Hello 2017! Whatever your feelings are as we enter the new year, I'm sure you have either considered, dismissed, or committed to some new year's resolutions. I have written before about a yogic approach to resolutions, and, while I stand by that post, this year, I want to try something a little different.
I know I'm not the only one who has some...difficulty with self-discipline. Last year, I made a seemingly simple resolution to do a single sun salutation every day. It might have lasted a couple months but, by summer, it was a distant memory. While I was good about not beating myself up about it (yay progress!), it got me thinking about a new way to set resolutions. After all, isn't the running joke that by mid-January, the gyms are empty again? Why do we insist on setting ourselves up for failure?
Perhaps, a whole year is too much weight to carry. Not to say that a year long intention isn't valuable (of course, it is), but, maybe, we would find more success by taking slightly smaller bites. So, I thought, why not set a New Month Resolution instead? You might still have an over-all theme for your resolutions, you might even choose to stick to the same one each month, but doesn't it feel more manageable to think about 30 days rather than 365?
In the interest of both accountibility and, perhaps, inspiration, I would like to share with you some of my own goals, intentions, and my first monthly resolution. If this is something that resonates with you, please read the end of this post.
For the year: Like I said, I still think it's valuable to consider the year as a whole. I realized at the end of 2016, I had almost completely neglected any activity that fed my soul. I wasn't moving, I wasn't creating, and that caused me to feel completely stuck and stale. I gave myself no outlets for my thoughts or feelings and, I'll tell ya, I am feeling the effects. I hope to be able to travel more and just generally get my sh*t together. I feel as though I have languished too long.
For my business: For the next six months, I want to create more online content. My goal is to upload at least one new video to my yoga channel on youtube every week and I also have a couple of online courses I want to flesh out. I am giving myself six months to stick to this and see if it's something I really enjoy and if it serves people. I also intend to send out an email newsletter/blog post once a month.
January's New Month Resolution: While I have a million ideas floating around, the one that resonates the most with me right now is nightly journaling. Like I mentioned above, I haven't given myself much of an outlet for my thoughts and feelings and this seems like a really great practice for that. So, at the end of each day in Januray, I will write in a journal, even if I just write "I'm too tired to write" or "I have nothing to say".
I will be sharing each new resolution in my monthly emails (check out the homepage if you are interested in signing up), as well as a short re-cap of my experience during the previous month. However, I got to thinking, if more folks would like to join me in this experiment, wouldn't it be great to have a communal place we can share our goals and support each other? So, if this resonates with you and you would be interested, leave a comment here or send an email letting me know. I will set up a private Facebook group just for us where we can share our resolutions, our findings, and ask for/offer support. Let's rock 2017!