Happy 2018! While it's always sad to see the holidays go, (Is there anything more depressing than un-decorating your house and taking down the tree?) I love the beginning of a new year. It's a perfect time to re-evaluate priorities and give yourself a little kick to get back to your goals.
As we finished toasting champagne and watching Ryan Seacrest freeze in Times Square, my friends and I went around and joked about our resolutions: Drink more water, make one new recipe a week, practice guitar, go to the gym, run... We decided that SMART goals — goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound — are the best way to go. You have something concrete to work toward. My SMART goal for 2018 is to stretch more deliberately. Despite being a yoga instructor and teaching more than 6 hours per week, I've noticed a serious decline in my flexibility over the past few months. I've upped my workouts and built a lot of strength, but I'm not taking the time to lengthen, rest, and support my muscles. So, I've added 20 minutes of stretching to my workout plan twice a week, and I vow to at least add 5 minutes on to the end of cardio and strength sessions. I'll share some of my favorite and most-effective moves soon.
Aside from the SMART goals, I also think it's important to add an intention, something that I can apply to everything in my life: relationships, professional goals and endeavors, finances, etc.
Do the work. That's my intention for 2018. Since July, I've given myself permission to take my time, explore, and figure out where I wanted to go. But now it's time to buckle down, stop making excuses, and get to the doing. It's important to me to feel like I've earned what I receive — support and respect from my husband, family, friends, and community; opportunities and growth; muscles and strength; even clothes, wine, and nights out. I need to add in a little bit more discipline, and framing it this way feels healthy and positive. Sugar and yoga pants won't be a reward, and I won't stray from my philosophy that I trust and listen to what my body and brain need, but I'll be more mindful before making impulse purchases and always choosing the easiest option.
I've been lucky, and I've been given an abundant, wonderful life. I know I've worked hard to get here, and I want to keep that going. Getting what you want takes effort, and this year, I'm putting in the time and doing it authentically.
What are your goals, resolutions, and intentions for the new year? Let's cheer each other on as we reset and realign.
Cheers to 2018, friends!