving. You've been working on yourself all year long, and now its time to share the wonderful human you are with the rest of the world. Use a site like Charity Navigator to find a cause that resonates with you. Stock up on some extra socks or blankets, and give them to any homeless you come across. Donate your time, your money, and your efforts. If I've learned anything in this lifetime, its this: The more you give, the more you receive.