2018: Get Ready.
New Year, new you, right? We were inspired by Ella's (Girl Meets Lex) #BeBetter2018 movement and have kickstarted a few of our resolutions early. See what Anna and I are changing up now and on to 2018!
B E I N G P R E S E N T:
I’m human and this is a constant struggle for me. In the New Year, I hope to set down my phone, put out of mind the other things I’ve got whirling around in my head and focus on where I’m at, what I’m doing and what I’m experiencing in the moment. Whether it be when I’m spending time with friends + simultaneously checking Instagram, or while I’m on vacation and feel the need to capture every bit of it so I can post it to my IG story (which, let’s be honest, I will probably still do sometimes). In 2018, I’d like to force myself to just be there in that moment and store some of it in my personal memory bank instead.
P O S I T I V E S E L F - T A L K:
Any other Virgo babes out there? Because as Virgos, we’re typically our own harshest critics. If you aren’t a Virgo, I assume you’re human since you’re reading this, so you’ve probably done the same. I’m talking about falling victim to frequent negative self-talk. It’s SO real and SO counterproductive. In the age of social media, it’s easier than ever to look at others on social platforms and compare yourself. I know it’s wrong, I know that everything I tell myself is false, that I’m comparing myself to the social media version of an actual human being who’s facing their own daily hurdles, but I find myself doing it anyways.
The solution? I’ll start by reminding myself that I am loved, I am amazing in my own way, I have my own strengths and that no one is as perfect as I make them out to be in my head. Maybe I’ll bring some more honesty to the IG too? And hey! Working out frequently helps me significantly. I leave a class at the gym knowing that I’ve done something that day to nourish my body, mind & spirit, and it helps me love myself a lot more through the day. Also, peep @bodypositivememes on IG. She’s a real G.
D A I L Y M E D I T A T I O N:
No fancy music or pose necessary. I typically make time to meditate a few days a week, but I’d like to make this a daily practice. I’m always able to approach the day with a clear mind and an open heart when I set aside a mere ten minutes to do so. When I meditate, it’s as simple as sitting silently + comfortably on my couch, closing my eyes. First, all of my thoughts are spinning in my head, rushing in and out. I try to allow these thoughts to approach, rather than being angry that my mind isn’t yet clear. I need a solid few minutes to allow this to happen. When these thoughts approach, I let them sit there and picture myself swiping them out of my mental screen (yes, like I’m closing out of all the apps on my iPhone, so millennial of me). I remain this way, until there is nothing left and I can just sit as a blank slate, open to limitless possibilities and to whatever Mother Earth may have in store for me that day.
Sometimes I wrap up my meditation feeling that I’m a meditation guru, other days I have a more difficult time letting go of mental chaos. That’s ok. I don’t try to perfect my meditation, I just try to remain willing to do it and I feel that that’s the most important part. Meditation is a journey of mindfulness, never a destination. Does meditation intimidate you like it used to intimidate me? Download the Headspace app.
T I M E L I N E S:
This one is a real kicker that I refuse to throw the towel in for. But as much as I refuse, I still find that I subconsciously tell myself where I should be, how I should be and what I should be doing “there”. What I’m really talking about is the, I’m twenty-something and should have this accomplished, should be in a relationship that looks like this, should be focused on this, blah, blah, blah. NO. These “timelines” that have been shaped by society are total bush (new slang created by Katie, short for: bullshit, pronounced boosh).
These societal pressures aren’t helpful, they’re harmful, and only affect me as much I allow them to. They take away from the beauty of the journey I’m on. MY JOURNEY. Just like yours is yours, it doesn’t need to look like “theirs”. I try to focus on the fact that I’m precisely where I should be at this very moment, as that is where the Universe has placed me. In 2018, I hope that by staying present and focusing on daily meditation, this bush won’t just fall to the wayside, I’ll put it there.
M O R E H O B B I E S ,
L E S S N E T F L I X:
Do I love Netflix more than most things? Yes. Do I consider it a hobby? No. Roughly six months ago, I was asked what I enjoyed doing. All I could say was Netflix, work, hanging with my gal pals and working out. Which is partially false, because I really didn’t enjoy working out at that time. I love to work, (holla at my fellow Virgos again!) but I don’t feel that that’s a significant answer for what I like to do in my free time. This was actually a very sad moment for me. I have always considered myself a creative. Growing up, I would stay up all night crafting and painting, flexing this imaginative muscle of mine. As I’ve gotten older, I realize that I tell myself “No” a lot. Like, “No, you can’t do this” Or, “No, you don’t know how to do this” or even better, “No, this isn’t who you are”. Uhm, really? Who am I to restrict myself in these ways? Since then, I’ve started telling myself, “Yes”.
On a semi-secretive level, I’ve taken some trips to thrift stores and have embarked on a journey to deconstruct these pieces and create them into something entirely different. Right now, I’m starting with baby steps, by taking in a dress, hemming it and adding some additional bling. You’ve gotta start somewhere, right? How will I ever learn if I don’t allow myself to try? I try to devote a few hours each week to sketching designs. They aren’t perfect, they definitely aren’t always pretty, and I’m sure they aren’t technically correct, but I enjoy it and that’s all that matters. I’ve kept these things pretty secretive because they’re very personal ambitions that took me years to allow myself to entertain. I don’t want to approach them with the need for validation from others or likes on Insta, I just want to explore them for the wholeness of my soul. In 2018, tell yourself, “Y E S!”
C L E A N E A T I N G:
So, I have to be honest...I usually get annoyed when people have resolutions centered around dieting. I don't know if it's just that it seems so cliche, if it's because so few people actually stick to it, or if it's because I think there are so many things we can improve other than our bods. However, I have come to notice a very direct correlation between what I put into my body and my mental clarity. I have started with small changes this month- more fresh fruits and veggies, fewer processed foods, and the like. I already notice a change in the way that I feel. I am more motivated, focused, and mentally available.
Come 2018, I have a full plan. For those who don't know, I was vegetarian for about a year. I think there are so many advantages to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle (not killing and eating a living creature, eco friendly, sustainable, good for your body), but it's not something I can fully commit to at this time. So, starting in January, I will be eating clean, and I'll be skipping out on meat on Mondays and Wednesdays. Meatless Mondays is already a thing, and I figured I could easily handle one more day. I've also done Raw Till 4, in which you only eat raw foods until 4pm every day. It was the leanest I have ever been, but it's a definitely a challenge. I am shooting for April and May to be RT4 months. If anyone is interested in going meatless or raw with me, I'd be glad to have a friend!
M E D I T A T I O N +
M A N I F E S T I N G:
I want to add to Anna's daily meditation resolution. Though I don't meditate every day, I have been striving to be more mindful and focused as of late. I think having quiet time to reflect and think is absolutely vital for humans. I believe that manifesting goes hand in hand with meditation. Currently, I have been making a list of the things I want about once every two weeks. That alone can allow you to make decisions more intentionally and can provide insight into your own wants and needs. However, manifesting is so much more than list writing.
As I was cooking dinner today, I listed to Gabby Bernstein's episode of Girlboss Radio. She said something that really struck a chord with me. "That's the key to manifesting. Assume the energy of what it is you want to create and allow it to come to you." Wow. I had an experience like this about a month ago during one of my (countless) drives. Rather than mindlessly turning on music or a podcast, I decided I would think about things that I want and I would repeat them to myself. To be honest, it was a little uncomfortable at the start, but I just kept repeating. It was almost a spiritual experience. Gabby says we need to experience the feeling of whatever it is we want before it becomes a reality. Imagine what it feels like to get that promotion. Imagine what it feels like to score that client. Imagine what it feels like to kill that presentation, to make an impact... whatever it is, feel it first, and then let your energy attract it.
It might sound wild, but this is powerful stuff. I think we are all capable of creating and accomplishing whatever it is that we desire; we just need to know what it feels like. So, in 2018, I will make this process a part of my daily routine.
E X E R C I S E:
Another cliche resolution, but this one is so real. When I exercise, I am happier, more grounded, and have the energy to accomplish so much more. Things like eating right and exercising help me develop a daily routine, which I have found is integral to my productivity. There is no better feeling than waking up early, making a cup of coffee, setting an intention for the day, getting in a quick 30 minute work out, showering, and prepping meals...all before 8am.
I've started by making some small changes, like 15 minutes of interval training first thing in the morning. In January, I plan to commit to a more intensive daily routine! If anyone in Lou needs a work out buddy (and likes to work out around 6am), I'm your girl!
C O N N E C T I N G W I T H
N A T U R E:
This is something that I used to prioritize, and it was so intensely therapeutic. I would take walks, go on hikes with my dog, and quite literally chase waterfalls. Being in nature...actually being in nature, listening to the sounds, touching the earth, and not just doing it for the 'gram... is so refreshing and really resets me mentally. It's something that has been put on the back burner since I started my business and I feel my body crave it. In 2018 (and once it's not 30 degrees outside, ha) I will make time for it.
R E A D I N G M O R E:
Last one! I've never been someone who binge watches show after in show. In fact, I think my vice is much more shameful: app hopping. It can be really difficult for someone who works in social media to do the whole "don't pick up your phone" thing, because that's a part of my job. However, there comes a time when I find myself caught in a vicious cycle of opening, browsing, and closing apps with absolutely no purpose. That's when it's time to put the phone down and pick up a fucking book.
I'd like to read a minimum of one book per month. Easy enough, right? I'm currently reading Julia Pimsleur's Million Dollar Women and it's got some great advice on how to become one of the just 3% of women whose companies exceed the $1 million mark. (Ladies, we can do better than that!) I just might be working on ideas for TWO new businesses in which these tips will come in handy. Stay tuned!
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