This year went by so fast! It’s amazing to me how time used to stand still when I was younger. All I could think about was when I would get my driver’s license or what college would I attend.2017 was full of excitement and angst from health care reform to natural disasters to social justice movements. It was a dynamic year.
The last couple of weeks before the new year are filled with a ton of different things such as traveling, buying gifts and cooking delicious food. Through all of the madness, I try to accomplish a few things to get started on the right track before the new year.
Among all of the dishes you learn to make, roasting a chicken should be one of them. But I don’t actually want to talk about roasting a chicken, sorry to disappoint if you were looking for a step-by-step process. You can find that here.You should learn to roast a chicken because it’s important to make something you’re proud of. This includes more than just food. It could be a new and improved version of yourself. Think about your own ability to fix or create something, and how that makes you feel. To me, that’s the first step in healing, self-care and getting to know yourself.
Stress is everywhere. What do I eat for dinner? Did I finish everything at work? Will I make my best friend’s birthday party? Did I make a good first impression? Have I allotted enough money for my rainy-day fund? The list goes on forever. But how much of this stress do we put on ourselves? And how much of it is imposed upon us? I’m honestly one of those people that gets the lines blurred here…heck, I probably don’t always get it right. But what I can say from my experience, is that you need to slow down. I know, shocking. Slow down and ask yourself these three questions.
Many of my greatest experiences have come after being uncomfortable, whether it was for a month or for a year. There are countless of examples of this but consider the angst of getting into college, securing your first job, buying your first home, deciding to marry someone or even losing someone. These experiences come with a ton of mixed emotions and feelings, but they usually can work in your favor – even when your favor could be perceived as negative (initially). I’ve thought about how I try to deal with being uncomfortable, or totally let down, and there are three things I always keep in mind.
Chocolate, Chipotle, Cheese. YES. There you are to taunt me again. Just when I thought I had pushed the thought of you to the back burner while I focus on developing a broader food palette. Why do these things taunt us? It’s a terrible thing to want something, knowing you can’t have it or that the side effects outweigh the delight. Find out how I control my food cravings.
Ahhh, that time of year again when everyone is pushing their new year’s resolution lists, tips and tricks in your face, on your timeline and during dinner. It seems like every year someone gets more creative with what they want to do with their lives in 20xx from sky diving to owning a home. But really, why is there so much emphasis towards the end of the year on what Jan 1st 20xx will look like?
Constantly exercising and listening to my body is what helps me monitor my asthma as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle. There’s hope when you know your body, because in turn, you know your limits. And somehow, you get your power back.
Shifting your energy to something new and positive can help you from dwelling on the negative. You're in control of how you react to whatever life throws your way - so make decisions that align with your purpose.