SIMPLICITY My intention for 2019
To be honest, initially I was not really keen to set goals for 2019. The last few years have been a whirl of goal setting, pressure and smashing them. With my personality type, I will always give a 110% and that is my gold but also my shadow. I tend to overwork myself and end up with busy syndrome. But when I read about the idea of an overall intention for my year, I thought it was a good, non-pressurized to approach 2019.
I am a chronic over-thinker and uber achiever. It’s hard for me switch off and not give a 110% to anything that I attempt in my life. With this goal of simplification I don’t want to take away the very characteristics that make me, well me. But I do want to focus on approaching life simpler.
The fact that I have started a new job last week, and have to learn new skills and want to challenge and push my limits career-wise, will mean that my studies may take a back seat for a while and that is okay too. Life, as I’ve noticed, ebbs and flows, through ups an downs aligned with the different phases we experience. Phases where education may be more important or where family and friendships may take the limelight. What I’ve learnt is that as much as it’s good to follow your head, following your heart is also good for your general happiness.
It’s really important for me at this stage of my journey to let go of unnecessary pressures and focus on living the life I’ve worked so hard to build.
So for now, my only career goal is to survive this new job, to adapt, to learn and to add value. To make the most of a fantastic opportunity and to give myself the much needed rest and freedom in the evenings to do as I please. Whether it’s to read, blog, do a short course or just loaf on the couch. Maybe even a jam on the drumkit once a week. No pressure, no insatiable need to keep busy, just simply to live.
To keep to the simplicity theme, I’ve broken down my main goals for my physical and mental health.
1️⃣ Sweat: Run my first half-marathon
I’ve really been enjoying the way I am naturally pushing myself to improve my running, and a half-marathon just seems like the logical next step.
Of course there is the goals of wanting to do several programs this year, like the new FIERCE by Chontel Duncan and BUILD by Stephanie Sanzo in the Sweat app. There’s also MOVE by Natacha Oceane that I’ve had since last year which I really want to try too as I love her approach to working out.
I’ve realised that I really love to move my body in different ways so I have joined the gym to potentially swim and try different thing during lunch times. Moving during the day has always been important for my general health and I would like to see if I can manage twice-a-day workouts, high intensity in the morning and low intensity during lunch.
2️⃣ Fuel: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants
Post holiday season the temptation was really tough to resist starting to track my calories and macros again, added the additional time I have all of a sudden, it seemed to be the most logical thing to do. BUT I decided against it as it went directly against my intention for the year, to simplify the way I live.
So I decided to stick to Michael Pollan’s philosophy from the documentary, “In Defense of Food” : Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. So simple but yet so effective. Adding more fruit and veggies to my daily meals and snacks, and just general avoiding anything that is processed. Of course there will always be space for chocolate. There is no place for restriction in my eating habits.
3️⃣ Think: Heal from the past. Focus on the present.
I really want to focus on being more present during conversations, build relationships even more and make time for family and friends that mean the world to me. I’ve been able to meet amazing people that’s been there for me with no judgement, and has shown me so much kindness.
Unfortunately towards the latter part of 201 I’ve also had to face some hurtful realizations about a pivotal relationship in my life. How it’s affected my personality, my other relationships and general behavior. Such epiphanies are both liberating and heart sore but I am harnessing myself with tools to let go and to heal.