A Time of Reflection

This year for Christmas, I decided to not get lost in the season of forcing myself to think of gifts for every single person in my life that would likely go to waste and would definitely cause some much un-needed stress. Instead I decided to use this time as a time of reflection on my year before really sitting down and planning my moves for 2019. 

With this reflection I have seen a lot, uncovered a lot, cried a lot, and learned A LOT. I think more than anything I have learned that reflection can be an extremely powerful tool that we should all do more often. Although looking back at the year has been extremely powerful and led to a lot of revolutions for me, I know now that in 2019 this is something that I want to incorporate monthly at the very least. So, what is it that I have uncovered, seen, and learned? 

  1. I can and should still work on being more patient - with myself, my business, and those in my life.

  2. It isn’t about what you own, but the experiences with those close to you that matter. Hygge is my new thing that I have been reading and researching and it is all about spending quality (and cozy) time with the ones you love. Buy less, experience more.

  3. I am truly blessed, and not in the #blessed kind of way. I am so grateful to be able to afford a roof over my head, organic food in my fridge, and unforgettable trips! I am also extremely grateful to have relationships that I am continuing to nourish, a marriage to a guy that I truly love (not to say my marriage is perfect), and a family that I adore. I would like to continue to nourish these relationships and give thanks way more often.

  4. I need to do a better job nurturing my relationship with God. I grew up in a Christian household and was pretty good about following the rules, but then as the story often goes, I lost my faith through some trauma in my life while I was in college. Through the years I have had an on-again/off-again relationship with God, but I do believe in him and really want to nurture that relationship and put it first!

  5. Life isn’t always easy! Things don’t always go according to our plan, but it’s okay. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and I need to hold on to that better when I am going through something that I don’t understand.

  6. Consistency is key - whether that is with my business, communicating with y’all, my relationships, exercise - consistency is KEY!

  7. It’s okay to have a bad day! In fact, it’s inevitable. Feel the feelings, process the emotions, and start fresh the next day. Don’t guilt yourself about taking time to process through emotions - it is an important part of our mental health.

  8. Be more open. This goes mostly in my business and in my communication with y’all. In December I made the switch from two separate IG accounts to 1 account where I am real, open, and honest about what is going on in my life. I think it is important to show that even in a Wellness Coach’s life that things aren’t always perfect. Also, you might want to see what I’m eating and how I deal with it when things aren’t going swimmingly, so that is now all on there.

  9. Clutter = chaos in the brain. My husband and I have gone through our house and gotten rid of a lot of “stuff.” Although we probably need to do another one soon as the books are piling up on the desk, it has become extremely apparent to me that when my house isn’t in order it disrupts my focus, my imagination, and my positive energy. Clean house = clean mind.

  10. Be present. Don’t constantly be thinking about what is next. Be present in relationships, be present in business, be present in exercise, the list goes on.

I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on the past year (no, it’s not too late to do even though we are already in January… we could be doing a lot more of this more often). What are some things you have uncovered and things that you now know you want to work on going into 2019?

-SS