Yes, I know we are already a week in, but I didn’t want to bombard you at the start of the new year plus I secretly thought my email might get lost amongst all your other new year ones.
Newsflash! We didn’t just start a new year people…we started a new decade and how cool is it that we are now living in the year 2020. When I think if 2020, I think of perfect vision or clarity of sight, and when I think of that I try to envision as clearly as I can the most empowered, vibrant, healthy and fully alive version of myself possible.
As I set out to finish off 2019 strong, I started planning my future year. I turn 40 this year and maybe that’s one of the reasons I was so passionate about being intentional about this year. I want it to count. Who doesn’t?
Last year as part of my personal growth I started listening to podcasts during idle time in my day like driving in the car, folding laundry, breastfeeding, cooking dinner etc. and I loved it. It opened me up to new ways of thinking, pointed me in the direction of some of the best books and leaders I had ever come across in my life to this point and I really enjoyed it. I also never road rage because I no longer mind being in my car if I am engaged in a thought-provoking podcast. What I also loved about this was that I felt more productive. Do you have any idea how many hours I spend breastfeeding in a 24-hour period lol……that’s a lot of podcasts folks.
On one of these podcasts a speaker named John Maxwell made the comment that you are either growing or you are dying and I am 100% sure all of you would prefer to be growing so whether you like new year’s resolutions or not I highly suggest you try these game changing things in 2020 or spend the time focused on ways that you can grow yourself physically, emotionally, professionally, creatively, whatever….just grow.
1. Start Listening to Podcasts
My first obsession this year was the Rise Podcast by Rachel Hollis. She is a powerhouse and a bit of a firecracker which I loved and ladies she is the first woman podcaster to be featured in the Business category so there’s that. A few others I love are;
- Rise Together Podcast -Rachel & Dave Hollis
- Straight Up – Trent Shelton
- TED Talks Daily – TED
- Oprah Super Soul Conversations – OWN
- The Dave Ramsey Show – Ramsey Network
- The Goal Digger Podcast – Jenna Kutcher
- The Gary Vee Audio Experience – Gary Vaynerchuk
2. Read Instead of Watching TV
How many of you are guilty of popping yourself in front of a TV without the faintest idea of what you really want to watch and just allowing the TV guide or Netflix to tell you what you want? You know I am right and we have all done it but what if you made a different choice and instead of filling your eyes, ears and brain with the psychotic behaviour of Joe from the Netflix series “You” for example, you actually thought about an area of your life you would like to grow in and read a book instead. Benefits are that you will learn, a side benefit is that you will actually sleep better too. Studies show that reducing screen time before bed helps with sleep.
3. Drink Water and lots of it
Your body is a well-oiled machine…or it should be. In order to function properly like any good piece of machinery your body needs fuel (good food and water). You all know I love to eat healthy foods hence why I opened Vibe Eatery but did you also know that just to function properly your organs require approx. 1.5 litres of water a day. In order to function optimally you need more than that. I drink my body weight in ounces …. yes, you heard that correctly. So, if you weigh 150lbs you should drink 150 ounces of water which is 4.4 litres. I legit carry a 1 litre bottle of water with me everywhere I go and that’s how I get it done. Side benefits are your skin will glow, your body will be detoxed, you regulate your body temperature better, it lubricates the joints and so much more. Yes, of course you pee more often but who cares…. Nurses probably care actually because I know how hard it must be to get a pee break when you’re a nurse.
4. Go to bed at a set bedtime
You might not want to admit this but just like toddlers need sleep or they turn into tyrants, we grown-ups need sleep just as much. My Son Noah turns into a raging lunatic after 7:30PM so my husband and I just know that is his cut-off time and it is in everyone’s best interest if we get him down by then. You are no different and if you think for one second that you are beyond behaving like a toddler think again. When you stay up late you are more irritable, less rational, more emotionally unstable and you want snacks….am I right? Set a bed time, plan your life around that and stick to it. Start getting ready for bed 2 hours before your set time. Drink a relaxing tea, put technology away, read a book in your pj’s etc. but start shutting down.
Don’t make yourself do something physical that you hate. Choose something you like. Keep trying different types of workouts until you find something you enjoy. It shouldn’t feel like punishment. Moving your body for 30 minutes every day should be a celebration of what your body can do vs punishment for what you’ve eaten. Think about that.
I am passionate about healthy food, but also just general wellness and I hope you have all started the new year off well. If you are around town pop in to see us and say Hi and if you are looking for some healthy food options, then we would love to see you.
Until next time,
Eat Well, Feel Well, Live Well
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