This year I wanted to do something a little different in the way of my New Years Resolution. Every year I have something that’s measurable and what I believe to be do-able! Every year I only complete maybe one of my goals. They’re also always very similar (weight loss, new language, read ___ books, some kind of charity.) I usually accomplish the weight loss goal but gain it all back before the end of the year, I read a lot but never keep track of what I read and always wait til December to do our Charity so it always ends up being the same one. THIS YEAR, I said, THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT! It’s been two months and I’ve already been terrible at keeping track of my goals! Here they are and here’s how I will NOW start to keep on track with them:
C.A.R.E. (yes I made a short acronym for them to help me keep track of them-step one.)
Compassionate- I’ve been reading ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ because I’m notorious for doing exactly that…ALL OF THE TIME! The thing that has stood out to me most is compassion. ‘It involves the willingness to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to take the focus off yourself and to imagine what it’s like to be in someone else’s predicament, and simultaneously, to feel love for that person.’-Richard Carlson
Active-My ultimate goal is to lose 40 lbs. I’ve lost 36lbs since giving birth but I still have a long way to go. By being active for at least 20 mins/day (beyond baby wrangling and cleaning) I hope to not only burn some cals but to release some tension. I’m always happier when I exercise!
Relaxed-Breath in. Thank you. Breath out. I love you. This is my mantra for relaxing. I’ve not yet been successful at meditating but it does help when I stop and breathe and say these words. I also do my nails or color a coloring book to calm down when I notice myself getting snippy or my mind overflowing.
Encouraging- I have so many wonderful people in my life that are SO AWESOME and need to be told. I think sometimes people just need to be told how great they are because they’re not seeing it in themselves. I’m often quite honest when I think someone can’t achieve their goals and I’ll make an ‘eh’ face when I NEED to be encouraging them! There is no reason to be anything but encouraging to the ones I love.
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