Looking back to reflect and planning ahead for a new year is not for everyone. I personally love to look back at old photos (Timehop is my jam!) and revisit my yearly goals. I'm currently obsessed with my new Passion Planner, which I cracked open almost as soon as I got it home on Christmas Day.
If reflections and intentions leave you feeling overwhelmed, sad, angry or stuck in a comparison trap...please don't bother. You do you. If you're at all like me and really enjoy both reading and writing yearly recaps--read on!
My word for 2017 was growth. I wanted to grow as a person, in my career and of course in my relationships. I started the year super motivated and excited about the potential. Of course I had some setbacks this past year, including my grandmother passing away and Rocky becoming extremely sick. I'm not ignoring the negative, but for now let's focus on the good time and ways in which I grew in 2017.
I formed/joined a mastermind group full of RDs and friends who inspire me and leave me in awe of their badassery. I travelled for some amazing nutrition conferences and connected with colleagues and brands. I was promoted to Director of Wellness in my full-time gig. I completed an Intuitive Eating Certification and was included in an incredible webinar series on the non-diet approach. I continue to connect with RDs who work in IE/HAES and am more passionate than ever about fighting diet culture.
2017 was hands down the biggest year of growth in my personal life thus far. I began truly walking the walk when it comes to intuitive eating and joyful movement. Mike and I adopted a new pup in July and got engaged in August. I finally got a tattoo I've been dreaming about for years. I also started growing a little physically, after we learned we will be growing our family with a baby in 2018!
Speaking of 2018, let's get to my "power word" for the year! With the help of my passion planner, I have some specific goals I'll be working toward, but I've decided on 2018 being the year of acceptance. This in no way means complacency, but rather the ability to accept things the way they are without judgement or stress. I want to work on not looking at things (besides food) as "good" or "bad". With acceptance comes peace and I need more of that in my life. I'll be working to accept the things I don't have control over (ya know, like life with a BABY). I want to continue accepting and loving myself and my body. I think acceptance will help me release some of the power I give to unnecessary emotions.
So here's to a year full of growth and acceptance. To knowing that life is going to bring highs and most definitely lows! Wishing you and yours a very healthy and Happy New Year! xo
p.s. If you're into it, I'd love to hear what your word for 2018 is! :)