Hello, hello, everyone! I hope you all made it through January as strong as you started. I’m proud of you!
This post is probably coming a few days later than I would have liked, but honestly, I was struggling to figure out what I wanted to share. I would love to write for days about the things that I’m doing to make my life more purposeful and meaningful, but it’s a process for me just like it is for you. People don’t want to read about my amazing (lol, not really) success at reaching a goal this month (which I did, btw-3 intentional workout days/week and mo money in da bank). Woo-celebration for me!
How are ya’ll doing?
I met my goal, now what?
End your January by taking a “me day”. That is, a day that revolves around your own well being without sending the progress that you have worked so hard for in the completely opposite direction. If your goal was nutrition, don’t reward yourself with a brownie. If your goal was money, don’t go blow it all just because you have extra left. If your goal was more positive vibes, don’t allow yourself to slip away from what you have already worked your ASS off to achieve. Most people let go of their plans within the first couple of weeks of the new year. You weren’t that number, and that’s a celebration in itself.
My “me day” consisted of waking up later than usual. Not getting out of bed, and shamelessly drinking hot tea and reading chapter after chapter of a book from the 90s, a solid foot soak, and a stay at home pedicure with a nice face mask. Nothing wreaked of relaxation quite like me. I put my phone aside, I didn’t allow myself to get sucked into T.V. (although, there are some excellent shows on the flix right now.)
Your “me day” can be whatever you want it to be so long as you don’t derail yourself. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Acknowledge that you have taken some of the first steps to better yourself and increase your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing and allow yourself to be happy about it. And lastly, bask in the glory that is you.
So what if I didn’t meet my goal?
Simply try it again, but try it in a different way. If it’s interest you lack, keep searching for something that interests you. Maybe that even becomes your goal for February. As long as you are doing something to work toward your self-improvement, who cares how long it takes for you to figure out your groove. Just don’t quit searching for it, even if you feel like the answer isn’t anywhere close. Search high and low, ask around, TRY something new.
Pro tip: Don’t beat yourself up. I personally believe the harder you are on yourself when something did not go as planned, the less desirable finding a solution is going to feel. Acknowledge that you didn’t do what you needed or wanted to do, ask yourself why, and answer it by finding the solution and being proud that you’re still in the game.
F is for February
As you’re sitting there wondering what your February goals might be, consider allowing them to build off of what you have already created. You’ve spent 31 days building a foundation, or at the very least, getting it started. For me, this month is going to be all about educating myself on nutrition and learning how certain foods influence and interact with the body while also maintaining 3 intentional exercise days/week and continuing to add more money to my savings.
To reach that goal, I have been doing some research on the best textbooks (yes, actual college-preferred textbooks) that lack a specific dietary agenda. If you are a Kindle person, Amazon often offers you a chance to preview a text before you buy it, see if it would be worth it, see if you understand it, and most of all, allow you to find benefit in your purchase. In my Kindle library, I currently have one sample of a book that I have found to be SUPER informative and unbiased, not to mention easy to read for those of us who don’t have science brains. Find the Complete Food & Nutrition Guide here.
It’s my goal to read this and even take notes on the things that I find interesting and that may merit more research. This also means I get to experiment with new foods…YES. Maybe even create a newfound love for cooking? I’ll keep you all posted.
What are your February goals?