Audrey Dwyer: Say hello to 2019 and these 5 New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep
December 29, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Exercise. Read more. Save money. Travel more. We've heard these resolutions before.
We resolve to make these grandiose changes — to do more, be better. What if this year we stop striving, we stop going, trying and doing, and we accept where we are, what we have and who we are.
This year, through yoga, one of the most powerful things I’ve learned is that whoever you are, wherever you are and however you've landed there, you're everything you need to be right now in the present moment.
We have the answers we're searching for. We just have to tune in and really listen.
We're all human, perfectly imperfect. When making New Year's resolutions, here are a few ways for coming up with a few that are attainable and creating the life you want as we embark on the start of 2019.
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It takes courage to share who you are with the world. Show it. What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful. That could come in the form of having the willingness to say "I love you” first to someone you care about, or maybe it's doing something with no guarantees — like investing in a friendship or relationship that you wouldn't normally. Whether it works out or not, you learn something.
So simple, yet so incredibly complex. When in conversation, listen genuinely — not half-heartedly, doing three to five other things. See what happens from the simple validation that comes with listening and truly hearing someone.
Decide what's most important to you, what lights you up and gives you an energy that makes you feel like your best self? Listen to those body sensations. Whatever that little voice in your head is telling you, maybe it's time to start tuning in. Determine two or three things you want to accomplish long term and then narrow that down to what you can do today, this week, this month.
Self-care as a priority
Often we're motivated to put others needs and wants above our own. I'm absolutely guilty of this. And I've recently realized that when I don't make self-care a priority there's a bit more friction and chaos in my life. It could be anything from staying in on a Friday night, going tech-free, booking a massage or simply cooking a fancy meal all for you. Why? Because you're worth it, and you deserve it.
It's a distracting world that we live in. Efficiency is an afterthought, and errors run rampant. We all do it, sometimes without realizing it. Put down the phone. Shut off your email. Disconnect. Appreciate where you are, who you've become and the work you've done to get there. Often, we're so wrapped up in life's happenings that we forget to take a moment to sit back to marvel at the challenges we've overcome and the growth that got us to where we are today. Despite everything, we still grow. Be proud.