After a rather exciting 2018, I knew 2019 would have quite the challenge matching up. We have some big things happening this upcoming year that we’ll get into later on, but for now I’m sharing the top ways I set myself up for success. Although New Year’s Resolutions aren’t necessarily my cup of tea, it’s hard to deny the overpowering feeling of change and renewal come January. While I’m all for setting up a healthy exercise and eating routine anytime of year, I’ve decided to move past the obvious and get into the other areas of my life that I want to focus on. After all, there’s much more to health and happiness than a spin class and green smoothie (at least, most of the time).
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Get My Mind Right
One of my favorite yoga quotes is that the body craves movement, and the mind craves stillness. I’m taking time this year to actively attend to my mental wellbeing. I’ve identified my triggers for stress and anxiety (overpacking schedule, working too many hours, spending too much time on the internet), and come up with replacement behaviors (schedule down time, cut back on side hustles, read more books). Allowing myself open time isn’t a sign of laziness, but rather a necessity for clarity. After all, just as it’s impossible for your body to function going 100% all the time, it’s the same for your brain.
After spending most of last year on the minimalism kick, I recently strayed away from it after moving into a bigger home. More storage is awesome..until you realize you’ve collected three dog crates for the mere fun of it. I plan to go in with the mindset that just because we have the space, doesn’t mean it needs to be filled.
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After moving across town last summer, I’m making an effort to get to know the people in my new ‘hood. Rescuing a puppy was the easiest step in this direction because we spend most of our time strolling the neighborhood with people coming to greet Cedric. We’ve gotten to know a few couples down the road and luckily have some of our best friends a neighborhood away so Arlington is quickly beginning to feel like home! I’m planning to join a yoga studio close by as another way to connect.
Do More For the Good
My goal last year was to spend more effort making the world a better place. A little attention to the big picture rather than the little circle I live in helped me connect to the world in a way the pushed me past my comfort zone. After spending some time volunteering at an animal shelter, we ended up adopting a pup of our own who was rescued from hurricane Florence. This year I’m getting trained to foster other dogs to hopefully be able to prepare them for kind and loving homes. I’m also working on simpler ways to be better to our planet. I’ve completely eliminated using straws and finally have a backyard to set up for composting. Plus, I am inadvertently spending more time walking my dog and less time driving.
What do you plan to focus on for the New Year?
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