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2017 Resolutions

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Apparently, the last time I shared my new year resolutions on this blog was 5 years ago. Hmm. After perusing said resolutions, I had to laugh because I kid you not, I’m sitting here on January 2, 2017, again attempting to “embrace” my natural waves (aka trying my hardest NOT to resemble an electrocuted poodle). Friends, I’ve faced the facts and am choosing to practice acceptance that the natural wave resolution will never make it past January. #isurrender #wheresmyhairdryer

But! I do have some resolutions for this year beyond the current state of my mane.

2016 was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me, truth be told. Lessons learned, and frankly, am still working through some stuff. (Aren’t we all?!) I’m usually the type to look for the best in a situation (or at least the humor in it), but this past year smacked me around a bit. It’s hard when you realize that some people don’t have the best intentions. And it hurts. Period.

I spent the latter part of the year feeling ungrounded and disconnected, to the point of literal dizziness and unbalance. Lack of clarity and focus was a huge challenge for me this past year, and I am officially declaring NO BUENO.

First resolution? To lighten up. My lovely friend Monica summed it up beautifully in her post.

This doesn’t mean abandon all responsibility or ignore the reality of what is going on in the world around me. It just means that on a daily basis, the way I live my life and interact with my family and friends, I want to find a lighter approach. I’m constantly up in my head or diving deep into my heart and it’s made me so heavy.

Yes. This.

On the surface, I appear to be pretty damn bubbly, but don’t be fooled. I too am constantly up in my head or diving deep into my heart. And yes, it’s made me so so heavy.

I want to lighten up, which leads me to Resolution #2.

I want to sweat.

I did a lot of thinking last year. A LOT OF THINKING. And you know what overthinking will do, don’t you? Stagnate the physical body. And that stagnation leads to feeling stuck, which then makes you overthink why you’re stuck, rinse and repeat.

I want to shift my focus to the wonderful, whimsical aspects of life.

So. We all know sweating can help detox the body, clear the mind, boost endorphins (happy juice for the brain!), and invigorate the immune system. So why I am I not sweating my ass off? BECAUSE I’VE BEEN SITTING AROUND THINKING, THAT’S WHY. (And, let’s face it. It’s the hair, I tell you. I don’t want to have to wash it every day, folks. Do you feel me?)

(See how that happened? We’ve come full circle on the subject of hair. Shocker.)

Sweat. How am I going to make this happen?

1. Exercise – this is the obvious avenue to take, and although yoga will always, always be my basecamp of sorts, I am stepping up my cardio big time. My sister just opened a pilates hybrid studio here in Oklahoma City called Beyond Studios which has a circuit training class called the 500 that literally makes me feel like I might puke. In other words, it is awesome and kicks my ass in the best way possible. (psst – she’s offering a great deal now through the Jan 15th – locals, come hang with us!) So, circuit training, Pilates, and of course, yoga. Sweat. Lots of it.

2. Another way to sweat? Dancing. I want to dance around my house. With my kids. Late into the night with my friends. There is nothing more liberating and spirit-lifting than dancing to the beat of good music. People, we don’t dance enough, and I am on a mission to change that. Late night dance parties, here I come. Sweating mandatory.

3. Taking a risk. Saying yes. Doing something that makes you nervous and/or giddy. Pursuing your passion. A little sweat-inducing, yes?

Yeah. I want to do more of that. In the queue so far, the Women’s March on Washington in a few weeks, and London and Paris in March.

All to say, if you see me running around town looking like a hot mess and giggling to myself, just know I’m killing it this year.

Who’s in? 2017, let’s do this thing.

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  • Joy

    January 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

    We’re on similar pages! My “word” for the year is Lightheartedness. I’ve been so weighed down with anger and bitterness at how my life/career hasn’t been turning out how I wanted it to, despite hard work, but MAN do I need to let that go. So, more fun in 2017 for me. :) And I love your “more dancing” resolution. Reading that reminded me that I used to dance around the living room a lot more than I have in the past few years…I’ve got to bring that back because, well, fun!

  • Jennifer H

    January 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    YES to #2! I don’t know you and don’t live in OKC but if I did we could dance through the streets together!
    Cheers!

  • Jen

    January 4, 2017 at 9:43 am

    For the last six months of 2016 I finally committed to a regular workout routine with a fantastic personal trainer who also ran small group classes. It was really life-changing, and I couldn’t believe how simple it really was. I just moved from CA to CO in early December, and haven’t gotten fully into my workout routine yet, and I am feeling it. The good news is that I’ve found a new trainer with a similar setup and will jump back in next week when her classes start up again. But for me, sweating is key to banishing all the random, anxious thoughts that creep in otherwise.

  • sara vartanian

    January 5, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I’m with you on being more light-hearted! I feel like the last year or so I’ve become ever so serious and I need to laugh more right from my gut! Here’s to killing it in 2017!