A new year is upon us! Time to “get our shit together.” For some, this can bring pressure to set unattainable, unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions. Doing this can actually have the opposite effect on us. We want so badly to better ourselves that we dive in head first changing everything we do to be a better version of ourselves. Trust me, I have been that person in the past; I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew. This year, however, I wrote down all of the things I would like to work on and accomplish and let that list sit for a few days. Then, I went back and circled the ones I really want to focus on.
In 2017, I set a goal to do a 24 hour fast once a month. This was the first New Year’s resolution I set and actually stuck to. In 2018, my goal was to take private sessions with a personal trainer to learn how to do Olympic lifts. I worked with Eric Tooker of Tooker Sports Performance last February and March to pursue this goal. Not only did I learn how to perform these types of lifts, they soon became a staple in my workouts and something I really enjoy doing.
This year, instead of having just one resolution to focus on, I set a few personal and professional goals for myself.
- Meditation: at the end of 2019 I started getting better at making time for meditation, but I want to make it apart of my daily routine for 2020; even if it is only a couple of minutes each day.
- Gratitude: I want to either write or speak three things I am grateful for each day. I’ve done a 30 day gratitude challenge in November the past two years and I notice a big difference in my outlook and emotional state when I practice gratitude each day.
- Intermittent Fasting: I am aiming to go 10-12 hours each day without eating or drinking anything other than water (from supper to breakfast). With my schedule being all over the place, sometimes I don’t eat supper until really late and then get up and eat breakfast right away. I am going to try to create a better eating schedule. I am also going to do a 24 hour fast once a month again. My relationship with food hasn’t been great this past year, and I tend to binge eat if I’m feeling stressed. This control over when I eat helps me remember that I am capable of controlling my eating habits. I try not to look at it with a restrictive mindset, but rather an empowering one.
- Garlic Enema: About a year ago I did my first enema due to suspicion of a parasite. It wasn’t a great feeling, but I did it twice in one week and sure enough, I had a parasite pass. Last week, I had a feeling I had a parasite again. I did my third enema, and while I didn’t actually see any pass, I felt cleaned out and refreshed. In 2020, I am setting a goal to do a garlic enema at least quarterly. Click here to read more about the benefits (not just for parasites!).
- Read More: My goal for this year is to read at least six books. I love to read but often don’t make time for it. I read three books in 2019, but know if I spend a little less time watching tv and on my phone, I can easily read six.
- Travel: My last and biggest goal for this year is to finally put my passport to use and travel abroad. I have a few friends I’ve been wanting to visit in India and Bali. I am in full blown saving mode to make this a reality!
I bought myself a new planner to help plan and track these goals. While there may seem like a lot of goals here, I am already doing most of them in some sort of way. I am just hoping to be more consistent and intentional about it.
I have two major intentions for this calendar year: slow down to reduce stress and be more mindful of the people I allow in my life.
There have been many signs popping up, telling me to slow down. I’ve ignored them. Why? Because I’m so accustomed to living in stress and chaos, so much so that I feel uncomfortable without it. I’ve determined I almost prefer to live in this constant state of stress, because it is familiar.
After taking a Yin/Restorative class with the amazing Jen Brooks of Dancing Lotus Yoga in Clear Lake last week, I experienced a great amount of clarity. While I feel like I have a healthy and balanced relationship with my mind and body, forcing myself to sit with my thoughts and emotions is something I am not great at. This class brought up so many things that I knew were on my mind but I hadn’t given them the time to surface and process them.
Who I Give My Time and Energy to:
I am the type of person who wants to see the people I care about happy and successful. I will do whatever I can to help my loved ones. Unfortunately, I can sometimes get so wrapped up in others that I start to ignore my own needs (typically mental needs). I have had a few very toxic people take advantage of this. Very recently, I have became more aware of how people affect me. With some people, I leave feeling empowered and energized, but then there are others that I leave feeling worn out and in a negative mindset.
This year, I am making a point to give my time and energy to people that have the best intentions for themselves and for me as well. I want to build healthy, loving relationships with people that push me to be better. I want to focus on myself and make sure that I take care of myself so that I can give more to those I love.
Be on the lookout for the second post about my professional goals and intentions coming soon!