Courage over Comfort

With the start of the New Year, so many people set New Year’s Resolutions. I prefer to set intentions instead of resolutions. I feel like resolutions set me up for failure the moment I “fall off the train,” whereas intentions make me more mindful + allow for success by not being so finite.

Only about 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions keep them throughout the year, which might be why I view resolutions as negative.

Last year I adopted the phrase “courage over comfort” part of the way through 2017 and it served me very well. It fits in all areas of my life…personal, relationships, work, sport, financial, etc. When I’m more mindful of being courageous, growth happens. Change happens. When growth and change happen, I feel empowered.

Why change a good thing?! I’ve decided to keep this ball rolling! My intention for 2018:

COURAGE OVER COMFORT!

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self love gifts for the 12 days of Christmas – day 1

In case you are just joining me, I am giving myself 12 free gifts of self love this Holiday season! You should too! We can all benefit from more love this Holiday season! Day 12 was writing a letter to yourself! Day 11 was dreams! Day 10 was encouragement! Day 9 was time! Day 8 was fresh air! Day 7 was hugs! Day 6 was exercise! Day 5 was gratitude! Day 4 was laughter! Day 3 was forgiveness! Day 2 was fun!

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true self gave to me:

Relaxation! Kick up your feet and relax! Take a bubble bath! Do whatever relaxes you! Enjoy some relaxation before all of the Christmas celebrations and traditions start up!

Snuggling with my baby girl!

self love gifts for the 12 days of Christmas – day 2

In case you are just joining me, I am giving myself 12 free gifts of self love this Holiday season! You should too! We can all benefit from more love this Holiday season! Day 12 was writing a letter to yourself! Day 11 was dreams! Day 10 was encouragement! Day 9 was time! Day 8 was fresh air! Day 7 was hugs! Day 6 was exercise! Day 5 was gratitude! Day 4 was laughter! Day 3 was forgiveness!

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true self gave to me:

Fun! Hold a dance party! Play your favorite song! Sing at the top of your lungs! Dance! Get down and groove! Play! Do something truly fun…just for you!

Dancing with Basil in the kitchen!

“Celebrate good times…come on!”

self love gifts for the 12 days of Christmas – day 3

In case you are just joining me, I am giving myself 12 free gifts of self love this Holiday season! You should too! We can all benefit from more love this Holiday season! Day 12 was writing a letter to yourself! Day 11 was dreams! Day 10 was encouragement! Day 9 was time! Day 8 was fresh air! Day 7 was hugs! Day 6 was exercise! Day 5 was gratitude! Day 4 was laughter!

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true self gave to me:

Forgiveness! Forgive yourself for all of the things holding you back. Those things are in the past. I’m forgiving myself for harboring self doubt + judgement. All those times I have doubted my body and my mind; judged myself or others. It is time to let these go! As Elsa says, “The past is in the past. Let it go!”

self love gifts for the 12 days of Christmas – day 4

In case you are just joining me, I am giving myself 12 free gifts of self love this Holiday season! You should too! We can all benefit from more love this Holiday season! Day 12 was writing a letter to yourself! Day 11 was dreams! Day 10 was encouragement! Day 9 was time! Day 8 was fresh air! Day 7 was hugs! Day 6 was exercise! Day 5 was gratitude!

On the 4th day of Christmas, my true self gave to me:

Laughter! Tell jokes! Laugh and smile ALL. DAY. LONG!

Q: Why was Santa singing?
A: He was working on his wrapping!

Q: What happens to the frog’s car when it breaks down?
A: It gets toad!

Q: What did the duck say when he bough chapstick?
A: Put it on my bill!

self love gifts for the 12 days of Christmas – day 5

In case you are just joining me, I am giving myself 12 free gifts of self love this Holiday season! You should too! We can all benefit from more love this Holiday season! Day 12 was writing a letter to yourself! Day 11 was dreams! Day 10 was encouragement! Day 9 was time! Day 8 was fresh air! Day 7 was hugs! Day 6 was exercise!

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true self gave to me:

Gratitude! Be grateful to your body, mind, and soul! Write a thank you note to yourself thanking yourself for something you are truly grateful for!

self love gifts for the 12 days of Christmas – day 6

In case you are just joining me, I am giving myself 12 free gifts of self love this Holiday season! You should too! We can all benefit from more love this Holiday season! Day 12 was writing a letter to yourself! Day 11 was dreams! Day 10 was encouragement! Day 9 was time! Day 8 was fresh air! Day 7 was hugs!

On the 6th day of Christmas, my true self gave to me:

Exercise! Exercise boosts energy! If you have a particular exercise that warms your heart, do it! If you aren’t one to exercise on a regular basis, that’s ok! Take a walk! Try something new…ice skate, roller blade, bike, snowshoe, swim, dance, snow ski, run, hike. Exercise gets those endorphins flowing and lifts our spirits. JUST MOVE!

#swimlove with my fave this morning before work!