Another new year has come upon us and with that comes a new chance to right our past wrongs and start over. An earliest post of mine reiterated the importance of not focusing on resolutions, but rather on the continued progression of a positive and fulfilling lifestyle. Let the new year be an added boost of motivation to sustain that type of lifestyle.
This short list below should not be viewed as resolutions, but rather as continued lifestyle improvements – ones I am confident each of you and already thought about and done – so it’s really a matter of just keeping that up.
Be More Present
This can’t be stressed enough in the heavily mobile-addicted society we live in. Let’s band together and recover a 90’s reality when people would actually talk to each other face to face and engage in an actual conversation rather than give haphazard answers to questions they barely even heard between a ping here and a tweet there. Think of a couch scene from Central Perk on an episode of Friends. Just because you’re physically present doesn’t mean you really are there, so if you spend too much time on your phone, learn to take a real break from it and relish time with others.
Be More Free
This one is particular is important to me being the excessive worry wart that I am. I’ve learned to be much more easy-going about things and it truly feels like a burden is lifted off your shoulders. What keeps me from over-worrying to always reminding myself that while some worrying is healthy, too much is not and can cause problems that were never in the first place. Don’t stress over things you can’t control. Instead, focus on the things you do have control over and work on making those things meaningful – whatever that may be. Just learn to lighten up more and enjoy the moment. Your mind will thank you.
Be More Connected
No NOT to your device. (haha) Be more connected to other people. Make that extra effort to get together with friends and family members that you particularly wish you had more time with. This is one thing I’ve learned in the past year – everyone gets so caught up in their lives that before you know it, you’re only seeing certain people once or twice a year, if even that. So have a get-together every once in a while. You don’t need to do anything elaborate at all or have a particular reason or special occasion. Just round up your tribe for some much-needed quality time. Not everyone will be able to make it and that’s okay. You took that first step and that’s all that matters. As I mentioned in my first point, it’s all about being present and reinforcing those physical connections.
Move That Body
Aside from repeated plug to be active – I’d like to challenge all of my lovely followers and members of the blogging community to a 2018 Pushup Challenge thanks to Candace Cameron Bure and Kira Stokes. The end goal: 18,000 push-ups in 360 days. That amounts to about 50 push-ups a day for virtually an entire year with a 5 day grace period for those times where life gets in the way. I’ve started the challenge and feel optimistic about keeping up with it for the entire year. My push-ups at the moment are rusty at best, but I am confident that as long as I keep up with the challenge, I’ll have perfected it soon enough. As they say, practice makes perfect! 🙂
So I encourage you to join me in this challenge and if you’re comfortable, post your progress on social media using the hashtag #CandaceandKira18k and #SarahWarsi. The grand prize is simply a major boost in your self-confidence while looking and feeling amazing! You can’t put a price tag on that. 🙂
Here’s to a fantastic 2018! Happy new year!