What I Learned in 2016

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As we close out another year, I think it’s important to take a step back and check in with yourself. It’s amazing how much growth we can experience in just one year, 365 days. It’s incredible how much can change, yet how much can stay the same.

Last year at this time, I was in a job I hated feeling unfulfilled and exhausted; in a living situation that was not ideal for me; overall unmotivated and uninspired.

While 2016 didn’t magically solve all of my problems, I can definitely say that it’s taught me a hell of a lot. There are so many things that I want to do; that I want to become; and that I want to manifest in my life. I feel like there’s so much more.

Anyone else feeling this way?

Maybe it’s just that high of a new year, a chance to start over. But why not? With all of the motivation around us to get in shape; to ask for that promotion; to start a side hustle – is there any better time to start working toward the goals we’ve always wanted to accomplish?

These are the key takeaways I’ve learned in this past year:

First of all, ignorance is not bliss.

When it comes to what we put in our bodies (food, drinks, supplements, etc.), ignorance is most definitely not bliss. This year, more than any year before, I’ve learned the importance of reading labels, understanding ingredients and getting real with yourself. One of my main resolutions in 2017 is to stick to real, whole foods as much as possible. This means I can still have pizza, pasta, cheese, brownies (!) – as long as they’re made from real ingredients. Obviously I preach balance, and you better believe I practice it, but as I’ve gotten older, I have 100% noticed how much the food I eat affects how I feel. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather feel full of energy and have clear skin rather than feeling dehydrated, hungover or bloated from too much cheese or salt. Gross.

Change in relationships is inevitable.

I won’t lie, I had a difficult time this year accepting change in some of my relationships. I was so used to how things used to be growing up and throughout college, and moving away (although it was two and a half years ago now) really hit me hard. Sure, some relationships fall by the wayside and that’s okay. Sometimes shit just happens and you become different people. But after examining the relationships I have and the ones I’m building, I feel much more at peace with the fact that change is just a part of our lives and sometimes works on your relationships for the better. 

Finding a workout you love can be all the inspiration you need. 

I’ll be honest, I’ve been in a workout rut probably for the past year. I’ve been jumping around so much I feel like the damn Energizer Bunny. So, here’s my plan for 2017: cut the shit, find a workout(s) I enjoy and get inspired and consistent again. While I still worked out 5-6 times a week in 2016, I never really felt as motivated as I did when I finished a kickass spin class or a barre workout that had me shaking the whole time. There’s just something about finding a workout you actually enjoy that I think is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. 

Sometimes, less is more. 

I am someone who is really uncomfortable when I’m not busy. If I’m not working, I’m cleaning my apartment or running errands; If I’m not writing a blog post, I’m cleaning out my closet or folding laundry. I’ve noticed this more and more about myself this year and let’s be honest – this mentality leads to burnout. It’s pretty much a given.

I try really hard to allow time for myself to just chill out and relax, but most of the time I’m in go-go-go mode. However, I have to recharge to be at my best so it’s a bit counterintuitive, don’t you think? Sometimes we all need a little reminder that doing less often will provide more in our lives.

I would love to hear what you learned in 2016. The good, the bad, the ugly. What are your resolutions?

I’m off to go nosh on some Chocolate Almond Butter Maca Balls (recipe coming soon!) and some peppermint tea. Night babes!

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