It's 2017. A new year. A new slew of resolutions.
... i.e. a new laundry list of specifics that never actually get checked off the list.
Or at least that is the case for me. I make these absurd and (practically) unattainable goals for myself and end up giving up by February because well, "that was just ridiculous". But 2017 is feeling different. After moving across the country and settling into a new (and much improved!) lifestyle I am finally feeling back in my groove. I seem to be coming home to myself more and more every day. And damn it feels good to be a ganstaaaa.
Instead of a lofty list of things that will stress me out, this year I have decided to live by one simple saying "honor the feel goods". This will change depending on where I am and how I'm feeling, but that's the point... to feel good. Because the reality is that I normally don't. In fact, I often feel super (SUPER) shitty. I've had chronic stomach problems since I can remember. I have a host of food allergies that keep me from certain outings and I have a set of beliefs that not everyone can always get down with (hiiiii fellow vegans). I've spent so much time apologizing for my food choices or downplaying my allergies so that I can participate in certain social activities... and then I end up feeling like shit again.
But in 2017 it stops. I'm unapologetically a vegan from meat-loving cowboy country. I value deep soulful connection and adventure over sticking out hours at the office to attain career milestones. I'm choosing to honor my desire to create a life worth living instead of climbing the corporate ladder because for me, that is was FEELS GOOD. Fuck that other noise. I'm doing me.
This year it isn't about a number in the bank account or on the scale. It's not about a career marker or prized title. It's not about making person A, B or C accept me. Nope, none of that. This year it is about me. It's about not drinking (much) because hangovers hate me, and not forcing myself to hit the treadmill when I actually just want to go to yoga and stretch. It's about staying in with a friend laughing off the day instead of going out on a date that I don't want to be on anyways. This time I'm going to listen to the little voices that I normally push aside because they doesn't seem logical. I promise to meet myself on the mat because that's what feels damn good. I promise to let my traveling tendencies take hold and whisk me away to wherever my heart is calling, even when the job and the money and the parents think it's a bad idea. I promise to surround myself with only the best humans in my world. Because those are the ones that keep me inspired and excited about where I am and where I am going. In fact, those are the ones that have gotten me right here, right now, strong enough to say fuck that. I'm doing me.
And if you are doing a 30 day challenge, an intense cleanse or have a laundry list of big lofty goals that your pushing to achieve... you go girl (guy). GOOD FOR YOU. You've got this. You've got a whole lotta this.
Because this year you should do you too. Whatever which way YOU happens to feel like in 2017.