I’ll admit it, I’m a dork. Just like I felt at the beginning of each school year growing up, I get so excited about the New Year. I love dreaming, setting goals, making plans. And I’ve (mostly) managed to stick to my resolutions these past few years, and feel much better because of it. But this year, I’m trying something new. Instead of vowing to work out more, eat less junk, not drink, work more…you get it… I’m going to focus on the positive things I can add to my life. I’m going to enjoy long weekend walks with my husband, even it if means cutting back a few hours at work. I’m going enjoy nights at home, cooking in and watching our favorite movies, even if it means we don’t make it to every event that comes up. I’m going to nourish my body with water, herbal teas and fresh, whole foods instead of, well…all that other stuff. I’m going to read that stack of books collecting dust on my nightstand, even if it means the dust collects on the furniture for one more day.
There are so many things in life to stress about, and I’ve learned over the past few years that stress never really goes away. I may finish a project at work or pay off a credit card bill, but that doesn’t mean I’ll never feel work or financial stress again. But what I may miss while I’m worrying about all those things is precious time with my husband, family and friends. And what I’ll gain is headaches, insomnia and a wicked bad mood. Not worth it.
So this year, I’m focusing on adding only positive, healthy things to my plate. Things that I enjoy and that will nourish my body, my brain and my heart. When that plate gets full, positivity stays and one stressful thing gets pushed to next week. That’s just the way it’s gonna be. And I can’t wait to enjoy each week a little more than the last.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year…may you truly enjoy each day of the journey.