I’m not really a resolutions kind of girl. I’d like to say I’m a goals person, but sometimes things take a long time for me, and sometimes I get scared. What I really think I am is a wakeup call person. I like to act on wakeup calls. At the end of 2015, I felt less healthy than I should. I felt older and less fit. I felt like I could and should be doing more to be all-around healthier.
When I was a teenager, I went on a life-changing trip through Canada and upstate New York. It was my first time away from home for nearly two weeks, and it was also my first time discovering so many cities and towns, nestled in another country. I was battling some demons during those days, as one sometimes does during those tumultuous teen years, and I wound up better and stronger for doing so while on the road. The world never looked the same for me. Colors got brighter, music got louder and more meaningful, and relationships got stronger. I got happier. That doesn’t mean I’ve honored everything I learned along the way as much as I should have as an adult, but I loved the experience of growing and exploring the world.
Around the same time, I saw a trailer for one of M. Night Shyamalan’s first movies – Wide Awake. I know too well that feeling of suddenly feeling “wide awake”, as if you’ve been sleeping or not paying attention for a long time. For me, 2016 is a time of wakeup calls to be answered. I’m not a resolutions girl, but I’m a wakeup call girl and I want 2016 to reflect change.
One thing I’m doing is re-focusing on myself and feeling inspired in the new year. That requires me to carve out some “me time” and to also focus on new ideas with cooking, cleaning, parenting, health, fitness, relaxation, and overall goals.
1. More relaxation! And doesn’t Athena look so inviting in the photo? She’s looking at me as if to ask me when I’m joining her. I’m usually a very on-the-go person, but I’ve noticed that I feel more overall relaxed lately, because I take the time to sit down and just cuddle with Athena and look at magazines. While I was on a photo job last week, I picked up PEOPLE® and Real Simple® magazines at Shaw’s in Sturbridge, MA, and I couldn’t wait to dig in and read two magazines, cover to cover.
2. Food! I’ve never been very domestically inclined, but I’ve been looking into new ways to cook and clean more, since I know my family appreciates it. In the newest PEOPLE®, I discovered a recipe for Smoky Egg and Cheese Tostadas. I love it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it’s an easy recipe to follow. I also love their Apple, Almond, Ham & Cheddar Sandwich recipe.
3. De-stressing. I’m prone to holding in stress, so I read an incredible article in Real Simple® about how to redirect stress. There were many practical pieces of advice, as well as the reasons why they work to ease stress.
4. Better relationships. I’ve been noticing that good days come around often, but great days are ones in which I get quality time with all members of my family, human or not. I take the dog to the dog park about 4-5 times a week. It’s good exercise for me, good exercise for her, and great to get out in nature. I have also started hanging out with my kids without my smartphone around. It’s amazing how happy it makes them, and me in the long run. We play more together. I listen better.
5. No more waiting. I’m someone who waits and waits. I’ve been getting better at seizing the day, wearing my favorite dress, and trying the restaurant I’ve been dying to try. Sometimes, mostly, actions are better than waiting.
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