Happy New Year!
Today is the beginning of 12 new chapters. It’s the first of 365 opportunities. It’s 52 chances to turn dreams into realities. 2018 is in the past. All the mistakes, failures, and disappointments are behind us.
Social media influencers and life coaches are busy. Newsfeeds are full of memes and posts motivating us to be “better” and to set intentions. I hate NYD intentions. We make a grand promise to the universe and then feel like a complete failure a year later vowing to get it right next year. Last year I adopted a mantra rather than set an intention. My mantra was Just Breathe. When life became overwhelming, when problems turned into crisis, and I felt like there was no room left in my rope to tie another knot I would tell myself ” Just Breathe.” I would close my eyes and take slow deep breaths. It was calming. It brought clarity. I included meditation in my morning routine. Looking back at 2018 and how I used this mantra rather than try to live by a goal-based intention I am so grateful for the inspiration, peace, and hope my mantra gave me. Because it worked so well last year, I’m doing it again this year.
This year’s mantra is three words – Refresh, Nourish, Connect. They were chosen to remind me to take care of myself first. The ups and downs of the last couple of years has taught me that if you do not put yourself first then you will wind up depleted emotionally and mentally with nothing to give to those who depend on you most.
Refresh. This word reminds me to take time out to pause and reset. It’s a reminder that it’s not lame, lazy, or selfish to go to bed early or take a nap. It’s taking time to recharge my energy levels. It’s not silly to sit with my crystals and my singing bowl and meditate. It’s taking time to clear out the noise in my mind. It gives me peace and allows me to focus.
Nourish. To me this word is about so much more than food. Yes, I will be trying to lose weight this year, and I’ve signed up with Weight Watchers to help me on that journey. But, I’m not interested in just nourishing my body. This word is my reminder to nourish my mind and soul as well as my body. Nourish is my reminder to carve out time to curl up on the sofa under a blanket and read. Nourish is the mantra I will use as I reconnect with my Lutheran traditions and grow spiritually. Nourishment is for the body, mind, and the soul.
Connect. This word is my reminder that I am not an island. It’s not irresponsible to ignore the household chores and spend time with friends. It’s a reminder to put my phone away when I am with my family and friends. I spend enough of my day staring at a screen. Face to face human connection is important for our mental health. Connect is about sharing ideas and starting conversations.
These three words – refresh, nourish, and connect will be the themes that guide my blog writing this year. I’ve redesigned my blog space around them and you’ll find tabs under the menu labeled Refresh, Nourish, Connect. I’ve mapped out blog posts for January, February, and March. This month, I am focusing on Refresh. I’ll share with you all the ways I am taking time to rest, recharge, and revive my mind, body, and soul. I welcome your ideas, thoughts, and opinions in the comments.
What is your new year tradition? What are your intentions or mantras? What do you think of when you hear the word refresh?