What my guru taught me…goals for 2017!

 

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Happy new year!!! You may have noticed I have spent a few weeks away from the blogging world. The idea of new years resolutions has never really excited me. This year I decided I wanted to set GOALS. My main goal for 2017 is something my daughter taught me…BE PRESENT. Scroll down for my list of goals for the year!

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In a world where there is constant hustle and bustle, social media, instant gratification–it is SO easy to get caught up in it. We are addicted to our phones, and constantly staying connected to whatever is happening in the world. Studies suggest that technology dependency along with social media sets off dopamine signals in the brain, similar to drugs. Growing up in the social media frenzy, you can actually get addicted to getting likes on your photos and posts. Seems unreal, right?

There’s a number of articles circulating about the negative affects of the selfie world, Keeping up with the Kardashians or having as many followers as possible. Check out, “How real is a social media addiction,” By CBS News here. Although, a simple google search of social media dependency will find several articles worth reading.

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Sofia, my little guru, has taught me so much in just the 28 months she has been here. Our children are constantly living in the present, and joyfully so. They barely think about what they are going to be doing in the next 30 minutes. They allow themselves to be 100% immersed and consumed by whatever task they are doing. I used to find myself getting frustrated if I couldn’t breastfeed, type emails, blog, talk on the phone and plan what I would be making for dinner that night all at the same time. Sofia loves to say, “look at me mama…” and she would put her hand on my face and make me look in her direction and then everything around me would just stop. I was living in the beautiful moment, gazing into her eyes, feeling that deep, deep love that comes from lifetimes of knowing another soul.

And so I began meditating more often, thanks in part to a daily group I participate in. I found myself joyfully living in the moment and finding the child within. We never completely lose the child within us, but we allow our “adulting” to take over and transform our life.

I made several goals for 2017 that I know will be helpful to me, so hopefully they will help you too. Let’s have a great year together!

Hello There 2017, let’s do this:

  1. Be Present, meditate more often. Have you checked out the app: Insight Timer? It’s free and awesome.

  2. Love yourself. We all need to be less hard on ourselves, stop comparing and start loving. Wear less makeup. Buy the bikini!

  3. Stop trying to buy happiness-consume less. Check out the Minimalism Documentary on Netflix!

  4. Speak your TRUTH!!! Stop holding it in and just say it. Release it. It will be okay.

  5. Read more. Watch less TV, get a library membership!

  6. No new friends! Ha just kidding, but seriously- spend more time with the people that mean the most in your life. It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.

  7. Educate yourself…don’t just listen to the media. Pay attention, ask questions.

  8. Stop caring what others think. Seriously, f em’.

  9. Eat less processed foods and less meat. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

  10. MOVE! Dance, run, shake it when you brush your teeth, blast the radio in the car and jam in your seat at the red light and smile when you see people staring, and BELT out that song in the shower. Do what makes your body feel good!! Moving and exercise releases those beautiful things called endorphins.

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