Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! I thought I'd share my list of New Year's Resolutions with you on this fine mid-week morning because they say that writing your goals down makes them that much more tangible and attainable.
Below is a working, living, breathing list (meaning I can always add or change any of the items) of things I want to put intention behind this year.
What are your resolutions for the year?
#1 Stop Putting Things Off.
While this definitely goes along with a larger philosophical plan to live in the present, I really want to approach this in every day opportunities: Rather than let the dishes from the morning AND lunch pile up, I am committing to washing them immediately. Rather than whine about how many ideas I have for blog posts/articles/stories, but never enough time to write them, I am going to hammer them out typos and run-on sentences and all! I am done waiting for some magic genie to appear to help me finish all of the things that need to get done. I AM that magic genie!
#2 Eat More Plants.
For as long as I can remember, I have tip toed around the notion of a plant-based lifestyle. Years ago, I became a Pescatarian, and that was great. I felt fantastic. But eventually, I started eating meat again. While I am usually not one to buy into restrictive diets that make you feel guilty about eating one thing and not another - it is becoming increasingly clear that a plant-based, whole foods diet is an excellent path to health. Health issues (diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.) run in my family. As a mother of a young child, I am in no place to gamble my life or my health anymore. I am not labeling myself "Vegan" by any means, but what I am committing to is fueling myself as naturally and intentionally as possible. I am committing to eating foods that make me feel full, that make me feel loved, and that make me feel good. I owe myself that this year.
#3 Be More Adventurous.
One of the things I really struggle with as a new mom is balancing my sense of adventure and wanderlust with making sure my baby is comfortable, happy, and safe. What this usually translates to is me staying home to let her nap, while I daydream about visiting my best friend in LA, or watching one of my favorite bands live. When I was a childless, single adult I was ALL about traveling and road trips. While I can't just get-up-and-go with as much ease as before, I don't want to continue restricting myself OR her. I am committing to taking more adventures this year (with her in tow)! If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that she is ALWAYS going to feel comfortable, happy, and safe when she is with me - no matter where we are.
#4 Year of Yes.
My husband and I have been tossing this phrase around the last few days to encourage each other to let go of fear. Much like #1 above, this is about NOT putting things off anymore. For years I said no to starting a blog because I was too busy/tired/unoriginal/etc. Fear paralyzes you. It stops you from doing so many things. It quite literally stops you from living your life. So this is MY year of yes (thanks for this great phrase, Shonda Rhimes!). Within reason, I am open to trying things at least once, to saying YES to opportunities no matter how uncomfortable they may make me feel.
I think that's it for now, folks. Thanks for reading, and for always holding me accountable!
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