New Years Eve
As the year draws to an end, I like to take some time to reflect on the past twelve months and what I would like to achieve in the new year. Over the years I’ve realised New Years resolutions are almost always unrealistic and we expect so much of ourselves to change from Dec 31st - Jan 1st. It’s like we expect to wake up a whole new person on the first day of every year. A person who will work out everyday, eat healthy, go on more holidays, take time out for themselves, spend less time on their phones, and live every day as if its their last. When in reality, that lifestyle lasts (if you’re lucky) until the end of January. You then find yourself slumming it out on the couch in front of Netflix eating a bag of potato tots cause your diet starts on Monday, staring into that little black screen stalking instagram influencers who moved to Bali, purchasing clothes you’ll never wear but hashtagging self care because it makes you feel better. Sound familiar? This was how I felt in January 2018.
I realised how unrealistic these goals were and decided to try spreading my goals out over the year. This was how my year looked:
February: Searched for a job and booked a holiday.
March: Found job and went to Bali.
April - June: Settled into my new job and start researching health improvement ideas.
July: Started acupuncture, chiro, and continued search.
August: Mini holiday to the Gold Coast, started reading books again.
September - October: Planned blog content, trialled products, started yoga, ate healthier, and improved myself at work.
November: Mini holiday to melbourne, designed website.
December: Returned to my roots of what makes me ME, spent time with friends and family, read a lot of books, did things outside of my comfort zone, and released my blog.
As you can see, I managed to complete most of the new year's resolutions over the 12 months. It was much easier to break things up and take the time to invest in doing them properly rather than expecting myself to change overnight. We already have enough to stress about without piling our own expectations on top of it.
The most important lesson I learnt this year was acceptance. I learned to accept myself and the changes that I have no control over in my life and body. It was hard and honestly, I’m still learning but its a daily goal for me to take things as they come. I have spent too much of my life worrying over things that I have no control over and at 26 it’s finally hit me that some things I have absolutely no control over and some things just aren’t worth my time or energy.
As the year draws to an end tonight, or if you’re reading this in the new year (even if it’s October 2020), remember that you are one person and you don’t have to improve overnight. Take the time to invest in your growth, in becoming the person you want to be. Just remember that it might not happen overnight, in one month, or in one year. It takes time and a whole lot of effort to change habits. Spread it out, make it happen, and never give up on improving who you are.
Happy New Year!
A few highlights from 2018
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