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New Year, Not the New You (Or Me)

Welcome to 2017! The last two weeks were filled with lots of family time, organizing my house, and starting to plan for the year ahead. There are lots of fun things planned for the blog and I'm looking forward to it! Hope you enjoy the upcoming posts, too! :-) So here we go. The first post of the new year!

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I'm not a fan of the phrase, "New Year, New You". Was the "old" me so terrible that I need to reinvent myself every January 1st? I completely agree that the beginning of a new year sparks some extra motivation to create goals and ideas about what one would like to accomplish in the year ahead. But does that mean abandoning who you were on December 31? We all have habits and tendencies and quirks that could use some improvement (or perhaps need to be given up entirely). So perhaps the phrase, "New Year, New Opportunities" is better? Or "New Year, Renewed Motivation"? Or maybe we should just stick with the obvious---"New Year" plain and simple?

While there are great intentions with creating goals and commitments for this new year, it can be a tricky slope to navigate. I feel like sometimes we are experiencing so much desire for improvement and change on January 1 that we aren't entirely realistic with our dreams for the future. I'm not trying to be a killjoy, I promise! Personally, I have experienced the let down that happens when my lofty goals are not met. The key is to find the balance between being realistic and being challenged. For example, I am only able to attend Stroller Strides classes one or two days each week and aside from my Body Back session over a year ago, I am historically not great at working out at home. So my goal is to workout at least three times/week, meaning that weeks that have one Stroller Strides class will have two at home workouts and weeks that have two Stroller Strides classes will have one at home workout. Once I establish that habit, my plan is to add in another day of working out at home. Baby steps. :-)

Let's see---what other improvements do I wish to make this year? I want to plan out my blogging and workout schedules two months in advance. I want to read more (at least one book/month). I want to figure out how to organize tiny toys. I want to keep my kitchen counter/dining table/husband's desk free of junk piles. I want to get rid of some of my clothes because, honestly, those capri jeans from 2006 are just not going to get worn again. They're eleven years old and have experienced four moves. CHANCES OF ME WEARING THEM AGAIN ARE ZILCH.

Excuse me while I go to my bedroom to get rid of them.

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Ok, I'm back. Thanks for waiting. ;-) But seriously, instead of allowing myself to take on the pressure of grandiose ideas and plans (which are well and good and should you choose to do that, please do!!), I'm trying to get back to the basics of what centers me and brings me balance. At the top of that list is certainly my faith and my family and my friends. How can I care for myself in order to fully embody the being that God has created? How can I create an environment, physically and mentally, that is relaxing and rejuvenating for me and those that I love? How can I become more organized and more aware of your needs so as to serve you, the FIT4MOM Grand Rapids moms, better?

I'm interested to see what sort of changes happen over the next few months. I operate well with schedules and plans so I know that over time, once these wants develop into habits, it will be incredibly worth it. Developing those habits take time and consistency and a concerted effort that can be daunting but I'm up for the challenge.

It may be a new year but please don't be on the look out for a new Allison. I'll be working on improvement and consistency and accomplishing tasks that might seem minute to some but will definitely make a big difference for me. :-)

Lots of love and prayers of motivation for you all!

Oh! And be on the lookout for a special Monday feature during the month of January, starting this Monday, the 9th!

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