Has everyone accepted the fact that it's 2013 yet?
Unlike previous years, when I would still write 2011 instead of 2012 for the date and it seemed to take me 2 or 3 weeks to accept that the New Year had arrived, I am more than ready for it to be 2013, and I am very gung-ho about what this year is going to bring!
Do any of you ever get that? An intrinsic feeling that this year is just going to rock?
Like I said last time, I completed my annual dream/inspiration/vision board before New Year's Eve - my sister, mom and I all sat around the dining table and put our goals and dreams for this year onto card in the form of images and words that resonate with us. My dream board now sits directly opposite my bed so it's the first thing I see every morning and the last thing I see at night.
The great thing about dream boards is - whether or not you agree with the idea that we can manifest our goals by the power of visualization (see: The Secret for more on that!), it can't hurt, can it? At worst it's just a fun arts and crafts project that gets your mind thinking about what you want to achieve in 2013. At best, it's a powerful tool that helps you achieve your greatest dreams and goals.
Don't be afraid to put things on your board that you don't have control over. Wishing that your family members' health continues to thrive, or that your cousin Jennifer gets pregnant as she so desperately wants to - these aren't things you can create by putting into place action steps. But they are still things that you can lend your positive thoughts and energy to, so what's the harm in including them on your board?
I think my dream board for 2013 is still, at this point, quite personal to me so I don't really want to share it just yet. But I did take a look back at last year's inspiration board, and I am thrilled at how 2012 turned out and how well it represented what I had hoped for on the board:
- I stayed fit and varied my fitness, incorporating dance, Zumba, running and yoga into my workout schedule
- I may not have snowboarded as much as I would have liked but I took the opportunity to embrace outdoor activity in winter time - always a struggle for me!
- I made new friends and embraced new opportunities to meet more people - joining a book club, moving cities, throwing myself into social activities
- My sister had a healthy baby girl, my niece, in July. Bear in mind we didn't know the gender of the baby - it was a surprise - and I included a baby girl on my inspiration board! Not only that, but the photo of the baby I picked looks uncannily like my niece! (Another interesting note: a psychic I once saw said that 'a baby would come into my life when I was 27' and 10 days after my 27th birthday, my niece was born...)
- I opened up a world of income earning by enrolling in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition's health coaching course, to become a qualified holistic health coach.
- I took more photos - not perhaps as often, but when I did take my camera out I dedicated myself to taking some great shots.
- I went back home for a holiday and thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with family friends, paddleboarding and having some fun in the sun.
Although I'm not sure that I want to share 2013's board yet, I can share some goals of mine for this year, 2013:
- I cannot wait to start taking on health coaching clients in April. My specialty will be weight loss (and gain, or maintenance), in a manner that encourages a change of lifestyle, not a fad diet. It won't be restrictive, it won't be boring, it won't even be that difficult. It'll just be you, embracing a new life, and reaping the rewards in the form of a healthier body. Helping people to make that shift is extremely exciting for me.
- Spending more time with family is going to hopefully be an easier one now that we have booked our trip back to the UK. I last went two years ago, in March, on my own and it was the first time I had been back in 10 years! This year, in March again, my mom, sister, brother-in-law, niece and I are all going back to England, where we'll be able to spend time with my brother, aunt, uncle, cousins and grandmother, who all live there. My grandmother is turning 80 in April and my uncle is turning 50 in late March so it's a great time to go and celebrate together - and a complete surprise to my grandma, who has no idea we're going!
- Continuing to learn about new whole foods and incorporate them into my diet is always fun and thankfully, I am exposed to so many knowledgeable people and resources through my health coaching course. I can't wait to see what fun and funky foods I'll be incorporating this year - last year I already brought in chia seeds, herbal mixtures, goldenberries, raw cacao and got back into the fine world of sprouts. More to come this year I'm sure!
- And as usual, each New Year I cleanse to rid my body of the toxins that have no doubt stored up thanks to the relative inactivity and poor diet that come with holiday season. I'm on Day 2 of my 12-day Wild Rose Detox, as I mentioned last post, and will post at some point with some of the foods I've been eating so you can all have a glimpse into a day in the life on this cleanse! Click here for one of last year's posts about the cleanse.
If you are willing, if you could share your goals with me for 2013 I would love to hear some!