Resolutions are usually something I don’t take too seriously, but this year, I have decided to take it to another level. While it may seem late for resolutions, I made it my decision not to publicly announce my plans for the year until I was at least a month into my journey. Well, here we are, and I am feeling extra confident in my decision to better myself in 2015.
In the past, my resolutions have revolved primarily around travel, but this year, it’s a bit different. After several of my travel plans fell apart last year, including India and the Mongol Rally, I have been reluctant to say too much, hence the lack of writing since the summer.
While I plan to keep relatively quiet about any plans until they are fully set in stone, I will reveal as much as I can in how I have set up 2015 to be a year of bettering myself in mind, body, and spirit.
In many ways, the plans for bettering myself all began as the Indian visa drama was going down. Even though it was a difficult period for me, during that time, I began to make some positive changes. My cousin, Amanda, and I decided to switch to all-natural deodorant and cut processed sugar out of our diets. We began to read the ingredients in the food we were eating and made choices that relied on more natural ingredients and less chemicals.
As the summer came to a close, we kept up our programs, especially the quest to find healthier cosmetics. As each beauty or hygiene product I own runs out, I’ve been replacing it with products that are more earth, body, and animal-friendly. So far, I have been using more natural shampoo, conditioner, face wash, face serum, and toothpaste, in addition to all-natural deodorant.
I have also continued to eat healthier and limit my sugar intake, and on Monday, I am starting a three-day juice cleanse to reset my body. In the year, I plan on learning how to make more vegetarian and vegan options and adding those to my diet as well. While I don’t know if I will ever be able to go fully vegetarian or vegan, I would like to cut down on meat and eat a more balanced and natural diet.
Since this year I am focusing on mind, body, and spirit, I have decided to take my yoga practice to a higher level. I have been practicing yoga on and off since high school, and even though I notice the positive effect it has on my life, I have never fully infused my life with it. That is, until this year. I downloaded an app on my i-Pad and have made it a priority to practice at least once a day, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes.
Combined with my practice of aerial yoga, I have noticed a difference in my strength, as well as with my patience and my overall well-being. For me, yoga is not only a way to keep my body in shape, but also a way for me to get in touch with my spirit and meditate.
In 2015, I am hoping to take my practice even further by getting my yoga teacher certification. Currently, I am looking into programs around the world and have been saving up to make the trip this summer. Not only will it be a great way to deepen my practice, but working as a yoga teacher would allow me to save a little extra money for my travels.
Meditation is also a practice I hope to deepen throughout the year. While, I have practiced at home for about five years on and off, I have a harder time with it than I care to admit. However, I am planning on making more of an effort with it. To start, this weekend, I’ll be heading to a nearby Buddhist temple with a friend for one of their dharma gatherings and meditation practices. I am hoping that with more knowledge of the practice, I’ll be better able to calm my busy mind and become more present in my daily life.
The most important decision we can make in our lives is to invest in ourselves, and recently, I’ve realized just how crucial this is for me. These are all changes that have a positive effect on my general well-being and ones that will continue to make me a better and healthier human being. I want my impact on the world to be a positive one, and I believe that these changes I am making to my life are ones that effect not just me, but the world around me.