Mindfulness: Strip Down

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I've gone skinny dipping only once. The experience, with the rush of adrenaline and my limbs treading the silky water, was liberating. That's how I hope 2017 feels: exciting, new, just the right amount of scary, and - most of all - freeing. 

2016 was tough for the world in so many ways; there was such loss and tragedy. By November, we were shaking our heads in disbelief, awe-struck that more unjust could be possible. For most, turning the page to January 1st was a giant sigh of relief. For me, 2016 was about healing. I had my second and final hand surgery and began accepting that my dominant hand would always have a distinct difference to the other. I learned to love myself just a little bit more and, in turn, allowed myself to be seen by someone else. I quit a job that was making me miserable and set out to work on finding a job that aligned with my passions. I decided to dig deep into my savings to pay off my debt. I met special people I didn't know I was missing in my life. I sat with intense feelings of restlessness. 

The beginning of this year has me determined to ease out of these restless feelings. I want to be happier and spend more time on what truly matters; I want to strip down. An advocate of minimalism, I can always get behind giving another box of clothes to the local Goodwill, but this year I'll be focusing more on self-love, giving to others, and rejuvenation. Most of all, I'm allowing myself the freedom of realistic expectations and working towards mental minimalism. I suggest we all indulge in this practice.

1. Instead of sticking to a strict diet or telling ourselves we HAVE to be at the gym 5 out of 7 nights of the week, let's pay attention to the things we put in our bodies, practice portion control, and take more walks.
2. Instead of expecting the weekend to provide us with all the excitement we need to hold ourselves over for an entire week, let's take note of and revel in the simple, 10-second beautiful moments on any given day: when the sun hits our backs on a cold day or how nice a clean apartment smells.
3. Instead of building a mile-long to-do list to keep on track with our personal goals while making progress in our careers, let's planning on trying to relax more. Let's pay attention to our emotions, take a few deep breaths, and decide whether to spend our 45 free minutes napping or working on that project we had in mind. Both are good choices, and there's no reason we should feel guilty for choosing either.

Stripping down to realistic expectations: it's really that simple.

Happy New Year to you and yours. What are your #resolutions? Will you join me in the strip-down to what truly matters? How will you do so? Tell me your goals and aspirations below in the comments! xx