At the end of every year Andrew and I ask each other the same questions.
What did we achieve this year and what do we want to achieve in the new year?
What a massive year it has been! My daughter turned 3 and my son turned one. In July I had to take over the full time management of our restaurant Beluga which unbeknown to me incorporated at least 50 hours per week of my time.
I emotionally and physically nursed my husband through two shoulder dislocations and a subsequent second shoulder reconstruction. All of this at the beginning of his football season which at the end of the season would see him out of contract with the West Coast Eagles.
We decided to sell our house. Booked and then cancelled a 10 day raucous holiday in the US and the biggest surprise of all, I fell pregnant with our third baby.
As you might have picked up by now, the year of 2012, although a year full of achievements, has been a year where I totally felt out of control. It was like the universe had this ultimate plan for me and I had to ‘just go with it’.
I am a massive believer in goal setting. I believe what you set out to achieve you will achieve. I believe that what ever is going on in your mind you will attract.
I think I lost sight of these things this past year so my 2013 focus is going back to gaining control, accepting reality, living in the moment and being calm enough to notice the universes subtle nudges and hints along the way.
With this in mind I have put together my top 5 achievable new years resolutions. They aren’t big winning lotto goals but more of a guidance to help us quiet the mind, stay in tune with ourselves and get the best out of the opportunities that come our way.
1: Meditate daily. As Dr Oz stated, one of the leading causes of ageing and ailments is stress and one of the best stress reliefs is meditation. Do your body, mind and soul a favour. Meditation creates focus and control of the mind and it’s easy to start. Find a quiet spot, sit up with your back straight, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Start with about 5 minutes and increase from there.
2: Take one night per month for YOU, minimum!! This year make yourself a priority. There is no point blaming others for you not giving yourself ‘you’ time. Make it a priority. Your family will thank you for it. Catch a movie, have dinner with a friend, get a massage but do something outside of your daily routine. You will be a kinder person for it.
3: Exercise. 3 times per week, minimum please! We all know the many benefits of exercise. Make a commitment. I don’t care if you are doing your lunges watching 60 minutes on a Sunday night just to get your 3rd session in but make it a happen. No excuses!
4: Drink a minimum of 2lts of water per day. Studies show that it helps you lose weight, it’s a natural remedy for headache relief, helps in digestion and constipation, you are less likely to get sick and it relives fatigue (amongst other things). Clean your body out daily and it only makes perfect sense that your body will function more efficiently.
5: Acts of kindness. Help others. Helping others actually makes us happy! Did you know that if we volunteered as children we are more likely to volunteer as adults. People who volunteer have generally higher self-esteem, psychological wellbeing and happiness. What a fabulous gift you could give to give your children. Not only are you teaching them the values of helping others but you are improving their personal well being too.
Amen to that!