Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2010! 

I look at this blog and think...okay your last post was October 2009!  You can imagine the rest of that thought - but I am not even going to type the words.  I will not let myself "go there" as they say.

With that said, as with any New Year the promise of a fresh start smells as sweet as the holiday goodies we have enjoyed in the recent month.

Generally the New Year brings promises of losing weight, exercising more, stopping smoking, eating better, spending more time with the family - fundamentally any good intention.  The usual suspects.  Now, what if we did something as simple as changing our thinking from a resolution to commitment?  A commitment to liking and loving ourselves to take action in areas where we want to make changes. What would that look like?  How would it feel?

Indulge me in this thought: liking and loving ourselves leads to those well intended January resolutions.

When we like and love ourselves, naturally our patterns of thinking begin to shift.  We want to exercise, we want to quit smoking, we want to call a relative or friend (regardless of the passage of time) and reconnect without attachment to outcome or timelines.  We want to do it (whatever it might be) because it feels right.  It feels right because we like doing something for the self.  We like being nice to the self.  We want to do it because we are worth the investment both physically and mentally.  And last I heard hedonism was in!  A little twist on the topic here - think about adding to your want list a pedicure, spa visit, a quiet bath, time to read a book or dance around your living room - anything that recharges you, that feeds your soul/spirit.  It isn't always about the waist line or diet!

Go out and take the first step toward whatever it is you want in the New Year - no matter how small!  Remove timelines and pressure, go have fun, you'll be amazed at the results.

Happy New You!

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