I can’t POSSIBLY be the only one who still feels like they’re in 2019...can I? For some people, probably most, the fact that it turned 2020 was an event to be completely unbothered about...just like the year before that, and well, the year before that one.
For me, waiting for the clock to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve was always magical; waking up New Year’s Day felt like a fresh start without even having to declare that it was.
So, where exactly did that magic disperse to? Because I feel STUCK in 2019. This time last year, I was making breakfast smoothies and planning my workout for the day, like a true resolution-maker-and-keeper.
And now, oh dear me.
It feels like I’m at the starting line of a car race, and my engine is roaring and ready to jet off against my fellow competitors... but when the light turns green, my car is stuck in neutral. I press the gas, wiggle the gear shift and look at the ref for help, and he just shrugs, “Sorry, Kid! You’ll catch up eventually.” I’m ready, but can’t move unless I get out of the car and run to somehow catch up with everyone else.
All of this of course, is ***very dramatic***, and the answer to this anecdote is most likely that I’m at 24-years-old, you don't quite get that new-year-new-me-everything-is-rainbows-and-pixie-dust feeling.
THAT, and the ideal that there’s probably more substantial resolutions I should consider putting into action that aren’t the typical “go to the gym!” and “eat healthy!”
All and all, what I’m getting at is January was a bust and I’m a freakin’ CAPRICORN. That’s MY time to shine and I hardly even sparkled. Anyone who would like find the magic in February with me for 2020, please come join me. I’m sure it was worth the wait.
In the meantime,
Here is a small resolution I have implemented into my schedule and intend to keep and I’d like to pass along with you:
It doesn’t really have a name, but I call it the 4 fives.
When you wake up in the morning, leave yourself 20 extra minutes to do 4 different things, 5 minutes a piece, that benefit you/your mood for the day. (Leisurely, it’s not a race down nor does it have to occur back to back to back to back.)
A LOT can happen in 5 minutes... yet it’s such a small increment of time. You owe yourself that.
It can look something like...
when you wake up, meditate and stretch your body for 5 minutes. Go about your usual morning routine, and spend 5 minutes reading some current events to get your brain started up for the day. Next 5 minute round, make your bed to start off on a productive note. And maybe the last 5 minutes you use to listen to a podcast driving to work. You will feel amazing knowing you served yourself first before trying to fill everyone’s. Pat yourself on the back and remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
January, it’s been real... but I’m ready for the real magic to begin, even if I have to make it myself.