“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand
Despite everyone seeming to have such a pessimistic view of 2016, it was the best 2016 I will ever have. Because there is only one, and it’s just about over, and now is a good time to reflect. This past year was full of adventures and memories I’ll never forget. I traveled to San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and across the state of Missouri (as always). We went on a float trip over Fourth of July weekend. That weekend, the weather reported a chance for “spotted showers”…and then poured during the entirety of the float down the river. It certainly was memorable. I moved in with Kyle (and Sam and Ben), I started grad school – and finished the first semester with a 4.0, and I started this blog. I learned things about myself, and probably forgot some things too. I learned not to take life so seriously and to let things go. Holding onto negative thoughts and feelings only serves to bring yourself down.
I’ve come up with a few resolutions for myself that I think everyone can benefit from:
- Read. Read the newspaper, read your favorite book 13 times, read the nutrition facts label (hint hint 😉 ), read something new…just read. Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your muscles. Although, cardio exercise is a great way to maintain your mental health as well. Full circle! I foresee myself reading a lot about nutrition this year #gradschoollife, but during my breaks from school I plan to read for fun (not that I don’t love reading about nutrition, I AM a dietitian/foodie afterall!), and start chipping away at my continuously growing list of books to read. I will probably re-read Harry Potter since my brother got me a spankin’ new set of Harry Potter books for Christmas!
- Practice mindfulness. This is something I still work on daily. I’ve read a book about it and have a lot of thoughts that I’ll share at some point in the future. We live in such a fast-paced, on-the-go society, that it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of daily life and we don’t stop often enough to appreciate what’s going on around us and how food and life make us feel.
- Stop thinking about food as either “good” or “bad”. Food is supposed to nourish our bodies and make us feel good. So instead of saying, “this food is bad for me,” or “I’m being bad by eating this food,” let’s make statements like, “this food makes me feel good,” or “this food makes me feel like poop [or have to poop],” – whichever the case may be 😉 .
- Do something that challenges you. I cannot make a suggestion for you on this point because it will be different for everyone. This is grad school for me. But I’m ready for it.
When making resolutions, there is nothing wrong with making large goals – to eat healthier, or work out more – but also consider breaking down those large goals into smaller, more manageable goals. Goals such as including a vegetable with every meal, or spending at least 20 minutes walking 3 days a week. Focus on every single positive thing you do that helps you to reach your ultimate goals. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and intimidated by focusing on the future and what could be, that you lose sight of the little, enjoyable things in life.
In a ‘nutchelle’, focus on you and what you want to accomplish. Don’t try to be anyone else or who/what someone wants you to be. Find the joy in life! Bring it on 2017!