To you, 2017.

The New Year for me does not mean resolutions anymore, it doesn’t mean I am going to “eat clean” or “start working out,” because it’s unattainable, and disappointing after about 3 weeks. Sitting here on New Year’s Eve means reflecting on where I was this time last year, and where I am now. It’s about setting goals and intentions for the next year. It’s about learning to grow from where I stand now, to take my life in the direction I am dreaming of. This past year was one of deeply personal and awakening experiences for me. Such dramatic shifts occurred in my life, and despite my nature to try to keep things from changing, I let these things happen. Change happened. I stepped out of my comfort zone in ways that I didn’t realize I could. I let go of things that I would have normally tried to hold on to.

I became a mother.

I stopped working full time.

I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

I started this blog.

I learned about self care.

I learned how to say no-mostly.

I started my personal journey towards overcoming my fears and anxieties.

I understand more deeply what love really is.

This year was a year where things that I only dreamed about became a reality. I feel like I owe most of it to my daughter, because without her, I am not sure I would have taken a leap from the life I was living to the one I am currently living. I feel empowered in that I realized, it’s ok, life goes on, and it went on in a most spectacular way.

In this New Year coming up in only a matter of hours, I feel clear minded, strong, and ready to rumble. I carry with me the tools to mentally, and physically improve myself, to help others on the journey to being their best selves. I am still a work in progress. But I am an open book ready to try new experiences, and attempt things I didn’t think I could do. I want 2018 to be a year where I expand and spread what I have to share, like the ripple effect.

In 2018, I want to continue to live even more simply, and minimalistic. I am ready to shed materialistic things from my life that don’t bring me absolute joy, so I can focus on what really matters in life, like being with my daughter, spending more time connecting with people I love face to face, spending as much time as I can in the sunshine, and in the woods. I want to spend less time in stores, and more time cultivating a restful, loving home environment for my family. I want to continue learning ways to be as environmentally conscious as I possibly can. Having a kid really opens up your eyes to the future of our planet, their home, long after I will be gone. Green home here we come.

I want to honor my body by doing what serves me best, by doing exercises that feel good, and that are fun, and eating foods that I truly love, not just because it’s the latest health trend. I want to spend as much time as I can cultivating and nourishing my marriage, by taking time out, just us, to be with each other, so we can come together as a strong unit to raise our daughter to be whatever she wants to be in this life.

I want to get back to the roots of who I am. What things in life that I have always identified with, but maybe have gotten away from? Photography, my cameras. Water, spending more time swimming in the summer, and on the beaches. Piano, and how music quiets my overactive mind. Cooking, and experimenting in the kitchen. Being playful and imaginative with my daughter. Riding my bike, because it feels so freeing. Those things that get me all giddy happy and make me forget the present real life things that can so easily overwhelm me. I’m going to get back to these things.

2018, I think you are going to be an insurmountable adventure. A journey towards something bigger. I think this year we will move mountains. 

I’m ready for you.

xEm.

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Emily is an Aries, a health and wellness advocate, and an avid food lover. She is a certified Health Coach and the creative writer and photographer of Golden Wellness. She believes in balance, real food, self love, movement, and gratitude. She is all about creating a high vibin' life, getting outside, and inspiring others on this path.

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