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As 2015 ended tonight, I sat on the couch and just soaked in gratitude cuddled in my husband’s arms with the baby sleeping in her room. There was so much to be thankful for as we reminisced the previous 12 months. I made a bullet list in my journal as we reflected all the blessings that seemed to just fall into our lap unexpectedly. We were sitting in the home we unexpectedly owned, surrounded byWalking to an Unknown Destination a beautiful remodel we had no idea was going to happen, with my dream dog (a labradoodle) at our feet that had just been given to us. It felt surreal.

The funny thing about almost everything we were thankful for, was that hardly any of it did we see coming. We started out the year attached to several goals. Some of them were achieved, but most of them are rolling over to 2016 still incomplete. That’s okay though. God doesn’t know time. We invented it. He just knows the laundry list of things we dream about wanting what day and what our heart desires, then goes to work to create it for us.

We couldn’t help but laugh when we looked at which dreams had come into fruition this year, most of them unexpected, and all of them in ways we could have NEVER planned for or anticipated. Stuff you can’t even make up in a novel because truth is better than fiction. This life truly is an amazing adventure, and I am going to continue soaking in gratitude for being on the roller coaster.

As we forecast into 2016, as I said, there are so many of our goals still left incomplete. Some of them are big, some of them are small, but all of them are important to us for one reason or another. When I reflect on what held me back from accomplishing the goals, it is the result of self-limiting beliefs and habits. As if 2015 didn’t have enough to be thankful for, that lesson alone would have made this year worth living over and over again. I am now totally and completely aware that the ONLY obstacle standing in my way of getting what I want out of life is me. More specifically, my comfort zone.

I am now fully well aware that to get what I want, I need to get uncomfortable. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well, for 29 years I have continued to carry the same habits. Some of them served me, but many have not. In order to create massive change in my results, I have to create massive change in my actions. I’m a little bit nervous. I’m a little bit scared. But I’ve done things that are harder. Here is the list of the habits that have to change. There are THOUSANDS of people who have created these norms for themselves, but for me, they seem like mountains (that I’m ready to climb):

 

  • Waking up at least an hour before my family to start my day right
  • 6 workouts a week (for me, I want that to be 4 Crossfit, 1 yoga and 1 stroller strides)
  • Planning and preparing for the next day before I go to bed
  • Planning my calendar in proactive mode, not reactive mode
  • Picking up after myself
  • Completing everything I start, not stopping at “good enough”
  • Breaking my sugar addiction
  • Expressing more gratitude to the people I appreciate
  • Rebirthing my 365 photoblog

 

Everything on this list I have done at some point. But I have never put it together all at once, and I have never done it consistently. I am confident that these new habits, coupled with the things that I am already doing right in my life, will take me to amazing places in my life I have yet to go. The future is exciting. I cannot WAIT to see where it goes!

What were you most thankful for in 2015? What habits do you believe may be holding you back from accomplishing your dreams? Do you have the ability to change them?

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