Why I’m still hibernating and why you should be too (plus my 8 “Soulful Goals” for 2017)

It’s January 8th and I haven’t rushed out to get my gym membership renewed. I’m not entering any new 30 day challenges and I haven’t signed up for any cleanses. You know, the usual New Year’s stuff people get into this time of year.
Okay, that’s a little but of a lie because I did sign up for the “500 words a day” challenge with Jeff Goins but that’s only because I want to keep up with staying in touch with all of you lovely folks in the FoodLove Community.
But other than that, I’m still chillin.
I’m taking some advice I got from a recent blog post by Kate Northrup and instead of leading my life by our calendar, I’m going to lead it by the Earth’s and Moon’s cycles.  It may be January 1st, a New Year but it’s also the dead of winter. It’s not time to spring into action. It’s time to rest, reflect, meditate, slow down and let our bodies and our minds do some recovery and wait.  Wait until spring to jump up.  There’s no rule that says we need to rush and go, go, go.  No.  It’s hibernation time folks.
So what am I doing right now?

I’m reading,  sleeping in, taking long walks, listening to great stuff on Audible and allowing  myself more space. That’s my theme for 2017 – Space.
I’m taking the advice of my LMWL coach, Sarah Jenks and I’m allowing myself the room I need to have this year be my biggest year of growth yet. Pretty soon I will be giving birth to my new baby boy, God willing, and that deserves space. Space to love and care for my child,  for my husband,  for myself. Space to learn how to be a new mom. Space to see what else I want to make time for and what I want to eliminate that is no longer serving me.
So what am I doing to make sure I have a great year?
Towards the end of last year I identified how I want to feel in every aspect of my life by working through the exercises in The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms.  Now,  I’ve started reading and working through The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul  by Danielle Laporte. And I bought her insanely beautiful weekly planner, The Desire Map Planner – Weekly Edition 2017 (Limited Edition) that’s all about planning your life around how you want to feel rather than what you want to accomplish.  Poweful stuff. 

I sat with what I wanted my goals to be this year for a long time and for the first time in my life I didn’t have a thing written down by December 31st. And then suddenly they all came to me last Tuesday night. I came up with 8 of the most soulful goals I’ve ever written for myself. I’m not even sure if you can call them goals because at first glance they seem very abstract which is a big no-no in the goal setting world. But I fell in love with these goals the minute I thought of them and I thought to myself, “man, if I could make headway on these goals by the end of the year, this would be a life I would be in love with” .  And that’s my ultimate goal and the goal I want for all of you. I want us to figure out a way to end our obsession with food by replacing it with an obsession for living. I want us all to fall  in love with our lives.

So here are my 8 goals that I think will help me get to that magical place of being in love with my life.
  1.   To honor my body so that I feel connected to the earth.
  2. To study and learn what it means to truly love my husband.  (Love as a verb not just as a statement of fact)
  3. To respect and honor time and allow myself space to grow
  4. Create a beautiful space to allow me to connect with my son
  5. To practice soul keeping by learning what it means to invite God  into everything that I do
  6. To find a way to be creative in everything that I do
  7. Seek more opportunities for connection with the people in my life
  8. I want to find a way to feel more connected with my money and more creative with my spending.
 I will touch in with you guys once a month and let you know how it’s going and maybe along the way I’ll be able to provide some more measurable aspects total these goals. But for now I just want them to exist as they are , regardless of how abstract they may seem.   I hope that’s alright with you.
What are you goals for 2017?  Are they concrete goals or more about the type of way you’d like to live and feel more often?  I highly recommend you buy The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own TermsThe Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, and The Desire Map Planner – Weekly Edition 2017 (Limited Edition) to help guide you more soulful goals for 2017 and ultimately toward developing a life that you can fall in love with.  Remember: the  more obsessed we become with our lives, the room we’ll have to obsess over food.

Related posts to goal setting and yearly reflection in the New Year:

2016 Lessons Learned
How to Sustain New Habits After Your 1st Challenge
Didn’t Reach My Goal Weight but I’m Still Happy (Lessons from 2015)

Another post I enjoyed related to hibernating during this time:

Hibernating is Hard by Sarah Jenks

Check out these other posts on setting goals for the new year:

Gratitude and Goals Linky 

2 thoughts on “Why I’m still hibernating and why you should be too (plus my 8 “Soulful Goals” for 2017)

  1. Julie says:

    I think hibernation is great right now. I’m not springing into action either, just taking things slow and trying to hang in there while my life is a bit on the crazy side.
    I’d love for you to come link this up to my gratitude and goals linky.

    • FoodLove Girl says:

      Hey! Thanks for your reply. Glad you’re on team hibernate. I linked back to your post. Thanks for the invite.

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