Happy New Year!
I love when a New Year comes along. I love the energy and hope it brings for positive changes. It’s like a natural reset button.
Along with millions of other people, health is pretty high up on my resolution list.
I used to be really healthy. I grew up on a hobby farm eating mostly home grown, organic produce. Our meats came from our farm and my grandfather’s. Our milk, for a time, came from my grandfather’s farm as well. Our neighbors had farms and we often shared with them and they shared with us. I was so blessed to grow up in this wonderful environment!
Growing up in the country meant we couldn’t get cable TV where we lived and so we spent all our time running around in, and exploring, the outdoors. Not only was this amazing exercise for our bodies, we got the benefits that are also good for the soul. Connecting with nature is such an important part of who we are.
As an adult, I moved to the city, got married and I now have 3 beautiful children. I love where my life is and I would never change that. But it has made for some unhealthy habits.
Like many mothers, I make sure my family is cared for and place myself at the bottom of the list. I believe this is a natural thing for mothers to do, but I also think we need to put our own care on our priority list as well. I once saw a naturopath who told me that a mother is like the center of the wheel and the family are the spokes. Although all important parts to the wheel, the wheel simply can not function well if the center of the wheel is not working at its best. I really liked this comparison and it has stuck with me.
I have placed myself on the back burner for a long time and have made several attempts over the years to get back to healthy. Like so many others who try to do this, I have found that this is not the easiest thing to do. It is far too easy to fall back into old bad habits. But do you know what the good thing is? We can start again. No matter how many times we try and end up falling back to old habits, we can still try again. We don’t have to give up.
And so it is time to start again. With a fresh, positive focus. I am trying again. For myself… and for my children. I want to be here for a long time. I want to be healthy and enjoy my children. I want to have energy for them. I want to see them grow up and be all that they can be. And my kids need me to set a good example for them. They need me to show them that it is important to take care of ourselves. That we ALL deserve that and it is worth our time and commitment.
If you have healthy habits in your resolutions, I hope you are able to make that happen. Just remember that if you fall back to your old habits, it is okay. Forgive yourself – you are only human, you know – and start again. You are worth it!