Over time, I’ve grown into loving the whole New Year’s Resolutions tradition. It’s mainstream, yes, but always personal. It gives us a chance to reflect on what we truly hope for and are willing to work towards. And it being the beginning of a fresh calendar gives us an optimistic sense of new beginnings. What better time to set some goals? Personally, I like to give myself some time to really mull things over before declaring my resolutions so that they’re meaningful, purposeful and realistic. Hence this post is coming up almost halfway through the month. There are 3 things I believe to be a major key when in pursuit of smashing our resolutions and I want share them here. I hope they will help you in charting your course, navigating your journey and making it to your intended destination in 2019.
I cannot stress enough how vital this is. To everything we want to be and do. And I’m not talking about that self-indulgent kind of self care that’s peddled online . . . Which admittedly, I’m guilty of doing. I mean a holistic approach to being at our best so we can give our best. Mind, body, soul. It’s important to take our well-being into our own hands and to make conscious decisions on how we live. For me, self-care means preactively listening to my body; making time for myself; putting myself first; and most importantly, making my mental and spiritual health priorities in my life. For you, it could be whatever you need to find balance and inner peace. When we’re our best selves, we can be and do so much more. We can give so much to others . . . you can’t pour from an empty cup. So fill yourself up and then go forth and water the world.
We’re leaving all unnecessary baggage in 2018. Can I get an Amen? This is the time for us to put our lives under audit and see what gets kept and what gets tossed . . . and this includes people too. For me, the basic principle I am using is “does it add value to my life?” or the KonMari “does it bring me joy?” if the answer is no, I have no room for it in my life. I’ve come to see how peaceful life is without congestion and toxic people. Decluttering your life will make you a back-to-basics, lean, mean, conquering machine. The less you have to split your focus on, the more time you have on the things and people that actually matter. And yourself. It also teaches us how to let things go.
Not to go overboard with the sailing references (I just did it again, haha) but keeping logs of our journeys helps us on this voyage. Checking in every once in a while to see if we are still on course or what we need to change keeps us engaged throughout the year. Because let’s face it, forgetting about our resolutions and goals does tend to happen. A lot! By keeping track of ourselves often, we can keep them top-of-mind and best of all, we can celebrate the smaller milestones that will keep us motivated. I love to keep journals for this exact purpose, several at that. I usually have a general journal and a progress book and I got a very thoughtful 5 year journal my friend got me last year. They all make me know where I have been, aware of what’s changing and focused on where I am going. Also, the Taking Stock posts are a great way to reflect. And you don’t have to be a blogger to do them. Just jot them down in your journal. I’ll share the blank Taking Stock pompts as per what I get from Meet Me At Mikes.
Some other tools I love to use are my printable worksheets that I have here for you:
One of my resolutions is definitely to take Oshinity to new heights and the first thing I had to do was revamp this space. So welcome to the new look Oshinity blog! Do you like it? I am quite loving it. I hope we all get to the end of theeyar better than we started and with a lot of accomplishment as far as our resolutions. Have a great week!
P.S. – TAKING STOCK PROMPTS