This is one of my favorite times of the year, when work is slow, there is more time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.
With the year almost over and a new one about to begin, it's also the best time to REFLECT and get organized for an even better new year.
It's been an amazing year, so it's worth it to take a second and EMBRACE that and be thankful.
Here are 3 ways to maximize your year-end and set yourself up for another amazing year:
1) Take 5-10 minutes to think back over the past year, and make a mental note of all your accomplishments in 2017. Now jot them down! I bet you'll be surprised about how much you've done.
I know personally, I'm always stressing about not doing enough, but today I looked back over the past 12 months and realized that it's been truly life-changing. I started a new life, in a new country, and opened up a beautiful holistic barre studio, Balance Studio, in my new home town, Managua. And most importantly, I have HELPED A TON OF PEOPLE change their bodies, and achieve their health goals overall. That alone is worth a million bucks for me. Then in my personal life, I created a new home with my new husband which has been a daily ongoing task over the past year that i have loved 100%.
Even with all these major successes and personal blessings, I know that 2018 will be even better. Which brings me to step 2.
2) Set three S.M.A.R.T. goals for the new year.
We tend to just throw these big resolutions in the air, and then get disappointed when we don't accomplish them, but make this year different by taking the time to WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS, and break them down into actionable steps. For each goal, write what you want to have accomplished by the end of each quarter (90 day goals), then brainstorm a few steps you can take each month in Q1-2018 to help you reach that goal (aka break down into monthly goals). At the end of each month revisit these goals, and use them as your guidance for your daily goals.
Take out your journal (or phone/tablet/laptop), and do it now. It's important to acknowledge and accept that your quarterly goals and monthly steps will change as the year progresses. Maybe even your final goal will get modified, AND THAT'S OK. Allow for things to progress naturally, but keep your goals in mind and work towards them every month, and every day.
To help stay on top of your monthly/weekly/daily goals, try using a BULLET JOURNAL; it's my personal favorite.
3) Think of one person that helped make 2017 an amazing year for you, or just sometime you love, and call them now to tell them you love them and you're thankful for their support. It will make their day, and yours as well.
Once you're done with these 3 tasks, grab your green juice, coffee or mimosa, relax, and have an amazing day.
Here is some additional reading on STAYING HEALTHY DURING YOUR HOLIDAYS:
5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday
10 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving and Holiday Season
5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
3 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving
Wishing you lots of success and happiness for the new year. Relax, enjoy delicious food, take some time to jot down your goals, give thanks, and of course, join me for a 7-day or 10-day detox in the New Year!