05 January 2015

Welcome Twenty Fifteen

Whoa. Hi Guys! You still out there??

 I feel like the past week or so has come and gone more quickly that I realized! I haven't sat down at my computer to write in a while. After Christmas, things kinda just got kicked into high gear. We went to the Ocean for a few days to unwind from the Holidays, and I've been spending a ton of time at the gym, sometimes going twice a day. I don't know what's gotten into me, but I've just felt the need to kick it into high gear. I suppose it could be that I'm amped about starting a New Year and I want to go into it the right way, with a lot of motivation.

Speaking of the New Year. HAPPY 2015 everyone!!! I'm honestly not really the kind of person that sets "new years resolutions" or anything like that. BUT, I did sort of tell myself that I would go into this year with a different mindset about health -- mental,  physical, and spiritual. That will be a huge focus for me.


Physically, I want to push myself to do things I normally wouldn't do. Well okay, nothing too crazy, don't get any ideas. I just mean that I want to do things like hiking, swimming, and weight lifting. But no running, I'm fairly certain I will never be good at, or enjoy running. So let's just be clear about that. ;-) Currently, I'm pretty heavy on the cardio exercise, which I absolutely love. And it's definitely good for me, but I need to strengthen other parts of my body and muscles. 

Mentally, my goals are just to give myself a break sometimes. I have this need to be a certain way, to keep up "appearances" sometimes. I think it stresses me out and just makes me a little insane sometimes. I want to take the pressure off of myself by allowing leniency to JUST BE ME. I know it sounds silly, like, why wouldn't I be ME all of the time? But I bet that if you look at your life, like really look at it, you will see a lot of things you'd do differently, if you felt it was "acceptable". Does that make sense? And because of that pressure, my mental state has suffered in the past. I'm really really going to work on just living the way that makes sense for me. Both in and out of the home.

Spiritually.. this is a tough one. It's one that is so personal for me, it's hard to talk about because each one of us is on our own journey. But for me, my goals really are just to find and strengthen the areas of my spiritual life that need it. I mean, overall, I have a very strong faith, but there are a lot of areas that I am either struggling with, or that I am just too comfortable with, that I've gotten complacent. Gosh, I'm being so vague and annoying, aren't I? Sorry about that.

I just think that this past few years, I've been a little bit scattered and disjointed in my efforts to improve myself. Things never really came together in the way that I wanted. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I just sort of want to work on my mind, body, and soul all together, in unison. I want all the parts of my life to come together and make sense for me, as a whole.

It's hard to explain, but maybe you understand?? lol. What are your goals for 2015??

27 comments:

Angela Price said...

I truly believe that mind, body, and spirit are all connected. It's so important to nurture all of them. Loved your post. Happy New Year!

Shannon Peterson said...

Totally unrelated but o love your scarf!
Also, I can relate to the just wanting to unify and better yourself. I'm hoping to be less disjointed this year too!

Danielle K said...

Great goals and I totally understand what you mean with them. I'm hoping to work on all areas - mental, physical, spiritual as well this year :)

Angela Hall said...

I too decided to approach this year with a different mind set and to work on my spiritual growth. Great post

The Crafty Frugaler said...

Great post! I agree it's so important to work on improving yourself in every aspect, not just one, and balance is key!

Along Came Mary said...

My biggest goal for the new year is making my blog bigger & better :) Good luck to all your goals!!

Alycia said...

Totally relate to this post! I am not huge on resolutions either, rather, I want to make myself better and make this the best year possible!

jyonash said...

I chose a word for 2015 and hope to be more "intentional" in all areas of my life!

Chrissy Fralick said...

Hahaha I totally understand what you are saying! Happy New Year!

Claire C. said...

You are so cute! Your goals are great and I know you can accomplish them :)

Karissa Ancell said...

That sounds like a great attitude and goals for this year!

Faith said...

I love your goals for this year! I think we all feel kinda scattered in the aftermath of babies and how quickly they are changing... I hope that 2015 is a fantastic year for you!

Michelle said...

Love that you're taking the time to define your objectives! The "Holiday Hangover" can take over your January and put ya' in a slump!!!!

Tania T said...

Happy new year!I can totally related with what you said.Sometimes it's so relief when you realized you are not the only one.For the past 3 years my life changes so fast over and over again.And I've lost myself.So I'll say Happy Now Year.This isn't mine.I have read it somewhere.

Kelly said...

I agree - it's so hard to take the pressure off. We are our own worst critics! Happy New Year and good luck with your goals!

xxo,
Kelly
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Kim Seghers said...

I get it but, don't beat yourself up. It will all come together for you . Wishing you the best New Year and good luck with your goals!

Lauren Richardson said...

first off, Happy New Year! Second, I totally get everything you are talking about...and I need to give myself a break too!!

Alyssa Zapinski said...

Best wishes to you on your adventure through 2015! <3

Kyla Currier said...

My goals are similar, a healthy mind body and soul! Best wishes to a great 2015!

Katie said...

I have so many goals for 2015 and I really think it's going to be such a good year. I truly believe it is! I start a new job in February and am working on countless other exciting projects so I can't wait. I totally understand your goals. They make so much sense!

Katie <3

Caroline Barnes said...

Love you goals! Have a great year!

Britnee Hadlee said...

I love how you made this about you! Sometimes we forget about us. Mind, body and spirit are all important and if one of them is down it affects the other. Happy New Year!

Deb said...

I so appreciate this! I love how real and honest it is. Looking at ourselves closely, and then sharing it with others can feel so raw and vulnerable, but I feel that is where the learning and connecting is created. Excited to hear more about your journey throughout the year.

Rebekah Clarke said...

I don't think anyone actually enjoys running... I think those that do lie. There is nothing to enjoy about running lol. Happy new year!

Lindsay / The Planted Palate said...

I am just not a runner either! I would much rather walk my dogs, hike, or take a yoga/pilates class :) Oh that scarf looks gorgeous on you!

kimberlybolden.com said...

Mandy,

I want to encourage you to find a mentor or an accountability partner to help support you and navigate as you seek peace and strength in your spiritual walk and for peace of mind. Thanks for being vulnerable.

Tara Joy said...

I am with you on the running! Though I hated running until I completed by first 5K and though I still don't like it I feel like I really accomplished something!

My goals are to start eating "real" food, veggies, fruits non processed. So that I can hopefully gain more energy and balance my thyroid out! And to continue with my french learning!