So a few days ago I started a workout/healthy eating regimen with my sister. She kicks butt and I wanted to do the same. Anyways, I decided, for accountability purposes to create a list of goals and use social media to hold myself accountable within that platform each day. I made a list of goals for the program:
- Build some muscle
- Build endurance (not only running, but in normal everyday activities like not getting winded walking up steps)
- Get my nutrition/ water intake in check and help my skin to clear up!
- Also maybe get some sun.
Yesterday, while I was in a “goal-list making” mood, I decided to write down some summer goals. I started out okay with my first goal: Stick with workout/meal plan.
Perfect. I can do that. I already did 3 days. How difficult can the next three months be? And, ideally, the habits will continue past that.
Goal #2: Show up for yourself.
This one hit somewhere deep in my gut. AKA, my goal list got real deep, real fast.
It’s easy to pick up a program or new project, (in my case a workout regimen), that gets you super motivated at first and then a few days/weeks/months later, you’re back to what you were doing before. Life happens. You skip a session to go to that thing you committed to a few weeks ago that you totally forgot about but you told so-and-so that you’d go. Or you overslept because your bed was just really comfy and that new super soft blanket was just calling your name for another half hour instead of getting up and eating a real breakfast to replenish yourself. Soon after, you realize you’re back to square one, the very place you were when you decided you needed a change.
Busy wives/mommas/sisters/friends etc.– We all have someone else we decide to show up for everyday. How often do we show up to support ourselves? At one point you were in a place where you felt as though you weren’t being your best. A place where you said, “You know what? I’m going to do this thing! I’m strong and I need this to feel that strength!” And you did it! But what keeps you from continuing to do it?
Show up for yourself.
After a few other well thought-out goals, the list ended with the most important (at least for me).
Goal #5: Live with Purpose.
This has become less of a goal for me, but more a choice I make everyday. I just need a gentle reminder sometimes.
Everything I say or do or think about saying or doing has to serve a purpose. Don’t argue just to argue. Don’t speak just to hear yourself talk. While it is important to show up for yourself in your life everyday, it’s also important to be there for someone else. Show up for yourself when you need it; Show up for those you care about when they need it. Speak from your heart. Take things as they come and find a way to create something from it. Don’t let your circumstances dictate the way you know in your heart you want to respond. Feel something for goodness sake. Take that extra minute outside in the fresh air before walking into work and feel your purpose for being in this world.
(Okay, I’m done with the cliché list-making now). But you get the idea.
Love you all ❤