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?
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.
- To honor my body so that I feel connected to the earth.
- To study and learn what it means to truly love my husband. (Love as a verb not just as a statement of fact)
- To respect and honor time and allow myself space to grow
- Create a beautiful space to allow me to connect with my son
- To practice soul keeping by learning what it means to invite God into everything that I do
- To find a way to be creative in everything that I do
- Seek more opportunities for connection with the people in my life
- 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.