This New Year has been a huge transformative season for me. I have been working on de-cluttering my home, re-evaluating my belongings and my intentions behind them. It’s been a real therapeutic cleansing, both physically and emotionally.
I also took the time to sit down and collect all of the valuable lessons I have learned in the past year. There were a lot. I became a mother for the second time and it changed me in ways I could have never anticipated. It was a rebirth for me and I really took the time to focus on myself and give myself the time and energy I deserve. 2018 left me feeling restored, reenergized, and as if I’m looking at life through a brand new lens.
Here are ten lessons from 2018 that truly stood out.
1. Setting boundaries for social media is key to avoiding toxicity.
We are in control of what we see. We control who we follow, and how much time we spend on our phones. We are responsible for how we let social media influence our lives. This cannot be forgotten.
2. What people think of me is their business.
Everyone has heard this before, but it never really clicked until this past year. I was always so concerned about what others thought about me, especially when it came to my appearance. It took me forever to realize that nobody cares. Nobody cares if I’m not wearing makeup or if my hair isn’t washed. They don’t care if I haven’t “gotten my body back” or if I’m not dressed to the nines. Even if they do care, that’s THEIR problem, not mine. I’m just going live my best life and be free.
3. It’s ok to not have a plan.
Up until this year I have struggled with not having had found my professional passion. I have no clue what I’ll be doing once my children start school, but I do know that I’m right where I should be for the time being. I’m currently raising my children without the stress of what the future holds. “If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” – unknown.
4. Batch cooking is our truest friend of all time.
When I’m making a recipe with great freezer potential, I double it up. Preparing a meal for immediate use and one for the freezer for future use has saved me on so many occasions.
5. Exercise is crucial for a happy body and mind.
Any form of activity, mild or intense, uplifts the spirits, strengthens our foundation, and restores our energies. It’s not about weight or muscle tone, it’s about the quality of our lives.
6. Being a stay at home mom of two is a constant tug of war of emotions.
We hold ultimate strength with moments of weakness. Thick patience when it’s not wearing thin. Forever trying to fit some self-care in between our selflessness. There are so many extremes to this gig and balancing the multitasking is the biggest challenge of all.
7. Reverse mom guilt is just as much a pain in the ass as regular mom guilt.
Feeling happy and healthy in a parenting role should be honored and celebrated, not questioned and hidden.
8. Treat yourself like the queen you are.
Dress for today’s body. Love it and spoil it. Living in cheap threads until we lose weight or build more tone is telling ourselves that we aren’t good enough. We deserve to look and feel good every damn day.
9. There’s a reason our grandmas used sugar in cooking.
A pinch of sugar makes the world of difference in marinades, roasted vegetables, sauces, dressings, and so on. This isn’t new news. It goes way back. At one point in my healthy living journey I was persuaded to believe that all forms of sugar were evil. Turns out that a pinch of moderation here and there plays a huge impact in our food relationships and the outcome of our recipes.
10. Lastly, everyone has different priorities and different circumstances that define them.
If we look close enough, we can see all of the beauty that lies in each and every difference between us whether big or small. This is a constant matter that needs to be approached with a shit ton of love and respect-nothing else.
I would absolutely love to hear what the year 2018 left you with.
A good recap can be a great starting point heading into a new chapter. Whether we were faced with a challenging year or the best year there are always lessons to be learned. I am wishing all of you Body Book babes a fantastic year full of love and life. Cheers!
Dive deeper into Chantal’s 2018 takeaways with these reads: Rethink Your Social Media Habits and Restore Positivity, 4 Ways to Love Today’s Body, and Battling the Fears of Tears.
CHANTAL URBINA is a registered Massage Therapist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is passionate about living a life full of health, love, and happiness and that all three start with our diet. “Nature’s healing properties will never cease to amaze me and it inspires me day after day to create and share recipes made with only real whole foods.”