And sadly, it marks the end of summer, even though summer technically isn't over until September 23rd...but the feeling of Fall is most definitely on its way. The month of September represents to me a fresh start, a time to set new goals, and to commit.
New Goals & Commitment
This summer has brought me to a new level of understanding. I feel that I have a far better grasp of what is happening around me and the relationships with those in my life. I have a better sense of the direction I want to go in and where I want to focus my energy each day and over the next year.
In the last couple of months, I have realized a few things about myself.
I love routines. I am not someone who enjoys chaos or being around it.
The month of August felt like a shit show. It felt like I couldn't catch up or keep up with things that were happening in my life, which is not enjoyable.
I fell off of my evening routine that consisted of getting everything ready for the next day - food, programming, gym/work stuff, etc., as well as foam rolling, writing, and reading before bed - that messed me up & after a month of not having that, I'm finally getting back to it and feeling sooo much better.
My tolerance for certain things is dwindling...quite fast.
Excuses -- I don't want to hear them. I know we all make excuses at times, but when you make so many excuses that it is preventing you from being present in your life or moving forward, then there's something wrong. Don't make yourself the victim. Be Your Own Hero.
Time -- do not waste my time and I will not waste yours. The biggest thing that I have struggled with as a human being and as a health coach is respecting and valuing myself and my time, and acknowledging that those in my life - family/friends/clients need to respect my time as well. If they don't, I am no longer afraid to walk away.
I've been making decisions with my mind, rather than my heart
I have always been a thinker rather than a do-er. I overthink every situation, I weigh the pros and cons, I research, etc. -- all of this makes me pretty damn anxious.
Nothing wrong with thinking things through...but there are situations where the heart/intuition should be leading the way. I need to make decisions based more on how I feel -- does it feel right or wrong? Is this what I truly want?
This new found clarity feels amazing...and I am not looking back. So for September and moving forward, I am committing to myself. What does that mean?
Being present, not living in the past nor in the future. Focusing on what I am doing right at that moment whether it's eating, training, spending time with friends, etc. Just be there.
Care for myself before others...that might sound selfish to some, but sometimes you need to be selfish or else you'll lose yourself.I believe that the only way someone can care for another is if they care for themselves first.
Acknowledging that I am free from judgement...I mean y'all can judge me, but I don't have to accept/acknowledge what you think. Example: one might think that I am 'too big'/have too much muscle mass and I shouldn't add any more size on. Okay, cool. That's their opinion, do I care?Nope because it is my body, my life, and my goals and that is all that matters.And their judgement is more of a reflection on them, than it is on me...🤷♀️
I Challenge You...
To pay a little more attention today, tomorrow, every day. Pick up on what you like and don't like, what you can tolerate and what you will no longer stand for. Get comfortable with putting your foot down, say no, do what you need to do, and take care of you.
Set goals. Determine what obstacles may get in the way, and avoid the damn excuses.
Create expectations of yourself and hold yourself to them. Set boundaries. Learn from it.
Commit to something -- be it yourself, relationships, your health, whatever you believe in