As I turned my calendar to February yesterday I had this thought, “Now I’m ready for the new year.”
Allowing myself to enter 2017 slowly was one of the best things I could have done for myself. It gave me time to work through some sadness and think about what I really want for this time in my life — “this time” being mostly the here and now, with thoughts to the future, but not focused too much on the future … a day at a time as they say.
Case in point: I set some goals for the new year and to support one of those goals I made a January goal of getting a plan of action for said goal on paper.
That was it. “This month I will do this to move forward on this goal I want to happen this year.”
It was freeing to allow myself to do what works for me.
It was even more freeing to not really care what anyone else thought about my plan.
Of course, as soon as I felt so free not caring about opinions something was said via social media that unintentionally threw me into “Am I doing the right thing?!?!” thinking.
And I took another week thinking, talking it out with a friend and coming to the conclusion that yes, I am doing the right thing — for me and for where I’m at in my life right now.
Again, so freeing to not live bound by the need for people’s approval.
So, this year I needed a month to work through some things before I felt strong and ready to tackle projects. And you know what? I’m so glad I took my time and really thought through things.
Because I’m ready now and I’m already making progress in my health like I haven’t made in a long time. *insert very contented sigh*
End note: The scale agreed that these changes in mindset and subsequent actions were working and was down -1.8 this week… in case you were wondering. 🙂