If you are anything like me, you set some New Year’s Resolutions and haven’t done all you planned on doing. Welcome to the party. We have great intentions, but sometimes the intentions get side railed. Maybe your goals were too lofty so you’ve thrown the towel in and decided to wait till next year to tackle the plan, kind of like you did last year. If you’re thinking you failed again or that you’ll never be able to do it . . . STOP! You are no different than any of us. We all want more and we all fall short at some time or another.
DON’T GIVE UP!
Progress is progress even if it is just a little bit. Just because you’ve fallen short on a goal, does not mean you should give up on it. You just have to readjust your plan. What better time to do it than at the half way point. Make some of the steps easier or maybe fewer. Instead of saying you’ll lose 30 pounds by summer, look at what you lost (before you gave up) and decide what IS possible. If you lost 2 of the 5 pounds in the first month, use that as your new base. What were you doing when you lost those two pounds? Adjust and start again because if you stay on that same track from now until the end of the year, in December you could lose 12 pounds and that’s a heck of a lot better than giving up and putting more weight on and trying it again in January. As long as you keep trying, some good will come. Just don’t give up.
Be Proud of Yourself
On the other hand, maybe you made it easy for yourself and you already completed everything you said you’d do. Clearly, you didn’t challenge yourself if you fall in this group. Make it worth your time. Pick something you really want or have dreamed about doing and push yourself so you will be proud to say, I did it. Take you goal and break it down into six steps (July-December). Then take each one and break it down to 4 weekly goals. You can do it.
Don’t be tough on yourself. We all need to tweak our goals at different times throughout the year in order to move forward. But don’t give up on them. If it’s not perfect, learn from the failed attempts and celebrate the victories. During the rough patches, re-adjust and keep going. Your goals are a work in progress. Look at what was working during the good times and step back when you fall short. Acknowledge what got you off track and remember shit happens. Let’s face it ladies, we’re not perfect. Life happens, family visits and the refrigerator breaks. So what! Whatever the reason, just get back on track. If your goals are to challenging, cut it in half. But don’t give up.
From My Heart to Your ~ You Got This!
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It’s Officially Spring!
Look what is going on during this time of year. You feel it, smell it and see it happening right before your eyes. Life is happening all around us and also within us. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we witness and become part of the earth coming to life. It marks the end of hibernation and the beginning of regrowth as the birds start singing in the morning, trees begin growing green leaves and flowers push through the dirt and blossom .
In addition, our hormones actually begin to change. We produce lower amounts of melatonin which reduces depression, our retinas are effected by the longer appearance of the sun. We sleep less and energy surges. We become more aware of body image and we begin to eat healthier. Resulting in a decreased desire to reach for comfort food. Instead, we replace it with gardening and outdoor cooking leading us to healthier choices. The nice weather draws us outside to work in the yard, take a walk and connect with others. Because we spend more time outside, we breath more fresh air and move our bodies more.
Spring Has Sprung
This is the time for rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation. It’s the season of new beginnings. What is your new beginning? What dream will you give birth to? This is your time to get into action and live the life you’ve been waiting to live. Get out of the house. Open the windows. Live! Start to fertilize your inner growth. Join a pottery class, take a walk or plant a garden. Bring a part of you to life that you have been neglecting. Get creative, set your goals and indulge in your hobbies. Start growing during springtime and continue throughout the year. It’s time to begin tending to your inner garden and make changes in your life. You deserve it.
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Happy “YOU” Year
As we begin our journey of making 2021 our Happy “YOU” Year, it’s important to ask ourselves the right questions so we can be clear about what it is we are creating on this clean slate. We stand here with a blank canvas that is waiting for us to decide what 2021 will hold for us. Where will we be a year from right now?
Now is the Time
That can be an overwhelming question because most of us are so out of touch with who we are, that we have no idea what we want. Even more troubling is that many women answer that question with what someone else believes we are. We spend so much time listening to what others say and think that we don’t do it for ourselves. We’ve lost who we are. That is why now is the perfect time to unravel all of the answers that are within us. The best way to understand who we are and what we truly want is to ask questions. If we ask the right questions, we can restore the heart and build strength and confidence as we develop the will to uncover our true selves. Explore questions that dig into your souls, into your heart and into our dreams.
If you could live the life of your dreams, what would that look like? Where would you be? What would be around you? Who would be with you. If there were no restrictions and you could be, do and have anything you desired, what would it be? When you ask your heart these questions, listen. Don’t be in a hurry to answer them. Wait and then ask them again. Let your imagination and your heart explore your covered up dreams. You will know when it is time to write these things down. You will know when you have the vision of what your year can look like.
You can also ask your own questions. As one question is asked another may pop up. Go with it and explore your heart. This is not a script. It is creative, it is exploration and it is the rebuilding of your true self. When you come up with answer, ask yourself “why”. Why is this important to you? What will it bring you? How will it make you feel? What will it mean? Just keep exploring. This is the process of reaching your authentic self.
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