Updated: Dec 3, 2022
Before we get too deep into the holidays and are overwhelmed with a very long to-do list, let's take a moment to find some gratitude for this past year and all we have learned and become.
The past two, almost three years, have been unlike any we have ever lived through before. I pray I never have to see such ugliness and divisiveness again in my life. When I get bummed, which sometimes happens around the holidays, I try to remain grateful. There were a few years where gratitude was difficult for me to practice, but because of those hard times, I am able to be grateful now. I look at my hardships and challenges as lessons to learn and grow from. And by the way, no one can tell you what your lesson is; only you can figure that out for yourself.
I also like to think I am a little different with each passing year. Year by year, my habits, my relationships, my attitude changes a little bit due to my lived experiences. I'd really hate to wake up and be the same person I was five years ago. I mean, she wasn't a bad version of me or even the worst version; she's just not the current edition, which, if I do say so myself, is pretty rad.
So, can you think of any challenges or difficulties this past year which have caused you to learn more about yourself and grow into who you are meant to be? And can you be grateful for those difficulties? Life challenges us and we can either rise up to meet the challenge or we can run away and keep running away until we're ready to face it. Trust me, I ran for years. Eventually, I got tired of my own shit and decided to make some changes. So when you're thinking about changing habits or your mindset, get ready, because it's going to be a journey!
Life is the best journey. You get to design and implement your own rules to your life. Don't limit yourself based on other people's projections of what they think you should be. Screw that! Be you and do you. In the end, you have to live with your choices and yourself. So do something to be proud of and live life on your terms.
Stay in the attitude of gratitude for as much as you can during the last few weeks of 2022.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a very happy, healthy, and vibrant 2023!
Your Holistic Nutritionist, Health Coach, and Yoga Teacher