Happy New Year friends!
Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything longer than an Instagram caption or tweet. I’m back…MAYBE! Totally TBD at this point. Selfishly making this public to keep myself accountable in 2018. Anyhow, let me start out by saying, that I’m not really one for setting New Year’s resolutions. The pure set up of calling something a New Year’s resolution feels like it’s set out to fail before it even begins. With that being said, I am goal oriented and I do feel it’s important to set intentions for yourself.
Resolutions vs Intentions
I know what many of you are going to say, what the heck is the difference? Resolutions have always felt very “pass or fail” to me. That’s a lot of pressure, which is why so many people start their “get healthy” or “lose weight” resolutions by joining a gym in January and stop going by February. They feel this intense pressure and just give up, or even worse, never get started. Intentions are “guiding principle for how you want to be, live, and show up in the world”. They can lead to lifestyle changes and not just checking things off a list.
Before I jump into 2018…here’s what succeeded in 2017
My core intention last year was to put myself and my happiness first even when change was scary. This came to life in three major ways last year – which I’ve recapped below.
- Move to LA – This was the highlight of my 2017. I realized that I was anticipating my life away in Chicago. In Chicago, the weather is BLAH and quite frankly more days then not are just gloomy. This leaves you in a constant state of waiting and wanting better days to come. So those better days came, when I decided to be brave and make the move to sunny Los Angeles, where weather is never your excuse but often times your inspiration.
- Project be my healthiest self- After losing my mom 3 years ago, I really wanted to focus on my health. I became obsessed with Peleton cycle classes and had a trainer for 6+ months until he became a creep. I also really focused on cutting out a lot of unnecessary things from my diet. This all led to me losing 32 lbs last year which was awesome!
- Get toxic energy out of my life – I left a work environment that was incredibly toxic, for a company that got me to LA and focuses on company culture. I’m grateful that this new role got me out of a very negative environment and also got me to the new home of my dreams. Opportunities come into our lives for a reason. Whether they are life long or momentary – we have to grab them when they come our way.
- Be more present in the moment. I spend more time then I would like to admit with my attention on my phone. Scrolling for no particular purpose. Facebook was a massive time suck – so I’ve already signed off on my phone. Being in LA has definitely helped me enjoy moments and my surroundings more.
- Continue to work towards optimum health + wellness physically, mentally and emotionally. All around – I just want to be the best me. I want to continue to be stronger all around. Physically I want to keep pushing to get to the best shape of my life. Mentally I want to focus on the positive and always have my eye on the prize professionally. Emotionally I want to be stronger…ultimately it’s not me…it’s them ha 🙂
- Get comfortable, being uncomfortable. What I mean by this, is that I need to just get out of my shell and do some of the things that scare me. Things as simple as dining alone. I don’t know what is it, ok I do, I’m a wuss. Something about dining alone totally freaks me out. Bringing Maizy helps some though but I want to do more of that this year. I may end up being single forever so I better start getting comfortable dating myself haha.
- Make meaningful connections. Being new to a city, this late in the game (cough::35::cough) is definitely different. Friendships are so important to me so I want to make sure I find great people out there. Thankfully there is an app for that ha…no really. I’ve already met some great people while I’ve been here and I look forward to building friendships and bonds along the way
- Get my family to visit Los Angeles. My grandma is going to be the toughest one to get out here. My sister and her family are game. I know my niece and nephew will love a new adventure. Fingers crossed.
- Continue to fine tune and expand professional skills. I always want to be better. The further I go in my career the more I learn about what I want, what makes me happy and what I’m great at.
- Find a way to give back that genuinely helps others. When push comes to shove I want everyone to have moments of happiness in life. I want to be able to help bring that to some people. Just have to find the right cause to get involved with.
I’ll be using this list throughout the year to check in and keep myself on track. If you set intentions, I’d love to hear them! If you need an accountability partner – let me know, I’m here to help 🙂