So, it’s been almost one month since the start of a new year – How are your goals looking? Are you still feeling inspired to reach new heights? Most of us are back in a routine: Monday dance practice; Tuesday book club; Thursday soccer practice; homework every night . . . were we kidding ourselves when we said we could add another activity to the list? NO WAY! That drive and desire to succeed is always within us; it is just a matter of digging it out from being buried under all our other responsibilities. Because you know what, our number one responsibility is to make ourselves our number one priority and finding time for self-care, taking risks by trying a new activity, new food, new experience, and setting out to truly accomplish our goals in order to grow, learn, and create change.
My nana was once singing a song from the musical, South Pacific, and one very particular lyric really stood out to me. “You gotta have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, How you gonna have a dream come true?” This quote especially resonates with me around the New Year, when we have these grand ideas but rarely follow through to complete them.
“I’ll join a book club . . . don’t like the first book of the year, so you stop going.”
“I’ll make healthier choices at lunch . . . school doesn’t serve anything I like, might as well eat the pasta.”
“I’ll try out for a team sport . . . doesn’t make the team after round one, might as well give up now.”
And I totally get, life gets in the way. But, when did not making ourselves a priority, not become a part of “Life”? Joining a new social group, trying new foods, increasing your physical activity, and having new experiences – isn’t that what life’s all about?! Yes, yes, yes – you still have to do your homework and listen to mom or dad; but, schedule time for yourself as well. Even better, include your family and/or friends in those new experiences with you. Having a support group or an accountability partner will make accomplishing your goals all the more fun and easier.
The Little Clementine is the start of me living my dream – owning a business, helping people feel and be their best, and making my passion my career. It has taken more schooling, more research, and many hours for me to just get to the starting point, but I’m here and I will keep going. The best part is that I get to share what I’m doing with those I love and with those I don’t even know yet, but are passionate about the same topics. By building this new community, my dreams are becoming an even bigger reality. So whether you are 5, 15, 25, or 95 – do not stop dreaming and do not stop doing.
5 Simple Steps to Goal-Setting: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/goals-tips.html