“Resolutions” sounds punitive doesn’t it? And January is difficult enough. I find this is the low of my year when I would rather it be a time of inspiration and renewal. So, I’m focusing on the positive this year rather than being overwhelmed, cold, and stir-crazy!
In the coming days, I plan to share a couple of aspirations for the year ahead. And, rather than bite off more than I can chew (a feeling frustrated by mid-January), I’ve taken on just a couple aspirations and added smaller “SMART” goals (to borrow language from my previous experience as a leadership coach) to work toward accomplishing my desires.
My first aspiration is to be more MINDFUL this year. I plan to accomplish this by working on the following:
- Get more sleep. Not earth shattering, but so difficult for me to do. I strive for a minimum of 7 but 8 hours a night would be ideal. This means fewer late night working sessions (perhaps less procrastination?) and less after-hours social media from bed. Sleep is going to be a priority for me this year as rest is proven to help promote weight-loss, reduce stress, and curb depression – it’s not called “beauty rest” for nothing!
- Less digital distractions. I’m putting the phone down. First, I plan to stop posting and cruising social media after 9:00 pm. This is a tough one since I use social media as a tool for my business; however, I’m going to prioritize my time to post and reply earlier in the evenings (right after the kids are in bed). Also, fooling around on my phone is such a waste of time. I want to be more present and less distracted when spending time with my family. I’m going to use my phone like “work time” and unplug when I’m off the clock. Aside from friends and family texts, I don’t need to reply to emails and posts in real time (even if that is seemingly the expectation).
- Drink more water. Again, seemingly easy yet so hard to do. I have all of the tools but plan to get more creative. I’ve just discovered bone broth, I love La Croix, and I drink BCAA’s (branch-chain amino acids). Or course, I have plenty of attractive reusable bottles. So I just need to start toting them around. It is generally confirmed that hydration leads to better health – glowing skin, healthier food choices, and a more engaged brain.
- Meditation. More on this one to come in a following post; however, this is a big priority for me. I’m guilty of running from one thing to the next – seemingly with my hair on fire, yet it comes together (most of the time). And while I often consider my workout to be meditative, I’m often distracted (by my phone…see above). Instead, I intend to take time to just be; to clear my mind and create space to connect with my body. The benefits of mediation include stress reduction, improved concentration, and increased self awareness. As if those benefits aren’t enough, word is mediation can slow the signs of aging. Sold!
- Recommit to my diet. Have you read my post on my experience following the Faster Way to Fat Loss program? Participating in this diet and exercise program has been one of my greatest accomplishments of the past year. I have never felt more physically and mentally better about my health. In addition to losing nearly 15 pounds last year, I gained so much knowledge and support regarding the food that fuels my body and the exercises that will help me maintain optimal health. If you are interested in joining me as I recommit in the new year (sugar is my vice and the holidays may have gotten the better of me!), the next 6-week program begins January 15th. DM me with any questions or leave a comment.
- JOMO. I’m saying “no…thank you”, more this year. “Joy of missing out” rather than fear. I will start asking these questions: Will attending an event bring me joy? Does participating in something further my business? Does this activity fit my brand? Or am I simply participating out of fear of exclusion? I find that saying “no” is more difficult for me than I anticipate because saying no requires an understanding of what is important to you and who you are. JOMO allows more time and energy to be spent on my priorities and the people in my life that are important to me (including myself).
Check back in later this week as I share another aspiration – and this one may be a surprise. What are your aspirations for 2018? Please share your ideas or any suggestions for achieving my goals in the comments.
Thank you for reading. Happy New Year! ~Jenn
photo thanks to Jessica