Le Nouvel An, soyez vous !
Raise a hand if your New Year resolutions often include the word “less”. Less carbs, less drinking, less ice cream, lose x amount of weight, less Netflix, etc. If almost every single item on your list is about less, what does that say about your outlook on your life? Even if you're not a fan of New Year resolutions, you probably feel some pressure to reset on January 1. I know I do. In fact, I quite look forward to it. But throughout the years, I’ve changed my approach to how I set myself up for these changes. In the past, I would often take the approach of ‘less’. Unsurprisingly, my success rates weren’t very high. And I’d always feel this underlying sense of failure. It wasn't until recently that I started realizing how unrealistic and unnecessary some of my expectations were; so I decided to switch it up. I started becoming more open-minded and inviting more into my life instead of less. I read a quote on Instagram once that said...
...it couldn't be more fitting. Why do we so definitively want to lose things that bring joy to our lives? Doesn’t it make more sense to work on moderation so that we can still enjoy these things once in a while?
Shift your mindset
Instead of focusing on what you want to lose this new year, how about you shift your mindset and think about what you want to GAIN. Want to you want to invite more of into your life? Create a list that reflects the abundance you want to see. More healthy plant based foods, more reading, more music, more money for travel, more compassion for yourself, more time for creative outlets. Destroy the illusion of perfection that holds us back from creating new possibilities. Fall in love with yourself and your life, one day at a time.