I hate (a strong word, I know) the ‘New Year, New Me’ message. In fact, I think it’s bull*hit. Yep, I said it. It may be controversial, but I really believe you can be the person you want to be at any time, any day. It’s all fad diets and empty promises - some would say a marketing dream.
I love the idea of starting fresh whenever I want. I also love having goals and reaching milestones, but I don’t think you need a new year to start that.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I was inspired by Jessica Yolanda Kaye (an Australian artist based in London). She has a newsletter which really got me thinking. Instead of a New Years' Resolution, she chooses a word, ‘a word that anchors [her] and reminds [her] what [she’s] working towards. This year it was 'explore', last year it was 'balance', the year before 'empowerment' and 'surrender' the year before that. [...] [She] landed on [her] word for 2023: play.’.
Instead of choosing a random weight loss goal or an unrealistic yoga pose to achieve, I have decided to set a word that I want to embody, something that I want to prioritise in this portion of my life. Jessica’s ‘words’ really got me thinking about what is truly important to me.
After much thought, my word for 2023, drumroll please, is…
It is something I often forget to prioritise or preach more than I do, they say health is wealth, and as I already know, without it, you’re screwed. So what does health mean to me? Well, after spending years as a teen and early adult, in and out of hospital, good health meant moving without pain, not having to worry about seizures or simply trying to concentrate on simple tasks. Now in much better health, I know I need to work on the little things, as they all add up to the HUGE important things that make me feel like the best version of me. For example, all of these in combination make me feel superhuman:
Regular skin care and face yoga routine.
Headspace - less screen time and more chill out time.
Building strength through weight/resistance training.
Gratitude lists and mindful journaling.
Feeling fit through a variety of exercises for my heart health.
Eating nourishing and nutritious food.
Simple morning routines energise and give me a better mindset.
Meditation and Yoga Nidra to help me sleep.
Not only did Jessica’s idea get my clogs spinning, but it inspired me to get started, because what’s better than starting now? So 10 days ago, I started journaling again, working out, my skincare routine, reducing my phone time, and eating healthier and already, (shock, I know) I feel so much better.
When I spoke about my new morning routine on social media, I had a flood of messages asking how to create one or how do I motivate myself. This made me realise how much we all want to feel good in the morning but struggle with accountability or ideas of to do - that’s why I have decided to share my morning routine with you. From the 3rd of January, I will be running FREE morning sessions on weekdays: Rise & Shine Transform Your Morning.
I’ve always wanted a morning routine that helps me be the best version of myself, so why not join me in my journey to feel better and hold yourself (and me!) accountable?
The session is split into 10-minute segments - so you’re welcome to join for the full 30 minutes or parts.
7:00 - 7:10 am - Breathwork/Meditation & Affirmations
7:10 - 7:20 am - Brain Drills
7:20 - 7:30 am - Slow & Simple Yoga Movements
I can’t wait to see you there!