Its that time of year again when we can all start with a "clean slate". We wake up rejuvenated and full of hope and promise for the exciting year ahead. I have always used this time to create my "101 Goal List", a practice I learned from my best friends mom Nancy, back when I was a teenager. I take the time to make a list of the things I would like to accomplish, things I need to fix or buy, what financial goals I want to achieve, places I would like to go and things I want to do.
While creating my goal list, I always set my top goal for the year as well. For as long as I could remember, my top goal was always to lose weight and I would put exactly how many pounds I felt I needed to lose that year. I would see women that I perceived as beautiful and they were always skinny, I assumed that is how I needed to be in order to be happy with myself. Unfortunately, I never seemed to achieve the weight loss goal.
In the past couple of years, I have changed my top goal to "be healthy". To me, this means mentally, emotionally and physically healthy at any weight I happen to be at. Interestingly enough, as soon as I changed my mindset, I became the healthiest I have ever been.
A lot of us live our lives comparing ourselves to others and wanting to be something other than we are. The only thing we need to be is the very best version of ourselves and that makes us beautiful in our own, unique way!
Judging yourself is taking the easy route, it's working through it that makes you strong.