Archives for Holidays
If you're setting resolutions this year, consider reflecting on the below questions to make sure they're truly right for you. Because what's the point of making goals or creating intentions that only make you miserable while you're trying to achieve them and live them?
When we start a new year, we often feel a whole lot of pressure. After all, we've "indulged" for the past few months or weeks. We've "given in" to our crazy cravings, and eaten terrible things like cookies and cake. And now it's time to get serious. It's time to "get back on track," get into the gym, "eat clean," count calories and keep ourselves "accountable." It's time to work off the weight we likely gained during the holidays, when we were being "bad" and "naughty," when we were left to our own---devious and deplorable---devices.
The average American gains X number of pounds between Halloween and Christmas. It takes just a few meals to gain weight but many months to lose it. Don't eat the cheesecake! That's way too many calories. For every "treat," you need to do X number of push-ups and burpees and cardio and.... You'll be paying for that pumpkin pie! Never have a second helping! Don't forget about bikini season!
Since I started writing Weightless (in 2009!), every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves—whether we’re celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas.
Last week I shared 50 quick journal prompts to help us get to know ourselves a bit better. Below you'll find 50 more prompts, which focus on your favorite things. As you're gathering with your friends and family for the holidays, consider asking them to share their favorites, too. Often there are so many things we don't know about each other because we simply don't think to ask. This holiday season, consider asking---and be sure to share your own responses.
Tomorrow, we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving in America, a day for counting our blessings (and eating yummy pie!). In honor of that, I'm republishing a piece from last year, which features questions to help us give thanks. To help us rediscover and remember what is meaningful to us — from the super small to the really big. I hope you like them!
In a recent yoga class, one of the instructors talked about tossing out resolutions and instead making a commitment. She gave the example of committing to saying something truly positive to ourselves every morning. I like this. I like it because making a commitment feels like you're honoring and respecting yourself. It feels solid and tangible and strong. A commitment feels like it's rooted in an authentic desire. A desire born out of a respect for your well-being and your needs.