10 Weeks until Christmas

By Martina Avanzini

I can’t believe we are already in the middle of October. Where did 2015 go?

Time has been flying although so much already happened throughout this year. Moments of ups and downs, of self-discovery, spiritual path, fun and not so fun times, of blessings and obstacles, miracles, of darkness and of light. Its been a busy year yet I have to declare I fail to complete my resolutions. I know exactly what they are and what I ought to do in order to accomplish them. We travel, we have compromises, life gives us unexpected situations, yes…unfortunately all excuses. When we really want something we work for it. We all have that drive inside of us. I realise it when I really want something I even become impatient because I want it sooner than now.

For me the problem is: C-O-N-S-I-S-T-E-N-C-Y.  I can totally eat healthy, meditate in the morning, go to pilates, work more on my business, learn to be more patient and grateful… I can do all this but sooner or later I let things interfere and before you know it, its been a week that I haven’t been able to exercise. “Haven’t been able”.

I seem to forget how good I actually feel when I keep my resolutions because when I do those are the best days and everything seems to flow better. I am happier, more grounded, and more productive. Throughout the years of being often too strict with myself I have come to understand that I can have some free passes. If on a Sunday I am exhausted from a night out I wont wake up at dawn to meditate.. and its okay. I will allow myself those days, but I mean days not months. In my experience when we fall of the wagon it usually takes way too long to get back on track. We stop exercising and as soon as we know it its been over a month. The worst is that we break a promise mainly to ourselves.

The key is to remind us how good we feel when we keep our promises. Write it somewhere and read it out loud when you are thinking of skipping yoga or having a binge. Check in with yourself. What do I really want? What makes my heart smile? I mean it. There are those things, moments or people that when you encounter them your heart jumps of excitement… please seek them wherever they are.

There are officially 10 weeks left until Christmas or 11 until New Years. Personally Christmas is more my time. This is not for short term results I want to integrate these as habits in my life. Since it takes 21 days to install a new habit, I am giving myself these 10 weeks to learn how to do this while cooping with life’s unexpected situations. I will dedicate extra time to this and remind myself that it will be totally worth it: Ending the year knowing I have given my best.

I have been keeping with my resolutions for the past weeks and I am already feeling much better. I am committing to myself; to overcoming my unnecessary fears, to being the best version of myself each day given the situation I encounter while being more understanding and compassionate on difficult days. To nourish my body through exercise and delicious healthy food, lots of greens and juices to stay healthy during this season. Last but not least I will nourish my mind through meditation, daily journaling, yoga, listening, and doing what makes me happy.

I know we can do this and I invite you to do the same.

Let’s make the magic happen

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