Growing Into 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 has officially arrived and we've made it through the first week. Were we just trudging along to the beat of complacency or are we strumming up a beat of change? Many people think that change is a negative thing, but I have grown to realize change is inevitable and we have to learn to accept and learn from it. I've spent my week reflecting on this past year’s ups and downs. As I entered this year I began thinking of ways that I can become the best version of myself.

I have come up with five ways that I plan on achieving my goals this year.

1. Make a Vision Board- The perfect way to start your year off is to create a visual representation of your goals, so that you don't lose sight of them.  You can turn this activity into a date, a family gathering or a party with friends. Regardless, it can be a perfect excuse to hang out with those you love.

2. Use a Prayer Journal- I have decided to start prayer journaling this year. This is a good way to clarify your thoughts and to affirm them on paper, while becoming closer to God. I don't think there is a right or wrong way to do this activity, but I think it should be done daily.

3. Exercise Regularly- Every year people always say we’re going to attempt to lose weight, eat better, do a cleanse and all of this. It is my goal to exercise for my health and to reduce stress. I want to make it a goal to exercise at least twice a week and attempt to eat healthier or implement certain things to ensure a strong immune system.

side note- Take 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar per day. ACV has tons of overall health benefits.  

4. Practice Meditation-  This year I have promised myself that I will take time out of my day to meditate (10-15 minutes for myself). This will be a stress relieving activity that will allow for me to clear my mind, by focusing on my deepest thoughts. This can be done the traditional way or a slightly different version; listening to music, taking a bath, or whatever relaxes you.

5. Practice Gratitude- This is one of my favorite exercises that I look forward to practicing this year. I am going to try to start focusing on the best in situations, by being grateful for something even in the midst of bad times.


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Cassidy Sparks