NEW YEAR…….NEW YOU

Cheesy I know but how true?

You can begin a new you at any moment you decide to but it is always a great time to turn over a new leaf during the new year. January and February are usually not as busy socially so that leaves time to renew and reflect. It leaves time to begin a new life and have a new start. How do you want to be better and do better? What do you choose to change? What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to do this year? Who do you want to be? There are so many questions and so many different answers but the common thread in all those questions is…..YOU. It is all about YOU. What do YOU want? Who do YOU want to be? What do YOU want your life to be? A lot of us say we are going to be a NEW YOU but we don’t. It takes a lot of time to give to YOURSELF so we let ourselves and our goals slip out of sight. We let “more important” things step in front of us. WE are making ourselves not important. Our goals. The life we want. Who we want to be. What we want to do…..these are so very important. We can move on without some of these goals. Each year those goals may change and we may never accomplish some or we just decide those goals are as important anymore and move on…..and that my friend is perfectly okay! I have let go of a lot of goals just because I decided they weren’t important enough or not what I wanted anymore. Goals change! What I don’t want you to lose or just let go of is the importance of YOU. Taking time for yourself, making yourself a better you is not selfish or a negative thing…some of us let our brains think that.  Dreaming. Having goals. Finding what you want out of life and simply enjoying it…. doesn’t matter what it is…. the key is YOU. YOU MATTER. Your goals and dreams matter. What you want to accomplish or who you want to be matters! Find the time to do these things for yourself. You are just coming out of the holidays….eating whatever, doing whatever, but now is not the time to wear those PJ’s all day everyday…to not eat 8 pounds of fudge and drink 5 glasses of wine….. now is the time to GET BUSY creating a NEW YOU!

Last year some of my goals were as simple as read more books, read the entire Bible, and mediate more. Other goals were bigger that will take me years to accomplish but the key is I did certain things for myself. I wanted to read more books and mediate so I made time for both of those things. I started reading my entire Bible and I didn’t put pressure on myself. I would read as little as one chapter a day. At that pace it may take me a couple of years but it doesn’t matter how long it takes…..it just matters that I tried to do it for myself……and then if I accomplish that goal that’s just the cherry on top. I wanted to start my blog back and I did. I wanted to eat cleaner and I did. These goals may seem small and simple to you but I accomplished or started to accomplish what I wanted. I made time for ME. I told myself I was important. We like to make ourselves not as important but we need to love ourselves and care for ourselves. This is the time of year to start over….from scratch. Take one step closer to becoming who you want to be or accomplishing what you want.

Whatever you want from this life is important! You are important. If you don’t take care of yourself and what you want from this life then you will never get it. You are the only one who can truly take care of you! If you take care of yourself and love yourself then you can give to and help others around you. So don’t feel guilty and don’t be lazy take just 5 minutes a day to reach a goal for your 2019 list. I promise you will never regret investing a few minutes in yourself each day and your family will be grateful you did. You are teaching your children how important it is to take care of themselves.

What are some of my 2019 goals…..

Finally after 10 YEARS of wanting this……I am on my way to becoming yoga teacher certified. I just can’t tell you how excited I am to have this! This goal has been on my list for YEARS & YEARS! Some goals just stay in your heart and this one has been on the list year after year…just waiting for the perfect time & that time is now!

I also want to spend as much time with my boys, family, and friends as I can.

To cook and bake even more than I do now so that I can create even healthier food for my family.

and a few more “secret” goals just for myself and my future. Some goals carry on from year to year…like making time for myself, reading more books, letting go of stuff that doesn’t matter, and so forth. Those are just constant goals that each year I continue to work on!

Goals can be anything! Please don’t get stuck thinking that your goals have to be HUGE. A goal is a GOAL. It is doing something new which is hard no matter what it is! Pampering yourself more, playing the guitar, eating better, exercising more, writing a novel, opening a business, letting go of grudges, being a better friend, finding a new career, WHATEVER IT IS…..if it is making you a better person….then its worth it! Take the time for yourself.

Take a few moments to think about what you want out of this life and write them down! Place them where you can see them and then GET BUSY.

Happy NEW Year and CHEERS TO A Happy NEW You!

XOXO

Rivers