Waiting in line at the grocery store 2 days before Christmas with the rest of Travis County, I had plenty of time to peruse the magazines at the check-out counter. A flood of headlines designed to inspire me to change my life, slim down, and create the life, body, career, and relationship of my dreams in 5 easy steps in 2014 washed over me. At the beginning of a new year, we all tend to feel empowered and energized to finally really lose weight, join a gym, cut down on drinking/smoking/staying up too late/insert unwanted habits here, actually go to the gym you just bought a membership to, take vitamins, buy organic produce, make and drink green smoothies from the produce, have more fun, not to mention be a better spouse, friend, daughter, and career-woman. I didn’t need O Magazine to tell me this is my “Year to Shine” to get pumped up about the possibilities of 2014, but it was a validating reminder of the new beginnings on which I could embark. Wipe 2013 clean and start anew.
As I pondered what it might mean for me to shine this year, it occurred to me to look beyond the new year’s resolutions and challenge myself to shift my life in a real way…that I wouldn’t give up on around March.
What I mean is to explore what values I place on the various roles I play in life including what qualities are important to me. So, yes, I would like to lose the 10 pounds I surely gained this holiday season, but why? And how? The truth is, I value being a healthy woman because it’s an investment in my future, when I feel better I perform better in my career, and am a less cranky wife. Becoming more healthy in 2014 for me includes taking fantastic nutritional supplements, eating breakfast, cooking more, as well as attending yoga and cardio kickboxing classes on a regular basis. So, in reality, losing 10 pounds might just be a lovely bi-product of committing to live my life according to my values of being successful at work, empowering myself and being in charge of what I put into my body, and being a positive person in the lives of those around me.
Now I would like to challenge you to think about what qualities are important to you in the many roles you play in your life. What kind of parent, wife, husband, friend, and citizen do you want to be this year? What sort of relationship would you like to build and be part of? What might make your work feel more meaningful? What might it look like to infuse more joy and laughter into your days and nights?
If you would like to have an objective, empathic person to facilitate your exploration of who you would like to be today and in the new year, please feel free to contact one of the talented counselors here at Austin Mindfulness Center. We would be thrilled to assist you on the exciting journey of choosing to live a life filled with meaning, purpose, and value.
Written by Stephanie Trueblood, LPC-Intern
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