I had this grandiose vision about living in balance with vulnerability in alignment with what matters, and connected to something greater.
Wow, what a mouthful!
Those were some mighty goals that I had set for myself. Actually, I think those are more of my north star guideposts — they’ll continue to inspire my existence forever.
So while it’s great to have these north stars as guidance, they’re rendered useless without a plan to get me there. New behaviors take practice. Having some sort of outline to set the parameters for a new path can be incredibly useful.
Take living in alignment with what matters most…
For me, it’s self expression — my own, and inspiring others to tap into theirs. My plan to help get me there is to continue posting here regularly. Along with fine-tuning my styling business so it’s more accessible for others to try. (I’ve got big plans for this, and will definitely be posting updates as it unfolds.)
Then there’s the parenting component to this goal of living in alignment with what matters most. To help guide M + GL into being their best expressions, I can listen closer when they speak, watch them more attentively when they ask, and give them their space to formulate their own identities. I know it sounds simple, but trust me — this sometimes-distracted-working-mom is not always as tuned in, or mindful as I’d like. Small steps…
Now that we’re halfway through January, it’s a nice time to reassess your plans for the year. If being 20 lbs lighter is part of your vision, awesome! How will you do it? Exercise 3 times a week? Go gluten free? What’s your plan to get there? Maybe you could suss out 3 new gluten free recipes a week to try. Or commit to Soul Cycle every Wednesday at 8am. Be super specific about what you can do. And please make it do-able within your lifestyle.
As I develop my business, I need to be realistic about my time — I’m a mom. I also work freelance for other people. I exercise daily. And I need to take care of all the tasks that make our home run smooth. I can’t work on my business 24 /7 as some entrepreneurs may do. Or even 40 hours a week as most full-timers do. I’ve created a schedule that’s realistic for my lifestyle. It’s an honest appraisal of how many hours I can really work on my stuff.
Also, kindness and compassion (for others and ourselves) is key.
Because at the end of the day…life will get in the way while we’re busy making plans.
What are your resolutions or aspirations for 2015?