As I said in my recap of 2013 I have a strange gut feeling that 2014 is going to be a really good year. I have no idea why I feel it, but I do. My whole approach to this year is vastly different to years gone past. I am a very goal orientated person, but as I’ve found with my monthly goals, they started to become more of a stress generator than something positive in my life.
Over the last few months I’ve had a bit of a revelation. I don’t talk too much about my spiritual side here on the blog, but it’s a part of me that is getting stronger and more developed. What I’ve come to realise is that I have always lived in the future, anticipating what is to come next, meticulously planning what I wanted to happen. That has been turned on it’s head the last few years. If you had asked me 5 years ago how my life would be now I would have said I would be living in a house with a couple of kids and probably still working in a local authority job. Well the universe has had different plans for me! Given the housing market crash, the option of us moving out of our one bed flat is out (well not impossible just highly unlikely), which of course impacts on having children, not to mention my hormonal issues. As for my job, if you had told me 5 years ago I’d be running my own business centred around healthy living I would have told you to f**k off in the same way that Seth Rogen does in Knocked Up. Thinking about 5 years ago, that was when I made the decision to get healthy and lose weight, and since I haven’t shared a before and after pic for a while here we go:
Sometimes I really need to remind myself how far I’ve come. 5 years since I started on this journey and just over 4 years since I reached a healthy weight!
So yep, life has taken rather a different path than I’d anticipated, however I look at where I am now and I’m happy. I adore our little flat, James is a truly wonderful partner in crime and there’s no hole in our lives where we need a child to fill it. If that happens then great, if not, well there’s plenty more wonderful things in life.
For the first time I can remember I have no set ‘life goals’ for 2014. I do have some smaller things on a wish list of sorts, but the focus for me this year is to live in the now and put my trust in the universe that whatever happens will happen. I have been having a look at the free Do What You Love New Year Revolution Kit for a bit of fun though. I’m not anti goals, for most people I think they are really motivational and perhaps better than the traditional resolution. I generally think that if you want something to happen you have to make it happen, but for where I am now, thinking of things in a more relaxed way is better. The time may come when I need to start being proactive on those life goals, but for this year it’s all about going with the flow. I may have to get the big guns out in 2015 though ;-)
Instead of a big goal, I’m setting a theme for 2014: ‘enjoy the ride’. That seems to encompass the way I’m feeling at the moment and the focus on living in the now and letting the future take care of itself.
Saying that, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a few little things on my wish list!
- A trip away – preferably abroad, hopefully somewhere sunny!
- More tattoos
- Build more muscle and strength
- Run 5k
- Be almost completely employed through Uniquely Healthy (eek!)
- Finish my Clinical Nutrition course
- Build my savings so I have more financial stability
- Finally get my hormonal problems fixed
The biggie there is of course the business stuff. Being almost completely employed through Uniquely Healthy (it’s likely I would still have a few hours of work in my current part time role) would be a dream come true. I have a post all about my journey developing Uniquely Healthy and the Feel Good Factory coming soon. Unlike other areas of my life, I’ve actually approached the business stuff quite differently. Apart from in the very beginning, I’ve had no set ‘master plan’, I’ve been very intuitive about what I do – the Super Conscious Living Programme is an example of that. I have no idea where that came from, it was not planned really, it just seemed to flow out of me!
Looking shorter term, like many of us I would like to refocus on my nutrition and exercise, firstly to get a bit of my sparkle back as I’m feeling energy sapped from Christmas indulgences, and yes, to be able to fit into my jeans comfortably again! The challenge for me is not to go into ‘all or nothing’ mode, something I talk about more in this months newsletter coming out next week. I also find January a very hard month generally as the combination of the post Christmas slump and the craptastic weather doesn’t do me any favours. With all that in mind my pledge for January is to Dial it up not diet!
Dialling it up for me simply means doing more of the things that add to my health and reducing the things that take away from it. I talk more about the whole concept of dialling it up in my manifesto if you have no idea what I’m on about! Basically I am going to follow along with the actions in the 12 weeks to Feeling Fabulous course as I know they work really well. At the same time I’m going to be using some of the tools from the Super Conscious Living Programme (which are similar to a couple of ones in the 12 week course) to help me stay focused. I am going to be reducing a few things back including refined sugar, cows milk dairy and some denser carbs – I’ll talk a bit about that in the January free e guide – however, I am not excluding them I am reducing them. Key difference for me right there. I’m also going to increase my workouts a little. I’m enjoying getting back into running, and without setting any unobtainable goals, it would be nice to start running once a week.
As for here on the blog January is going to be a really kick ass month, I’ve got several giveaways lined up (don’t forget to check out the giveaway I posted yesterday!) and I have loads of great stuff including super healthy recipes, practical tips and ideas and inspiration! If you are new to the blog check out my About page to find out more about me and subscribe to my free monthly newsletter to get a copy of my Alternative Healthy Living Manifesto. Don’t forget to stop by my recipe page too! You can follow me using the links below, and if you enjoy what you read here please share it with others you feel will benefit from my approach to healthy living.
I’m sure that 2014 is going to be awesome, I’m ready to make sure January is the best ever kick start for it!
Do you have any specific plans for January? What is your theme for 2014?