Happy new year!
I wanted to share a few ideas I have for 2020 for myself and maybe give a few gentle reminders and suggestions on how to start the new year on the right foot, especially for all the busy people who don’t usually take time for themselves (I hope you somehow find this post)!
If you don’t completely love and appreciate your body then join me with this intention. No matter what kind of body we have or what our health is, I’m guessing we could all be a little more grateful. Even when we are in pain or ill, it is our body’s way of telling us we need to pay attention to something and for that we should be grateful. Let’s listen more closely, give it good food for fuel and healing, take time to rest and time to move. Let’s stop feeding it poisons such as artifical chemicals, junk food and pop.
Let us also not be ashamed of our bodies. Let’s stop comparing ourselves to others. Let’s stop acting like our body is supposed to look a certain way to be beautiful and foster a mindset that our body is beautiful in that it serves us every day. It’s miraculous that, in all the ways things could go wrong and how fragile life can be, it can heal itself and things mostly go right. Remember that taking care of your body is a form of self respect.
Thank you, body, for serving me well for so many years. I promise to be more kind to you this year and take good care of you. I love and appreciate you!
We all know how bad it is for our overall health. There are ways to alleviate stress that we all need to be practicing. Breathing exercises, meditation, cardiovascular exercise, getting outdoors in nature and sun, yoga or stretching, using our creativity, expressing our feelings are just a FEW of the ways we can regulate our stress levels.
On top of that there’s psychological things we can be doing such as practicing positivity, doing inner child work, shadow work, identifying triggers, mindfulness, journaling and more to develop positive coping skills.
We spend so much time on things that are non-essential such as social media, TV, gaming, etc. Let’s take some of that time and spend it intentially working on ourselves for ourselves. This should be a number one goal for everyone. It should be taught by parents to children from a very young age that they need to take responsibility for their emotional and physical well being.
Follow this blog and others that are similar for a bunch of ideas for self care. It’s so important to keep reminding ourselves to relax and take good care of ourselves. It’s too easy to get caught up in the world and put our well being on the back burner. I’ll be posting lots of ideas for self care and food for thought on how we can live our best lives. Find some way to stay motivated. Motivation doesn’t last, that’s why we have to keep doing it.
Let’s do more of what makes us happy. If you don’t love your job, work on getting another one. Not in a good relationship? Fix it or get out of it. Whatever you don’t absolutely love about your life can be changed. You are never stuck unless you allow yourself to be.
There are three solutions to every problem. You can either accept it, change it or leave it. If you can’t accept it, change it. If you can’t change it, leave it. Boom. You’re done. If you choose to stay in a situation that makes you miserable it’s your own time that you’re wasting.
Let’s do the things that bring us joy and happiness. Let’s be with people who make us laugh. Let’s have fun. We can’t keep saying that we will have fun tomorrow because tomorrow never comes. How we live our life on a daily basis is what matters most. If you’re not having fun daily, something needs to change. We all need to do things in our own best interest. It is not not selfish. It is essential for our happiness. We do not need to be martyrs for others’ happiness.
Even when I was working in hospice I had fun with my patients. There are very few situations in which one can’t have fun.
This is a great way to add more fun to your life. I wonder how many new things we can try this year. New foods? A new hobby? Maybe even a new apartment or house? Want to adopt a pet? Wear a different style of clothing or even just add new colors to your wardrobe? How about taking a class or learning a foreign language? A new hairstyle? The possibilities are endless.
Let’s step out of our comfort zones and embrace trying new things on a regular basis. Who’s with me on this intention?
Be brave this year. Be bold. Be exciting.
This is super exiciting for me. I’m going to be continuing to curate my whole life this year. I’m streamlining, minimizing and clearing out everything that is no longer for my best interest. This includes my clothing, email box, foods, certain social media accounts, my home and my whole life.
If we don’t get rid of the old we aren’t making room for the new. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for new things and situations that are for my highest good to find their way into my life.
If your house has been the same for a long time, maybe this is the time to mix things up. Do you apply any feng shui principles to your home or life? Feng shui is the idea that the placement of objects in your home according the the bagua and the elements of earth, wind, water and fire can affect your life in many ways. I am not super knowledgeable about it but do know that, for me, when a room is in order and tidy and has some natural elements such as plants, water features, a fireplace or candles, wood, etc., it just makes me feel good. When I add natural textures to a room and use certain colors it most definitely elevates my mood too.
I’m learning to let go of material objects as a lesson in detachment. It may be scary or uncomfortable at first if you’re new to the idea but if you can embrace it, it becomes incredibly freeing and empowering at the same time.
The idea is to let chi (energy) flow through each room of your house. Chi becomes stagnant with clutter. Feng shui can also be applied to your office desk or other areas too.
Let’s create spaces that are special and sacred to us. Our home should be our sanctuary from the outside world. It should be comforting, peaceful, airy and relaxing. There should be a place for everything. Everything should be in good repair.
Let’s curate every aspect of our lives so that it’s tailored to our personal joy. We have the power to allow or not allow people, situations and things into our lives that give it meaning and fulfillment.
If none of these ideas resonate with you, that’s OK. I hope you search within yourself though to find a way to make some positive changes in your life that involve self care and self love. Keep dreaming your dreams and smashing your goals. Don’t let anyone stop you!
If you’re new here, in this blog I like to talk about ways we can all live our best lives. There is enough success and happiness out there for all of us. We just have to tap into it. Success and a good life (whatever each of those mean for you) doesn’t come from having a wealthy family or being smarter or prettier or funnier than anyone else. It comes from having a positive attitude despite one’s circumstances and a desire to grow and learn from challenges. Success comes from living a life true to yourself and marching to the beat of your own drum.
Don’t let anyone tell you your dreams are too lofty. Remember that if someone tells you it’s impossible, that just means it’s impossible for them, not you.
In ten years from now you’re going to want to say that you chose your life and it didn’t choose you. Be brave enough to go after what makes you come alive. Create a life you can’t wait to wake up to. Make a life you don’t need to take a vacation from. Never compare yourself to anyone else. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday. That’s your competition.
What are your new year’s intentions and goals for 2020?
Do you want to simplify more? Be more creative? Develop a more positive mindset? Get up earlier to exercise? Grow your business? Earn or save more money? Get healthier?
Whatever it is, I know you can do it if you set your mind to it. Develop a plan of action and ask yourself these important questions every single day.
In closing, I want to let you know that I am very grateful for those of you who are following this blog and those that are new and just read this post. 2019 was the first of, hopefully, many years of this blog. I hope you do follow along and grow with me! I’d love to get to know you!
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