Ami's New Year's Revelation
There was less than 2 minutes before 2019 officially started, and I had no resolutions. Typically by mid-December I have a vision and often even a catch-phrase. This year was different. The only thing I craved was proof that we were moving forward. Maybe it's because I'll be turning 40 this year. Maybe it's the growing global apathy. Maybe it is because I've had five rounds of company in the eight weeks since we moved into a new house. Maybe it's because I haven't had a break this year from the beautiful chaos of being a working mom, wife, aunt, sister. As the ball dropped, a word finally came to my mind: PROGRESS. I want 2019 to be a year where I experience Progress.
The irony of having an uber-busy year, is that it has actually led to a cleansing feeling for Samir and I. It has helped us prioritize. When there is so much to juggle, you can only focus on the important things. This is a relief because I'm someone who can easily get caught up in striving for perfection. But perfection is the theif of Progress. I often find myself mired in the pursuit of perfection and losing sight of the Progress I'm trying to make.
So, my New Year's resolution is more of a revelation. In order for me to Progress, I need to stop wasting energy on aiming for perfection in the micro-details. Here's how that plays out in my life:
1. Intentional time with Family -
Progress : Making an awesome dinner I'm proud of and involving the kids!
Draining: Making 3 perfectly balanced meals for my kids who could be much more self-reliant.
2. Careful investments at Work -
Progress: Working diligently, flexibly, and quickly against my business goals.
Draining: Staying up late on social media to be and forgoing sleep.
3. Building our Community -
Progress: Caring for extended family, especially when they are visiting, is absolutely quality time.
Draining: Hand-applying stamps and addresses to holiday cards for a perfect "personal touch" at Christmas.
I'm looking forward to creating and celebrating Progress in 2019. Wishing you and yours a chance for quality time to do the same.
Below are the eloquent and heart-felt resolutions from Taylor, our Arkadiance Communication Manager. We would love to hear your resolutions as well, so please share in the comments.
Taylor’s New Year’s Resolutions
2018 was a year of beginnings, discoveries, and learning (a lot). In January of this year – on my birthday no less- I quit my corporate marketing job and joined Arkadiance full time. It’s been the most fulfilling and life-changing decision of this year. In May, I celebrated a year of marriage with my husband. Throughout the year, I made decisions and discoveries that will change my path forever. I’m looking forward to spending this December reflecting on the ways I’ve grown this year and making resolutions for the next year that will further that growth. That being said, I’d like to share my new year’s resolutions with you all, and encourage you to share with us! Below are goals I’m setting for myself in 2019.
Follow my heart when it comes to my health
This is the most important resolution for me this year – what can I offer if I don’t have my health? This past June, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I’d been on birth control since 2008 without questioning it - but in the midst of trying to create a more natural life for myself this summer, I heard my body start telling me “please reconsider”. I quit taking the pills and my period vanished, so I sought the help of my OBGYN. A blood test confirmed that my hormone levels were consistent with PCOS, and he recommended that I go back on birth control…for the foreseeable future until menopause. My gut response: no way! He countered that birth control is the only way to manage my symptoms – but I didn’t want to manage or mask them – I wanted to heal. I researched, read online forums and books on the disease, and I found my symptoms and experiences mirrored by so many women. I enrolled in an online course that teaches food and lifestyle-based solutions to hormonal imbalances, and also brought the problem to my Naturopathic Physician. For 5 months, I’ve been making small changes in my diet and lifestyle, and my period has returned. My goal for 2019 is to tune in even closer to that voice inside me. It’s there for a reason, and has yet to steer me wrong. I’m going to believe in the power of my intuition and trust that there is a natural solution to feeling my best.
Live with less
Less stuff. Less waste. Less stress and worry. It’s easy to get sucked into the latest and greatest products, social media, and the entertainment that is at our fingertips 24/7. Our society wants everything fast, and we want it easy – I’m definitely guilty of this sometimes. But too much convenience and constant stimulation sets us up for impatience, greed, and wastefulness. The environment pays the price for our convenience with the buildup of plastic and waste in our oceans and landfills. Our relationships pay the price when we’re tuned into our phones and not fully present in an experience. This year, the Carter household is committing to dedicated no-phone time, no more plastic food storage, reusable bags for store trips, composting, and sustainable clothing, household items, and cleaning products. We’ll be enjoying more quality time and experiences and buying less “stuff”. I’m looking forward to creating a positive impact on this world – not a negative footprint.
Take action on the issues I believe in
We’re in the midst of change in this country, and we’re facing some tough decisions that will shape our futures. I spent 2018 researching, learning, and forming my opinions on various social issues; I’m 25 and just emerging into my role as an adult and change-agent in society. I’m ready to take action in 2019. Prepared with my knowledge and passion, I plan to get involved in as many ways as I can with the women’s rights movement, environmental & ocean conservation, and equality in this country as a whole – among all genders, races, and nationalities, and species that inhabit this earth. I’m making it my goal to dedicate at least an hour of my personal time every week this year to activities that can help benefit these causes. I believe that in doing this, I’ll be able to throw some good energy & positive intentions into the universe and meet like-minded people who want to do the same.
Wishing you a year full of love & light,