Hi everyone, I’m back on the blog after a long, holiday break! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Now, I’ve made New Year’s resolutions for many years, but they don’t always seem to stick. That’s why I’m reflecting on my “yeses” and “nos” for the year. I feel like this is more attainable and helps me make realistic choices throughout the year and beyond.
So, here’s what’s new with me.
I said “yes” to running a half marathon.
If you know me well enough, I’m okay at saying no to a lot of things. I’ve learned that the art of saying “no” is just as important as the art of saying “yes.” There we were, my boyfriend and I gathered around a cafe table with my cousin and his wife at a coffee shop in Pensacola. We were about to make the drive home to the Hub City, but coffee first.
My cousin and his wife told us about a half-marathon they were about to start training for in April and that we should join in. Ashton was all for it, but part of me was hesitant. 13.1 miles of straight running? I’ve trained for a 10K before, but a half-marathon just seemed daunting. But as we left and we made the drive home, I began to hear a voice telling me to say yes. So just a day later with a training schedule in hand, we began the long journey from couch to half marathon. I believe sometimes we need to say yes to those challenges that sound impossible. It’s an opportunity for growth and self-reflection. Plus, it helps when you have people holding you accountable!
I said “no” to excessive spending.
I’m far from a minimalist, but I do believe there are some great ideas to take away from the popular lifestyle. My temptation is to spend money. I naturally want to swipe my debit card the minute my paycheck deposits into my bank account. I’m not a natural saver, nor do I get instant gratification from stowing away money. But in the long run, I know it’s worth it.
Over the past few weeks, my view of money and possessions has really changed. I’ve been working on this for the past year, but the lightbulb is just now flashing. I now want to choose quality over quantity and experiences over a closet filled with stuff. Giving things away and only keeping the things I love has sparked more creativity in me and allowed me to enjoy the space I’m in, rather than feel anxiety.
So no more impulsive Target runs, no more careless grocery items and absolutely no more tempting purchases from my shopping emails. I’ll still go shopping, but it’ll be more intentional, and I’ll only buy the things I really love and that have a true purpose.
I said “yes” to living my life with intention and mindfulness.
Many of us get caught up in the craziness of life with work, school, kids, relationships, etc. I don’t think humans were meant to run on a neverending treadmill, trying to multitask and get more things done at a rapid pace. How can we enjoy life when we are so busy and tired? God gave us a day of rest, yet we are still hesitant to sit down and relax. I want to wake up every day with clear intentions of what the day has to bring and where my life is at this point. I also want to be more mindful in every area of my life — eating, drinking, working, relationships, finances. Being mindful and living intentional brings me great joy. My main goal is achieving balance every day, which is a challenge!
You may have also noticed a few changes to the blog. With a lifestyle blog, there’s a lot of room to talk about different topics. But the focus gets blurry sometimes. So I want to clear things up and have true intentions for the blog.
It’s finding balance in life, from a southern woman’s perspective. From fashion to faith to food, we can find balance in all things.
What are your “yeses” and “nos” for 2017? Are they similar to mine? I would love to hear from you.