Why I Kicked my New Year’s Resolutions to the Curb

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Happy sort of New Year!

What is it about the New Year that we love. Is it the opportunity for a fresh new start? A blank canvas to create the life of our dreams? A chance to make it our best year yet?

Do you make New Year resolutions?

I like to make New Year resolutions every year but it never fails, around the first or second week of January, or if I’m being completely honest, the second or third day into January, I get off track and cannot maintain my goals.

An example of this is going to the gym. I would tell myself I will go to the gym 5 days a week and workout for at least an hour. When I didn’t follow through and keep up with my resolution, I would always end up feeling guilty that I quit before I even really started. It can happen to anyone. How many times have you been to the gym at the beginning of the year and the gym is packed and all the equipment is taken. There are gym members who have the best of intentions to commit to their resolutions but by the end of January, the gym is almost always completely empty once again.

Can you relate?

This year I’ve decided I’m doing things differently.

Instead of focusing on my resolutions, I am focusing on setting an intention for the year on how I want to feel.

I purchased Leonie Dawson’s 2015 yearly planner and have thought about what my goals will be for the New Year and I have also come up with my word for the year.

EASE

I want to feel at ease in everything I do.

Although I still have goals set for 2015, I have now set the intention of feeling ease in achieving them. An example of this would be rather than forcing myself to go to the gym everyday and do a gruelling workout, I am now finding myself drawn to moving my body with more ease by doing yoga, stretching and walking. I may feel like doing a spin class but only if it feels good.

What’s interesting about this experience was that as soon as I selected my word for the year, the very next day I was overcome with the flu and was bed ridden for a few days. I resisted been sick and tried to push myself to do something but I just didn’t have the energy. I soon realized I had to accept that my body needed some much needed rest. Although I didn’t want to lounge around all day, I finally let go of the resistance and embraced the situation and I felt so much better experiencing the feeling of ease.

I have come out of the illness with a sense of new energy and it feels amazing.

I also read Danielle Laporte’s book called The Desire Map and have come up with a few other guided words or core desired feelings for the year.

They are being in the flow, feeling held and vibrant.

What is your word for the year?

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