This new year began in an unexpected and somewhat annoying way. I typically like to jot down my intentions before the new year begins, I like to have alone time for reflection and a vivid focus and vision of what the year ahead will look like for me, at least in the areas that I can control. All of those desires went out the car window (literally and figuratively) for me as I brought in the New Year from the backseat of my SUV on the (for once) desolate 405 freeway heading home early from my family adventures up North.
My adventures up to Big Sur and San Francisco took an interesting and unexpected turn from a serious case of poison oak that infested my beloved Alex. To my mother-in-law losing her international cell phone, to the flat tire that revealed itself as we had just loaded our bags and drove 50 feet in the direction of home in hopes to head back early. Luckily the repairs were quick, we received honest work at a good price and the mechanics were close to Gracias Madre for a nourishing meal.
The immediate days following New Years, I caught a virus and also had trouble sleeping due to the anxiety I was feeling from not having accomplished as much work as I would have liked this Holiday Season. For an already sleep and work deprived mama this was not helping me heal. I’ll admit I was feeling pretty annoyed, defeated and confused. After a pep-talk with my beloved Alex who optimistically said “things can only go up from here” (what a saint, mind you he was covered from head to ankle with poison oak), I began to refocus on the positive.
Only in taking the time to write this post now, I am beginning to realize that there is deep beauty in all of this. I am starting the New Year off in the exact way it is supposed to be. I’m being given the opportunity to grow from my challenges, to reflect on how I handle annoying situations that are out of my control and to cleanse my body of anything that could potentially weigh me down in this New Year. I’m also being given the opportunity to start this year New. With positive thought patterns, fresh responses to promote happiness and health and a stronger immune system. This cold is brining forth a vigor in me as well as forcing me to slow down now. Rest assured, I’ll be full speed ahead with the long anticipated release of my book only eleven weeks away and a nine month old baby on the verge of running any day now!
Although I didn’t bring in this New Year exactly as I had hoped, I do realize it was perfectly imperfect. In fact, just by writing this post, I can actually see my resolutions coming into sharper focus. With that being said, stay tuned sweet reader for there are some exciting events and content on the bright horizon.
Since we all strive to better ourselves regardless of New Years or not I wanted to keep us all on track with this simple everyday green juice video!
Curious about what I’m doing to help my body/mind let go and heal? Have a look:
Rest even if I can’t sleep
Standing or sitting in sunshine
Affirmations (You can only go up from here)
Wishing you a Love-Fed 2015!