Hi everyone – Happy New Year to all! I hope the past month was filled with little moments of pure joy.
We all know January is basically the month we are supposed to reinvent ourselves. I have been thinking heavily about this the past few days, and I feel like this can cause some unnecessary pressure and stress. Just because the clock strikes midnight doesn’t mean we need to all of a sudden turn into health-nut who has their entire life together. It just doesn’t work like that. My motto: slow and steady, always wins.
I think the idea of resetting is incredible. I believe the new year reminds us of the remarkable fact we can make our lives what we want them to be. We can dream. We can plan. We can execute. But, my point is – you don’t need a New Year to do that. You can do that any day of the year. You can restart and reset in an hour or tomorrow morning. It isn’t an “all or nothing” thing. I think resolutions kind of give us that feeling that it has to be all or nothing, which is why most of our resolutions don’t make it past February because we put so much pressure on ourselves that this year needs to be perfect (especially after 2020). I am here to remind you it doesn’t need to be perfect to be great. This is why I set monthly goals.
I hope by now, you know I am a dreamer. Frequently, in fairy-tale land, so I’m all for writing down what you want out of this year, all of your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. I did. I even wrote what I wish past this year. Setting monthly goals breaks your bigger goals down – think of it like building blocks. Each month you are building on your dreams/goals. It creates long-lasting habits and continual motivation. I highly encourage you to take your bigger goals (or resolutions if you will) to make smaller monthly goals to work toward. You won’t feel added pressure or stress, but you will feel accomplishment.
Let’s dive in, shall we?!
I usually write my intentions first. My intentions are three words I choose to live by this month.
Write your three words down and put them somewhere; you see them every day. This is an excellent reminder for you and keeps them at the forefront of your mind throughout the month. It is great to have a mindful reminder. These three words can be anything you want to achieve, work on, remember to do, etc.
My three words this month are:
Forward: I’m looking ahead – excited for the year. It’s time to stop dwelling on things I cannot change.
Consistency: I think everything good in life revolves around being consistent. You aren’t ever going to feel motivated all the time but keep going. I love the quote that talks about never giving up on what you want because the time is going to pass anyway.
Reset: I did indulge over the holidays, which I’m not mad about, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but it’s gotten to the point where I feel sluggish. So, it’s time to return to my routine of eating balanced and drinking more H20.
My January goals are:
- Write. I want to write my little heart out. I dream of writing a book, so I am going to start working on that this month or at least ideating.
- Slow down. I’ve noticed I always jump to conclusions or react right away, or constantly feel rushed. I will focus on taking my time, counting to 10 in my head before I react, etc.
- Movement every day. One thing I really missed throughout the holidays, which was my fault, is life got hectic, and I wasn’t working out. My goal is to move for at least ten minutes a day. We are starting small and just creating a constant habit. I purchased a workout program that 10 min – 45 min workouts, and I am so excited!
What are your goals? I genuinely hope you have a beautiful 2021.
Let’s do this! xo
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”