2017 has come and gone. How was it for you? Did you experience growth in any aspect of your life through being curious and willing to explore; did you have a sense of deep frustration and stress? Perhaps, like me, you had a little of both.
Whatever 2017 was for you, rest assured that it won’t all come to a screeching halt in January, 2018. The good, the bad, and the ugly don’t stop just because the calendar flips over.
But, a new day and a new year can represent new hope and new opportunities. To make room for new beginnings, I find it useful to take a moment and reflect on who I am and what makes up my daily existence. I hope you’ll join me!
First, we all wear multiple ‘hats’
spouse or lover; employer or employee; friend or acquaintance; child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, extended family; healthy or sickly; skinny, fat, pretty, ugly, youthful, fit, aging; student or teacher; leader or follower; angry, sad, moody, happy, helpful, giving.
Second, our days may consist of
rest and relaxation; cooking and cleaning; shopping; golfing, cycling, hiking, and tennis; travel; day-dreaming; planning; working; reading; school and on-line education; hanging out with friends; sitting in traffic
Third, we all do some form of the following
Sleep, nap, or both; bathe; get dressed; brush teeth; general grooming; eating and snacking ( this includes grazing, binge eating, over- or under- eating); drink beverages (water, coffee, tea, alcohol, juice, smoothies, etc.); entertainment (web surfing, video games, TV, movies, etc.)
No matter what your day looks like or how you define yourself at any given moment, it’s important to live in the NOW, to cherish every moment, to say Thank You for everything that comes your way, even if you didn’t invite it!
Saying ‘yes’ to your life as it is in that moment opens a door to appreciation. And, when you stay in appreciation, dwelling on what hasn’t or isn’t working is no longer an option. Instead you start to dwell on a brilliant future full of vitality and happiness.
So what do you want 2018 to be for you?
Below, are some ideas that are part of my daily existence and that I plan to do more of – maybe they resonate with you – and I’d love for you to share your thoughts for 2018.
To do that, head on over to my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NutritionByTerri/ and either post them or privately message me.
Eat more green foods every day—going ‘green’ increases the body’s nourishment giving you more energy, vitality, and a stronger immune system, keeps weight gain in check, aids in detoxing the natural way, and keeps you younger, longer.
Make a list of things you want to accomplish today, this week, this month, this year. Get into the habit of keeping a running list of everything. Lists free the clutter from your mind and reduce stress……its also super-satisfying to cross things off the list once completed.
(Check out the app, Wunderlist,here. It’s great for organizing all of life’s big and little details.
Do some smile-in-the-mirror work—according to Louise Hay, ‘Mirror work is the most effective method…. for learning to love yourself and see the world as a safe and loving place.’
Meditate if only for 10 minutes a day (start with 1 minute if you have to!!)—among other things, meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, increases happiness, and slows down aging.
SLEEP! Go to bed ½ hour earlier—you’ll be in a better mood, be able to focus and concentrate more efficiently, increase the odds of maintaining a desirable weight, boost your immune system, and lower your risk of getting a chronic disease
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Have an awesome New Year, filled with all your heart desires, make it healthy, happy, peaceful, and fun.