Around about boxing day, right up until new year's eve, I've noticed a trend lately... everyone is so ready to say goodbye to the old year and get started with the new year. I'm not just talking about YAY NEW YEAR posts on Facebook, or new year's resolutioners (I'm totally down with that!), no this is more like 'this past year was awful and I want to kick it to the curb', or 'I hated everything about 2017 so I can't wait to start over in 2018'! I too enjoy starting fresh, mentally it can work at times, but I don't think you need to HATE your past year to want to make improvements in the coming year! Some years are tougher than others, but every year of your life will probably have some obstacles, sadnesses, or hard times, whether it's losing your job or a loved one, not having enough money to live the life you want, dealing with a sickness or injury, not reaching goals, etc. But instead of dwelling on all the bad at the end of the year, try to think of all the things you are thankful for no matter how little it seems in comparison to the bad things that pop into your mind! Actually for the new year, I always go through my photos and find my very favourite moments of the past year and make a whole Facebook post about it. We can sometimes forget how many awesome things happen and Facebook and photos can be a reminder of all the good times. Before last year, most of my favourite moments were of accomplishments (publishing a book, competing in a fitness competition, running a half-marathon, then last year I felt a little sad and like I hadn't accomplished enough (I had been too busy with my new baby, and hadn't even accomplished losing the baby weight yet!), but I started looking through my year in photos and they amazed me... it wasn't accomplishments as much as time spent with people I love, amazing moments and feelings, loving the work I did (even though I wasn't able to do it as much at this point - it's even more special now), and of course all the time spent with my baby (that I had so desperately wanted for years and now had = miracle!) If you feel like every year sucked at the end of it, you probably need to change your attitude and if that doesn't work, please change the things that seem to have brought you down any way you can as you don't want to be wishing every year away, and therefore kind of wishing your whole life away in the process! It's just like what I write a lot about in my book LOVING YOURSELF FIT... you don't have to hate your body to want to make improvements or changes to it, you can love your body while improving on it! Same goes for life/your year, love and appreciate all the good in your life while you set goals and reach for more!!! Hope you all have an amazing 2018!!!
Fitness YouTuber, bellydancer, fitness addict, mom, and author of Loving Yourself Fit!