If you haven’t taken the time to reflect on 2012, now is your chance. I want to invite you to pull out your notebook/journal and jot down (or type) as many memorable moments as you can recall. You might be surprised at how many amazing events you’ve experienced this past year. Squeeze in a little gratitude for the wonderful people that are a part of your life and the opportunities that you created or seized.
When I did this exercise, great memories of 2012 flooded my page. Some of the highlights include the growth of my nutrition business, becoming a member of a Crossfit Community, moving to a new home, attending Paleo Fx in Austin, completing my Holistic Lifestyle Coach certification and finding out that my husband and I are expecting our first child in early February 2013. Wow, what a year! These are just some of the highlights and don’t include all of the wonderful times spent with family, friends and clients sharing great conversations, fun outings and delicious meals.
I am truly grateful for everything I experienced in 2012. I am entering the final month of my pregnancy feeling very well cared for thanks to my amazing husband, friends and team of health professionals that are doing their best to keep me in great shape for the most challenging physical event I will have experienced to date.
I have done my best to set myself up for the birth of our baby and pending motherhood. Was I perfect? No, I probably ate too much sugar but I still continued to eat real food, exercise and make time for relationships and my passions. It is always tempting to compare ourselves to others who appear to have it all figured out. I know that the most important thing I can do for myself is to let go of the need for perfection and embrace the unknown. As scary as it may seem, 2013 is going to require me to open my heart even wider and accept that my priorities are going to shift, change and look a bit different.
I know that my health and the health of my family will remain a priority. My routines and strategies to maintain optimal health will have to be adapted to fit my lifestyle but my core values don’t have to change.
Instead of making new years resolutions this year, I am going to suggest that you keep the habits, relationships and activities that are working for you and figure out how you can continue to expand these positive areas of your life. The negative habits, relationships and activities will naturally shrink when your focus is on the positive things you are already doing. Your life probably doesn’t need a complete overhaul and a few positive tweaks can carry your forward. Don’t get sucked into the idea that you are broken and need to be fixed. You currently have the strength, passion and intelligence to live your best life. You know what works for you and what doesn’t. The tools are out there. All you have to do is take action. Make 2013 the year that you listen to your fabulous inner guru.