Reflecting and Refocusing

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2017 has been a solid year. I adopted a little angel dog, regained a sense of purpose by going back to school, and basically transformed my entire diet from complete shit to a balanced, *mostly* healthy one. I made new friends and let go of toxic friends. I took 2017 to really look within and do some soul searching, taking time to find what makes ME happy. Oh, and I drank A LOT of lattes.

It’s funny, if you told me five years ago that I was going to leave my friends and family for a new city, I would of had a nervous break down. Of course, I have my best friend, my rock, Sam. My mom also recently moved to St. Louis which has been absolutely amazing. I’m not going to lie though, Foxy and I spent many days alone watching Top Chef reruns and taking long walks through our neighborhood. And that’s okay. I think everyone could benefit from some alone time, you learn what makes YOU happy without trying to impress the people around you. (Although, with social media, no one is ever TRULY alone, are they? But that’s a whole other topic.) In any case, it was nice having this year to focus on myself, my relationship and school. I was able to examine the friendships that I do have closely, which led to removing people from my life that I felt were toxic in any way. As an adult, you’re allowed to do that, and let me tell you, it feels good. Always be kind, but never jeopardize your happiness in order to please other people. Life’s too short. Stand up for what you believe in with no fear, and remain true to yourself. Always.

I have LOVED inspiring and motivating my friends and family to make small diet changes through social media. Nothing makes me happier than waking up to a message from someone telling me that they switched their breakfast from the usual donut to an egg sandwich with avocado because of my posts. I want to be that motivation for people. It’s something that I feel strongly about, and I certainly needed motivation when I began to eat healthier, and still love hearing tips and new ideas from you all. I want to encourage people with absolutely no judgement, because I think there is not enough of that in this social media world. I am definitely not rich, I didn’t grow up rich, and I ate a Pop-tart for breakfast every morning for months at a time. I get it. In 2018 I hope to continue to share inexpensive and easy ways to make small, effective diet changes without passing any judgement. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?

As nice as the alone time has been, in 2018 I plan to submerge myself into this awesome city as much as possible. Whether it be a new yoga class, an art show, or a concert, I want to be more involved in the St. Louis community. It’s easy to get into the rut of just staying home, and as much as I love having a routine, it’s also good to be adventurous and meet new people. Instead of taking the nap or watching the hour of TV, I am really going to try to make myself get out of the house and DO something. I can’t wait.

Something that I don’t talk about often is my spirituality. I’m definitely not a religious person, but I do believe in SOMETHING and feel so much more whole when I take the time to connect to myself and the higher power through prayer and meditation. It’s easy to forget to make time for this (if it’s something you believe in) but I benefit in so many ways when I do. Whether it’s sitting in a quiet, dark room on a yoga mat with my crystals, or merely closing my eyes before bed and clearing my mind, I love exploring my personal spiritual connection. It’s a way for me to disconnect from technology and from the stress of everyday life, and focus on myself and my thoughts. Everything stops for a bit, which is rare in this busy world, and I feel a huge sense of peace and calmness afterwards. Def making meditation a priority in the coming year.

I don’t really love the term “New Year’s Resolution”…I feel like these set people up for failure because they are usually not sustainable and unrealistic goals. If you want to eat better, make small, easy changes in areas that you can, but if you want the cookie, eat the f*cking cookie. From my personal experience, strict diets and rigaris 7-day a week workout plans are hard to stick to, and BALANCE is the most important thing. It’s good to reflect and recognize things that you can improve upon in the coming year, but be easy on yourself. I used to make crazy lists of “New Year’s Resolutions”, stick with them for about a month, then revert back to my unhealthy lifestyle. Not sustainable. Slow and steady wins the race, so remember to be proud of yourself for little changes here and there, and strive for a balanced lifestyle, knowing that you won’t be perfect 100% of the time.

I’m looking forward to a new year, new friendships, and new experiences. I’m thankful that I have such an awesome support group and for the people that I’ve met since living here. I’m thankful for my sweet Foxy and kitten, and for the encouragement that I receive from you all to keep living a healthy lifestyle. It means the world to me.

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

xo,

Lizzy In The Lou

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