I haven’t posted in almost a month, but in my defense I have been so busy this past holiday season that I barely had time to sit down. My sister got married, Christmas was a few days later, and then New Years. We had family fly in from all over the world, and my life was now consumed with catching up with everyone and family events. I didn’t go to the gym for 2 weeks, I ate whatever I saw, and I loved every moment of it. My December was filled with laughter, food and family, and it was glorious, I feel no guilt for indulging myself, and to be honest, I think I actually needed a carefree break. Although it will take me about 3- 4 weeks to work off all the food I ate, I don’t regret any of those delicious bites.
We are now a week in to 2016 and my year started out with me planning my future, both personal and professional. I had a great conversation with a mentor that I greatly admire, and I set out goals and intentions for the year. I don’t call my goals resolutions, but intentions. There are some intentions that I haven’t even got to yet, and that’s okay. I’ll get to them when I have time. Around this time of year people start beating themselves up about things they aren’t doing or want to change. It’s not about instant change, but a growth that can perhaps take a lifetime. It’s perfectly okay to not lose that 15 pounds by March or to find the perfect job in a couple weeks. Real change takes time and commitment, but it can be so worth it.
Your intentions don’t have to be grand either. Sometimes the smallest things can make a huge difference. For example, one of mine for this year is to hug my husband at least once a day, even when I am beyond angry and would rather throw something instead. While this may seem like tiny gesture, it will always allow us to understand what’s really important in the world.
Make your intentions big or small, but always stay authentic to yourself, and don’t fret if you fall down. Take a break, and then get up and keep going.
Have a happy and healthy 2017!