(Dedicated to CF & TM…Pt 1 😉 )
Truth moment: I’m so not a resolutions kinda girl. I know that may sound weird coming from someone who’s so goal-oriented, a planner, super “Type A”, and has the bold audacity to serve as a coach for others. I know, I know. But here’s the thing, I am for and support all of those things and approaches to living, but the hype around New Year’s…enjoyable, but the resolutions bit….it always gets me….gets to me.
I won’t go so far as to say that I’m anti-resolutions but what I find is that we often set resolutions in an effort create a new us….establish a different persona….distinguish ourselves away from our uniqueness and in some form or fashion in alignment with other’s expectations of who we should be, even when we say that it’s all about us and what we want for ourselves. Example: The most popular new year’s resolution is to lose weight…..not to be healthy. Also, according to research by private health company Bupa, 63% of people fail their new year’s resolutions. All of this being said, to each their own, right? And I will always, always, always respect another’s approach to their own means of living fabulously fierce…living fabulously whatever he or she chooses. However, what if New Year’s was more about embracing who we are more and more, every day, recognizing that the more we focus on that, the more it is inevitable that we continue to unfold into our best selves over time!
See, we all come into this world as an incredible force to be reckoned with. We are all literally fearfully and wonderfully made. Think about that for a minute….really, let it sink in. You are fearfully…wonderfully made… in all of your uniqueness, areas of flawlessness and areas full of blemishes. It’s all you and it’s incredibly extraordinary! We all know this but with the passing of time, we grow, we experience, we develop and we learn more about what and who others are before we spend more time in learning and understanding who we are. We forget how fabulous and fierce we are. Then, we come into seasons, opportunities, and (I swear I’m not ba-hum-bugging here) hype opportunities that call us to think of the “new me”…like New Year’s instead of focusing on the “now me” and how the me today can serve the ever unfolding you of tomorrow, the next day, the day after that….etc, etc.
And here we are in 2018!!!!!!!!! I am SO EXCITED! I just have this feeling in my gut, in deepest area of knowing, that something big, magnificent, unreal is already unfolding. If you’re struggling to set a resolution or two (YASSSSS:), I’d like you to join me in just making a simple commitment to embracing you, just as you are, all day, every day…..and in doing so, seeing what unfolds! I think it’s going to be remarkable. And if you have already set a resolution or two, no, you’re not excluded. In fact, I really believe this will help!
Embrace! What does this look like? What will it involve? What do you need to do? Well, it’s actually pretty simple….just requiring a little bit of practice until it becomes habit and then is just part of who you are. Simply put, make it a daily practice of embracing the whole you, just as you are, understanding that while not perfect, works in progress are actually more productive, alluring, attractive, resonating and inspiring than what we might consider to be perfect. And because practice results in progression, we’ve got to go beyond just setting this intention of embracing the whole you to defining how you will practice this.
It could be as simple as waking up every day and saying out loud I am fearfully and wonderfully made. You might wear a piece of jewelry or another accessory that reminds you of how fabulously fierce you are because of the story behind it. You might end your day by writing in your journal one significant moment in your day where you showed up courageously and even impressed yourself! Whatever it is that will remind you that you don’t just need the date to be January 1 to set a new intention for a new you, but can take every day as an opportunity to embrace the you that you are and are continuously beautifully unfolding, do it, do it, do it! In my mind, that’s worth a daily toast that’s usually reserved for Jan 1 stroke of midnight. With that, CHEERS to you and continuously unfolding into the fabulously fierce you of today, the here and now, and all of your days to come!