Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating break and are ready to jump into 2017 with newfound energy and excitement.

As usual, we spent some time over our break thinking about our respective intentions and commitments for 2017.  We also both chose a “word” to help guide us through all the triumphs and tribulations we know we will inevitably face this year.  Meaghan’s word is: LOVE and similarly, my word is: SELF-LOVE.  We both feel we need more love in all capacities this year and we are ready to intentionally commit to bringing more love and self-love into our lives.  This is how:

Spending time with the people I love will be a priority for me this year.

Meaghan: The reason I chose LOVE as my focus this year is because I just can’t get over some of the world and local events that are happening and the only solution I can think of is to just love more. In the past my resolution words have been intentional and balance, somehow these seem more practical and more purposeful so I was hesitant when I kept coming back to the word love. What will love mean for me this year? It means to focus on wellbeing and not just health. It means to prioritize relationships over projects. Love means to give to myself as well as to others. In 2017 I want more connection to the world and to notice the beauty. I have set some mini-goals for myself to help me get to the place of being my most loving self. For the first few months I’m going to focus love on myself through building routines around exercise, eating well, meditation, yoga and journaling. As I gain more balance I will focus that Love outwards to the world as much as I can.

 

My traditional New Year Day run. It’s been two years since I began running again after the birth of my daughter.

Karley: I’ve chosen to commit to more self-love this year for the first time in my entire life.  In the last few years I’ve encountered some experiences that have had a profoundly traumatic impact on my personal life.  This year, I resolve to truly work on loving myself more.  I have planned a few ways in which I intend to learn more about self-love and they include: seeking professional counseling, scheduling consistent self-care time (massage therapy, for example) and sticking firmly to my fitness plan.  I intend to go pretty deep and get a bit messy with this new journey, but as I spiraled out of control in late 2016, a wise and trusted friend encouraged me that this hard self-work is “the next step” for me.  I am very excited to explore and reconnect with myself this year.