I have a confession…I LOVE this time of year.
I mean, the holidays are nice and all. And I’m so thankful to be with family and friends.
But I just love a fresh start. I love an excuse to get up and start making changes. What better time to do it than the start of another year? Another year that you’re alive and on this planet that’s placed perfectly in the universe?
Okay, I’m getting a little Jen Sincero on you, but I’m sure you know what I mean. (If you’ve read You are a Badass, you know exactly what I’m talking about).
This time of year just makes me feel so inspired. I’m ready to make change. I’m ready to get things done. I want to be successful and happy.
It wasn’t always this way though. I used to use this time as an excuse to go on a “diet.” I would set unrealistic goals and then get discouraged by the second week when I would end up binging on unhealthy food. I didn’t feel successful or happy. At all.
I’m thankful I am at a place now where this time of year gives me joy. But I think it’s so important to recognize what works for you.
People are ALL about telling you what you should and shouldn’t do at the start of a new year. Whether it’s a company selling you some new exercise machine or diet pill, or if it’s an Instagrammer telling you not to set goals and just love who you are. (Which, to be clear, I am all about).
But what I’m not into is other people telling you exactly what you need to do. If you love this time of year, like me, and want to get inspired, then go for it! But if this time of year brings you anxiety and makes you feel like you have to set goals, then wait until you’re in a better headspace to make change.
I think that’s the most important thing you can do.
I personally never set any goals surrounding weight because that always led to stress and self criticism in the past. And honestly? It never resulted in me reaching my “goal weight.” That simply never happened.
Now, I like to set goals for wellbeing.
So, here are my goals for January (because I just can’t set a goal for the whole year).
1. More Yoga, Less Time Scrolling
I got away from doing yoga regularly with work getting busy and then the holidays. But somehow I managed to find time to be on my phone for a few hours a day. (Man, the new screen time thing is really eye-opening).
Now I’m planning to kick start the year with Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga Challenge. I’m never one to do things like this, but I did it last year on a whim and became so dedicated! I felt amazing by the time I was done.
2. Eat Food that Makes Me Feel Awesome
I also got away from eating mostly vegan during the holidays because things were just around me. My body wasn’t used to all the stuff I was eating, including all the extra sugar. I often felt tired and just not good.
To help transition back to more home cooking and healthier eating, I’ve found a ton of unique recipes to try out that get me excited to be back in the kitchen. (Find some of my recent discoveries on my Pinterest). I could never force myself to eat smoothies and salads all day. I love to get creative in the kitchen so if I’m going to get back to eating better, I need to be inspired.
3. Get More Organized with Less
With things getting so busy the last few months, our house has taken a hit. I spent the last few days cleaning things up, but now I want to attack the clutter. I want to go through everything, get rid of what’s not serving me, and re-organize. And nothing is more inspiring than watching Marie Kondo work her magic on the new Neflix series. Just one episode in and I’m ready to tidy things up.
I’m so excited for change. I’m ready for a fresh start. I’m ready to fall back into routines I love while creating a space I love. I’m ready to be more present and spend less time mindlessly scrolling on my phone. I’m ready for another beautiful year.
Do you find inspiration this time of year? Or do you work better on your own timeline?
Either way, I hope your year is off to a great start!
Sending you love wherever you are,