Happy December lovelies! We’re officially in the midst of the holidays and I am in full holiday spirit! Along with Christmas quickly approaching, the New Year is only a month away. There are now 30 days left of 2019. Is there something that you want to leave behind and let go of before the New Year?
I know that there’s often this heavy expectation placed on the New Year being a new, fresh chapter of our lives that’s filled with bright new opportunities and experiences. I’m a firm believer in the fact that our energies and our mindsets will lay out the path for the opportunities that come to us. You attract the energy you put out there, so it really does begin with you. I’ve talked about things to do before setting your New Years goals on the blog, but I haven’t touched on things you should leave behind to allow yourself to grow and move on.There are definitely a few things that I’d like to let go of which have hindered my growth for long enough. Here is a list of things to truly consider leaving behind in 2019
This is a big one that’s on the top of my list- and it’s definitely not serving me in any way. Since once again being able to work after being a full-time student again, I’ve been spending my money so recklessly. I’m sure some of you can relate- you get paid, you start spending a little here and there, and then all of a sudden you’re anxiously awaiting your next payday. It’s time to break the cycle of anxiety and start saving, rather than spending on things I could skip out on.
NOT MAKING YOURSELF A PRIORITY
When is the last time you made yourself a priority? Like, really put yourself first, focused on how you felt and did something that made you happy? This is honestly one of the best things you can do for yourself, and it’s beneficial to everyone around you too. Working on your energy and what you put out into the world is so important because it affects our relationships with not only ourselves, but those around us. People are drawn to and feel good when they’re around someone who has put work into themselves, accepts themselves and is happy in their own skin.
Any past grudges or grievances that I’ve had, I’d like to leave behind in 2019. Sometimes, there are things that happen which hurt us deeply and take more time to heal from. I don’t mean that you should simply forget about those and move on. You should take as much time as you need to genuinely deal with and heal from. We can’t just turn on a switch and completely let go of something heavy- so please don’t expect that from yourself. I do however, want to leave behind any old arguments, fights or grudges that I’ve had which I find myself ruminating over, even after the dust has settled. There’s simply no room for past grudges, anger and resentment from what’s already done in 2020- so let that go!
NOT LOVING YOUR BODY
When I think of all the years I’ve spent criticizing, loathing and wanting to change my body, I feel so regretful. Even though I still struggle with my body to this day, I’ve realized that I am so lucky to have my body. I’m healthy and I have a body that takes me everywhere I go each day. This body let’s me go for walks with my dog, go to yoga, workout and go on all of the adventures I’ve gone on over the years. I’m so lucky to have it. I’m not saying that we’re all going to wake up in the New Year and completely let go of our body image struggles. But, loving your body is a choice that takes a lot of effort, and it’s a choice that you can make today.
Is it just me, or is there always something to feel guilty about? Whether it’s feeling guilty that I don’t work enough hours, I don’t spend enough time with family, I am not doing enough – guilt always seems to rear it’s ugly head. I know this all too well and am working diligently on leaving my guilt behind. Feeling guilt behind most of your decisions often stems from anxiety and from worrying that you’re not where you think you should be. Rather than dwell on what you feel you’re doing wrong, accept where you are, exactly at this moment. Express your gratitude over what you do have, and over what you’re putting your effort into. It’s a process- a journey, and it’s one way too short for carrying around the burden of guilt with us the entire way.
What are some things you want to leave behind in 2019? Have you thought about what you hope to let go of? I’d love to hear about your thoughts on this.