I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season so far, and here’s to an extra happy New Year! Below you’ll find my reflections from the past year along with goals/intentions for the New Year. But first I’d like ask you a couple questions!
- What would you like to see more of on the blog in the upcoming year, (recipe recommendations are always welcome!)?
- How has your year been, and what’s your goals/intentions for the New Year?
We’ve had a whirlwind of a year in the best of ways. Our main goal was to sell our house this year and downsize a bit. But I don’t think either of us had a clue just how involved that would end up being.
But like most things in life, it takes hard work to accomplish most anything. We wouldn’t change a thing though because anytime you try and make a big change, things can get a bit crazy for a time.
As we move towards the New Year, I have some thoughts on how I’d like to spend my time in the upcoming year. Life is unpredictable to say the least, but I always like to have some goals and intentions that I know I can accomplish.
You can look back to my last year’s 10 Intentional Habits for the New Year. That list is packed with things I’ll be working on the rest of my life for sure. I’ve made great progress on some of the ten, and others definitely need some work!
So first off, I want to continue to do yoga every single day in 2019. I know this sounds like a lot, but I’m just now coming to the end of doing yoga every day in 2018, with the exception of 4 days that I missed. And I have to say, it’s been nothing short of revolutionary for me, so it’s only natural to want to keep on going!
The benefits for me have been most noticeably much less back pain, and way more endurance when I go hiking. I don’t currently have a workout routine or do any type of regular cardio due to injuries and the above mentioned back pain.
But we love to go on adventures, and that usually involves hiking to some location or another for photography. Since I started doing yoga, I started noticing that I could hike with way less problems surrounding my injuries. I could go further and longer without severe pain, all the while never working out. (Although I would love to get back into working out this year, if life allows that is, because I think it has so many benefits.)
The second serious benefit that it took me awhile to notice, was yoga has increased my stress tolerance quite a bit over the year. Things that would just eat away at my mind before, I just put them aside now. I’m also way more focused than I used to be. My mind has always been all over the place, rocketing around at lighting speed. But something about yoga has helped my concentration like nothing else.
One thing I definitely struggled with this year was writing down my top 3 priorities, (which is #3 in last years post). I do so much better when I have a well thought out to-do list to follow every day. It also helps me to stay organized and even sometimes semi-balanced between my work life and personal life.
But so often when things get really busy, I don’t end up getting my list written. And predictably that’s when things get really crazy because I become sloppy and unorganized. Right now I’d say I’m making my daily list maybe 50% of the time, so I’d like to up that percentage this year.
#7 and #8 were -create space to think- and take time out to enjoy life. And again if I’m being completely honest with myself, these 2 were probably the most lacking this year.
Some parts of this year were so crazy, I found myself packing more and more into the days until there was no free time left at all. This resulted in a case of serious burn out that I pushed through and kept going anyways because there were deadlines to be met, (sound familiar to anyone else?).
But once we were officially moved out of our house, I’ve slowed the pace back up. And we’ve had a lovely fall, even getting out for a few adventures. Although leading up to the fall, you could count on 1 hand the number of days off, (that didn’t involve moving) we’d had between January and September – so that’s not evenly remotely balanced in my book.
Not to sound like a complete downer, (just being a realist about things) because I don’t regret a single second of this past year. I just like to do a reflection each year, and think about things to change for the future.
On a really positive note, this year was the year I finally committed to doing yoga and getting my green smoothies in. And I’ll tell you what, those crazy days through the remodeling, house showing, and moving, it would have been so easy to fall off the wagon. But I just kept right on doing what I committed to, which I think is a first for me to ever stay with something that long!
So it’s been a great year for both change and growth. But if you’re like me, you always believe there’s room for more. After all, who doesn’t want the benefits that come, even if the actual process can be tough at times!?!
P.S. And who doesn’t need more freshly made coffee on the beach with scenery like this!?! Whenever I see photos from our adventures, it always motivates me to work harder on all those goals/intentions so I can get right back outdoors and do some more of this.