New Years Resolutions vs Healthy Habits
I’ve never been one to make New Years Resolution. Actually, I lie. Every year I tell myself that I’ll sort out our photos, and then the next year rolls around and I’m telling myself the same damn thing.
So instead of making ‘resolutions’ per se, I’ve decided to create some healthy habits!
For example, a traditional resolution would be to ‘get healthy’. This is pretty broad, and there are a number of different ways to measure 'healthy'.
So instead, why not start the year off with a ‘get healthy’ detox that can cleanse the body?
Here are some of my other 'traditional vs healthy habit' resolutions:
- Typical resolution: eat healthy food vs. creating a healthy habit: replace my morning coffee with a smoothie. I love to use Lemon essential oil in my green smoothie to cut through that ‘green’ taste (plus it's cleansing for your gut and full of antioxidants). You can also use Lime essential oil.
- Typical resolution: go to bed earlier vs. creating a healthy habit: write in a gratitude journal 15 minutes before bed to remind myself how lucky I am and to wind down before bed. This is the one I use.
- Typical resolution: manage stress better vs. creating a healthy habit: diffuse stress-relieving essential oils before bed every night (e.g. Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Spikenard, Vetiver etc.).
Goals and living intentionally
Goal setting.. some people hate it, others love it.
Every year I have a 'think' about what I'd like to achieve, but I never really write it down.
I've never been very 'intentional'.
But a wise lady once said:
I started a business on top of a full time job, with a toddler, and a husband who worked away a lot.
Did I plan that? Nope.
Was I prepared? No way.
Was it scary? Yep!
Is it awesome? Fuck yes!
But for the first time EVER, I actually sat down and thought about what I intended to do, even though I was in no way prepared to jump in.
So, I decided to continue with setting these 'intentions' and spend a day planning what I wanted to manifest for ABUNDANT change.
Here's how I did it:
I sat down and gave myself a couple of uninterrupted (kid free) hours to really think about what I wanted to achieve in 2018.
If you have followed me on Instagram for a while, you probably know that I get sidetracked and tend to go off on total 'shit-talking' tangents. Ha! But when it comes to goal setting, I go totally blank.
So I knew I needed a little help.
Cue... Mums With Hustle!
I purchased Tracy's Yearly Planner and Goal Setting Guide, mainly because the product spiel just got me:
I mean come on, this was made for me!!!
It took me through the 'goal setting' process, step-by-step, and made me really focus on what I needed to do, to get to where I needed to go.
I then created a Google Calendar with my hubby, Tom, and we inputted lots of 'checkpoints' along the way, to make sure we are constantly reminding ourselves of where we want to go.
If you struggle to set goals, or just don't know where to start, I highly recommend getting this guide as it's a great starting point!
If you don’t follow Lucia de Mello on Instagram, then you should – she’s one inspiring Mama!
In a recent Instagram post, she talks about having a ‘word’ for 2018, which she has inspired me to adopt.
Lu’s word for 2017 was ‘Courage’ and her word for 2018 is ‘Alignment’, which I absolutely love! I’m all about finding that alignment and balance and it’s definitely something I’ve tried to work on in the past few months.
Lu then spoke about having 'sub-words', that go hand in hand with her 2018 focus.
I thought this was an awesome way to stay on track, and it inspired me to create my vision board not only around the goals I had set, but around some key words that would be added assurance of staying focused throughout the year.
You will see an image of my Vision Board above. Not pretty, but exactly what I need it to be!
I’ve decided that for me, 2018 is the year of ‘Empowerment’. I have really tried to take control of my relationships, career and general direction recently and in turn, have felt a sense of empowerment that I've never felt before.
I want that to continue in 2018, and my goal is to empower as many people as possible to achieve their goals and motivate them to take control of their family’s health.
Do you have a word for 2018? Did you have one for 2017? Did it keep you focused throughout the year? Feel free to send me an email as I’d love to hear from you!