I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions but this year is different. About a month ago I decided that changes to my lifestyle were necessary. Coping with the changes brought on by the pandemic – both emotionally and physically – has allowed some bad habits to accumulate in my life. Bad habits such as not getting enough exercise, consuming too much news, not scheduling enough time to do the things I love with the people I love. etc. On top of this, I’ve realised living in Italy isn’t the right fit for me and neither is the work culture I’ve found myself in.
Looking back now, I’m starting to realise that not only last year but the past four years seem to have been more about gaining clarity around what I don’t want in my life and finding the strength to voice this while at the same time gaining a new appreciation for what I do want.
This year is all about having the courage to align my life with my deeper values and to start things off, I’ve decided to take on a 30-day self-care challenge to reset my relationship with myself.
I’m defining self-care to mean going one step beyond fear and staying on the side of love and kindness. What this means in practical terms, I’m about to find out. That’s what this challenge is all about.
What I do know for sure is that self-care is very personal. Only we know where we are holding ourselves back, what doesn’t feel quite right, and what our deepest values are. No one can figure that stuff out for us. And the key to a good self-care routine is learning to tune in and listen to our inner voice.
There have been times when I felt I lost this connection, especially when I have found myself buried beneath other people’s assumptions, cultural conditioning and fear but it always returns – most often when I’m having a long hot shower :). I find that the more I align to my inner voice, no matter how difficult it may be at first, the more grounded I feel. And the more grounded I feel, the more I feel like I’m living my own life and not someone else’s.
Although I’ve already started the process a few weeks back, this 30-day challenge officially starts today – the 11th of January and for the next 30-days I’ll be sharing with you what I learn along the way.
Happy New Year everyone!