READY TO TAKE ON 2016.
Something about this year feels different (in a way that no other year has). This year I feel a little more clear and intentional regarding my emotions, stance on relationships, as well as goals and objectives. I'm more equipped (with an arsenal of resources in my back pocket) to reach my goals. Listed below are a few resources/tips I don't mind sharing. Hopefully some of them will prove to be helpful.
1. Daily planner
This is a great way to keep track of meetings, dates, appointments etc. Sometimes iCalendar is not enough. On Sunday I need to be able to look at my events for the upcoming week. I LOVE my new planner. Snagged it at the Marshall's downtown on Pratt Street for $8.
2. Gym Membership
Merritt Athletic Club ran a New Year membership deal for $1. Can you believe that? ONE DOLLAR! Normally you have to swipe damn near the amount of a mortgage payment for a deposit. Anywayz, DH (darling husband) and I are super excited to start using the membership. We have a universal pass that allows us to work out at any of their facilities in this area. More than likely I'll use either the Downtown or Canton locations.
And the facilities...I'm talking about an indoor track, pool, sauna, towel service, all types of classes, basketball courts, free weights, boxing and racket ball areas... the whole works. I have two months to drop a few pounds before a super exotic vacation. The real goal is to get my body tight for Summer 2016 and to also use the gym as a stress reliever.
I've never realized the power of meditation and yoga until now. A few summers ago (I call it my summer of FUNemployment) I signed up for a 30-day unlimited Yoga membership with Charm City Yoga. At least 2-3 mornings during the week I took hot vinyasa. When I say the sweat glistened and poured down my body... I mean JUST that! Hot vinyasa is a low impact method of exercise that incorporates breathing techniques, positions for proper body alignment, and 85 degree heat. I LOVED every minute of it. One of my clients, the Orange-moon , offers yoga/meditation classes at Nuehouse in New York. I think I'll make a trip.
Sidebar: I also suggest cleansing. The Orange Moon offers a strict 21-day detox program that drastically improves your health, increases energy, improves digestion, reduces weight, and eliminates toxins through a cocktail of natural herbs and raw eating.
4. Voice recorded memos
You is smart, you is kind, you is important! (hehehe) I mean it doesn't have to be that simple or inarticulate, but voice recorded memos are just what I need throughout the day to keep me motivated. For my birthday, a few of my closest friends wrote down their thoughts and feelings about our friendship. The notes were BEAUTIFUL and super sincere! If you have an iPhone, then you have the voice memo app. Write a script (focus on the things you need to hear daily), press record, and replay when necessary. For example you can start with something like, "You are innovative and worthy of a promotion. You are a master of your craft." Tell the little person inside of you whatever they need to hear in order to feel fulfilled. Might sound crazy, but hey it's worth a try.
Find you a good therapist! Most jobs have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that'll allow 3-4 counseling sessions (provided you find a therapist within their network). Start there! Sometimes our biggest challenge is getting out of our own way. Therapy allows you an environment to speak your truth and hear it out loud; it provides a place for you to be authentic and honest.
6. Massages and relaxation
About Faces Spa -Canton! I usually go for the 45 minute custom massage. I tend to carry stress in my shoulders and lower back, so a massage every other month helps peel off layers of tension. Hopefully one day I won't need it. Hopefully one day I will have reached optimal zen lol.
7. Word Jar
This year I decided to do something a little different. I have this cute mason jar (thanks @cassandranvincent 😘) and inside are words, phrases, goals, destinations, and many of my heart's desires written on pieces of paper. I prayed over this jar (literally prayed over it) and screwed on the lid (not to be opened before 12/31/16). The thing I realized is that God can't be contained. He can't be contained to our small minds, our journals, and even this jar. The things I mentioned in this jar are soooo tiny compared to what God can do to us, for us, and to the people in our lives. Through obedience, meditation, praise, listening, comprehension, action and an intentional relationship with Him, I know He can pop the lid OFF this jar (in more ways than my tiny brain can conceptualize). 2016 is gonna be lit! I'm thanking you humbly in advance.
You earned those vacation days, use them! Now taking a vacation is something I've never had an issue with. In 2016 I want to work on not taking vacation as a means of vacating reality. HUGE ISSUE! We tend to live a lot more simple when we go away. Only relying on the money we've allotted for said trip, using the materials and items we've packed, walking and lazily going about our day and enjoying the earth and beauty of the world. I come back from vacation refreshed and ready to approach life with the same "less in more/let's not stress" attitude.
My first book of the year is The Daniel Plan! I'm almost certain its a spiritually-based book (my mom's suggestion). But from what I gather, it'll be a great resource and/or tool to connect all of the pieces in my life. PHYSICAL + SPIRITUAL + MENTAL +EMOTIONAL I'm super excited to start the book. My mother told me to have chapters 1 and 2 read by this weekend. Let me start reading today.