I wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year, and may 2021 be filled with good health, peace and love!
2020 is very soon to be no more...Anyone complaining?!
There's really no need to go over ALL the ups and downs of the past year. You know them all too well. We all do. Crazy year, on steroids!
And moving on, this time of year is usually reserved for looking ahead. Creating what you want to see in the coming year. For making promises, resolutions, goals, game plans, mantras, anchor words, intentions...did I miss any? All great ideas. They set you on your best path, your trajectory, help you start the year off right. Much the way a morning routine sets you up for a successful day. Again all good. By all means, do these things if they feel like a good way to end an insane year.
For me, however, this year I have decided on a different plan...to look at the past year with compassion, acceptance and appreciation. And to continue to do so in the coming year.
If you have read my latest Instagram or Facebook post, you know I've created a new thought for setting the wheels in motion for next year. After years of creating many of the aforementioned intentions (which, by the way, have been mostly effective), I have nevertheless decided to forego all the calculations and looking back to spring directly ahead and just BE AUTHENTICALLY ME. Maybe its the fact that this year, in particular, I feel less need to analyze the ups and downs (been there, done that), or to weigh and measure things that already happened as though I am keeping score. For this year that feels unnecessary (just to me, not judging if a look back feels useful to you at the moment). Right now, looking back feels like an opportunity to be critical and judgmental of 'how I did.' 2020 has been so unusual in every way, that old benchmarks just don't feel right. I got through 2020. Good enough. I felt joy at some points and lots (understatement) of upset too. I've felt really elated, and very disappointed. I have achieved, and grieved. It's been great and difficult. A lot of everything.
So 2021: I will welcome you with open arms,
and in doing so, I will embrace myself.
2020 was the crazy year it was, and 2021 will carry it's own set of surprises. So without trying to figure anything out, I am just going to come as I am, keep it simple, and
Be Authentically Me.
Accept myself wholly and enthusiastically. Not just the best me, but the whole me. All parts of me. Every good day, good move, good idea, good hair day (yeah, it's a thing with me.) AND every not so good day, attitude, business decision, life plan, whatever. I am embracing all of it as part of radical self-acceptance and self-love. To see and acknowledge it all affirms my human-ness, and makes me Me.
And I am inviting you to try this too, if it sounds like a plan for you. You are here to be YOU, there's no other person on the planet with your combination of goods and bads, kindness and snarkiness, quirky things and jerky things. The job you are doing on the planet is one only you can do. So do it with style, your style. Own it fully, and those who love you for it will appreciate what you bring to the party, and those who don't will find some other place to hang. Owning the REAL YOU is ultimately the BEST YOU, and can only be appreciated by others if you first accept it yourself.
Happy, Healthy, Safe New Year!
I look forward to seeing you (the real you) in 2021.
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Let's stay connected...even more often!
To all my social media lovers, in addition to my presence on Facebook, I've finally joined the world of Instagram! Communicating on social media has been a great way to talk directly to the women I love, women like you. I enjoy hearing what you have to say, and seeing what resonates most with you as you navigate life during these 'tricky' times. My Instagram content is a bit more 'bite-sized' than these newsletters, but don't worry, they are still full of all the relevant intel! I am still discussing issues related to feeling better as you age, and will cover everything from food, movement, and lifestyle issues, to self-expression, slowing down and embracing joy.
I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram @wellnesscoachlori for discussions about things that can help you feel like you are aging better, and more importantly, like you are continuing to grow. And staying connected right now is a truly important way to learn, to thrive and to feel supported during these very challenging times.
Please come join me in this new way!
And as always, if there is any way I can help you get through a personally challenging time, or to meet your goals (big or small), while we are living life a little differently, click here and schedule a free discovery call. Then we can discuss how I can provide the system, stretch and accountability you need to get over some of the hurdles you are experiencing with respect to your health and life goals.
Together, we can take one step at a time so you experience life in a way that truly reflects the person you want to be as you age.
In Good Health,