Happy 2016! It’s hard to believe that the new year is already in full swing! Are you someone that makes resolutions? Do you stick with them all year or do you give up after a month, maybe even a couple days? I’m not a big resolution person, mostly because of the negative connotations with sticking through with them. Instead, I like to think about my goals for the year. What do I want to accomplish? Where do I want to spend more of my time? How do I want my life to look? Where is there room to grow?
Something that I heard about this year was setting a theme for the year. A word or mantra to guide the year. So many things came to mind that it was hard to figure out where I wanted my focus to me. Thank goodness I accidentally came across Yoga Camp and one of the first days’ mantras was “I Create”. It just felt right. I want a year where I Create the life I want to live….
I create…. A Year of No Promised Tomorrows. This one does not exactly roll of the tongue so simply, but what it is really about for me is living in the moment and appreciating how short life is. 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of my mom’s death. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed without her, sometimes it feels like just yesterday, the pain still raw. At the time, I did not have anyone in my life that really understood what it was like to experience that kind of loss, and I ended up losing friendships because they just didn’t understand what I was going through and couldn’t tolerate that I was different in my grief. Sometimes when I think about it, it seems crazy that one event could so forever change a person at the core. Over the years, I’ve met more people my age that have experienced tremendous loss – parents, significant others, miscarriages, young children – some of whom I was with they experienced their loss. Sometimes, I have moments when I’m thankful for what I experienced, as it has helped me better understand and support others in their grief. So this year is in large part dedicated to the idea that none of our tomorrows are ever promised. Our life and the lives of those we care about is not guaranteed beyond the present moment. We can look at that as either terrifying, or take full advantage of each moment we have. I’m choosing the latter.
Make eye contact. Smile at strangers. Hug those you love and tell them how you feel. Be sad when you are sad and happy when you feel joy. Move your body more and experience all that it can do. Fuel your body with nutrients that make you feel alive. Indulge in things with no nutritional value because it’s good for the soul. Do what you love – even if it’s hard or scary. Be present to yourself and to your loved ones. Take advantage of every moment you have RIGHT NOW.
I will workout all 366 days of this glorious leap year to feel alive and grounded in my body. I will create financial stability, gain freedom from debt, and help others do the same. I will create better health in body and mind and help others do the same. I will create time to reflect. I will create time to CREATE. I will create a life that I love. I will create stronger relationships. I will create more focus on the present moment and being still.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more of what “I Create…” will look like this year. I’d love to hear about YOUR mantra for the year is and walk alongside you in support as we create an amazing and life-filled year ahead. Please reach out if any of this speaks to you and/or if I can help you in any way!
Sending love and light,