Reflections for the new year
Happy New Year! The Empowered You Blog is officially back. I hope you're doing well and that 2022 is off to a wonderful start. I'm glad to be back in San Antonio after visiting my family in Rome for Christmas. It was the first time I was able to embrace my mother in nearly a year and a half. I still can't believe the amount of time we were apart because of the pandemic.
In that space, I did a lot of reflecting on intentions and goals for the new year. As we dive into 2022, I believe it's also okay to not put so much pressure on ourselves in changing our lifestyle or routine. But rather, recommit to our inner world. I find that creating a solid foundation can support us in truly shifting our outer world as well.
This year, I didn't make any resolutions. Instead, I asked myself several questions centered around self-love. How can I be kinder to myself? How can I be more present in all that I do? What do I need to release? What will that look like for me this year?
As I asked myself these questions, I was reminded that the seed to my growth comes from allowing myself the space to reflect on how I can redirect my energy. Our personal growth has no time limit and patience can ultimately reward and nurture us through all the shifts we desire in our lives.
It's also important to remember to check in with ourselves at any given moment. This could mean stepping outside for fresh air, meditating for 5 minutes, or going for a walk. Making time for you, no matter how short of a time period, can be a stepping stone toward a deeper connection to ourselves that can ultimately positively guide us.
It's these small but powerful actions of kindness toward ourselves that bring us back to the now - the present moment. It's in the present that we get to experience the fullness and beauty of life. It's in the present that we have the power to decide what matters to us and how we want to use our time and energy.
Here are a few reminders for the new year to help support your inner peace:
1. It's okay to say no.
2. Don't compare your journey to someone else's.
3. Social media breaks are healthy.
May you step further into your empowered self in this new year. As always, thank you for being a part of this journey.