Our lives have phases. Here are a few of my most memorable:
- 4AM ice time and after school ballet and strength training.
- Grilled cheese with tomato and bacon, Diet Dr. Pepper and Milk Duds.
- Flavored coffee and public transit rides through Boston.
- Wedding planning and creating a home with limited funds.
- Long weekend runs and fundraising for philanthropic causes.
- Morning snuggles and story time.
- Dog walks and breakfast on the go.
Each phase is built in habits and out of necessity. Whether it be personal growth, family need, fulfilling an emotional void or countless other reasons. As we near the end of another year it seems as though my friends and colleagues (and social media buddies)are starting to think about what goals they have for 2018 and the new routines that need to get them there. For several weeks now I have felt the pull as well – it’s like the waves at the shore, splashing and pulling, the tide rising and falling.
I’ve started setting my intentions for the year and mapping out actionable goals. Looking at the big picture of where I want to be six months and one year from now is intimidating if I try it without a warm cup of tea in hand, but add the tea and a solid list of subgoals and it feels far more attainable. Two big areas of focus for me are mindfulness and a more flexible schedule.
Maybe you’re feeling foggy about what 2018 will hold or how you will accomplish your grand goals. It’s not surprising, I’m pretty sure half of us are still in a post-Christmas coma. Can I make a suggestion? Eat some more fruits and veggies. For the record, the cranberries in your winter mule do not count. Just a guess that your intake for the past several weeks has been pretty heavy on cocktails and or cookies… Whip up a smoothie once a day or add an extra cup of roasted veggies to your day. After a few days of a broader diet mix you’ll be thinking clearly and be ready to tackle your next great adventure.
Here are some of my favorite recipes to bust one of these comas
Zaftig Couscous Salad – grilled chicken, mixed field greens, sun-dried cranberries, fennel, radicchio, walnuts, orange-mint vinaigrette