As we find ourselves at the end of the year, the clammer of New Year’s resolutions – from the fitness and diet industry and beyond – gets louder and louder. And, while we’re hiiighly skeptical of the pressures and motivation behind goal setting this time of year, we certainly believe in the power of fresh starts when we use them well.
And so, we thought we’d share some of our own.
But our resolutions this year go a bit deeper than a number on a scale or a number on a barbell. A bit more to our core than meal prep and daily stretching. Don’t get me wrong – those are beautiful goals and potentially very helpful strategies, but this year, we’re resolving to change [or, better, come home to] the place from which we choose our other goals for years to come.
Here are my new year’s resolutions for all of us who find home in them:
1. We’ll live big.
We’re talking big dreams, big goals, big laughs and big energy. This year, we’ll work to heal from all the ways we’ve been told we are too much, or not enough, and shed the identities we’ve built up to shield ourselves accordingly. We’ll demand more for ourselves than the expectation that we’ll shrink who we are to fit the mould.
We do nobody any favours by denying our light, our power, our voice or our joy – so we won’t do it anymore.
2. We’ll eat joyfully and move our bodies from a place of empowerment.
Food and movement can be particularly tricky this time of year, but we won’t be manipulated by the shame and guilt and gimmicks and body trends – now or ever again.
xThis year, we’ll eat for joyful nourishment, recognizing that to truly share our magic with the world, we need to be well-fed. And we’ll move our bodies in ways that feel like a celebration of all we’re capable of, not a punishment to be endured. We’ll demand more from our movement than just losing that last 5kg.
While the media around us is focused on shrinking, we’ll eat to thrive & lift to grow – physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally – into the strongest versions of ourselves.
3. We’ll choose what we want for ourselves from a deep-rooted place of fuck yes.
It’s fuck yes or no thanks for us this year.
You know that feeling when you are totally aligned with what you’re doing and absolutely excited about the next step and the step after that? THAT is the energy we’re looking for behind the next batch of goals we set.
We’re done letting capitalist industries tell us how we need to change or what the next thing we’re chasing should be. We’ll take the space to make our own decisions about our lives and bodies — the way they look, the way they feel, the way they perform and the way they show up in the world – with a big, big fuck yes.
Putting it into practice in 2023
With this celebration of us and all we deserve as our baseline, we’re bound to set and reach all kinds of new goals that build us up and make us feel truly fulfilled. Maybe that’s learning and nailing a really big lift. Maybe that’s learning how to fuel your body to feel its most badass. Maybe that’s climbing a mountain. Maybe it’s all of that and more.
And to get it done, we’re doubling down on building up our community around these guiding resolutions – a safe space to be supported, to ask for help, to cheer each other on and to go forward together on the dreams that make us feel whole.
Our community will be both at the forefront and the core of this adventure because we believe we are stronger together and, frankly, doing it side by side is just way more fun.
So here’s to 2023 friends – if these New Year’s resolutions found a place with you or you’ve already found your own, I’d love for you to reach out and share where you’re at and where you’re going this year. If you’re reading this, you’ve got a community behind you and we’d love to cheer you on from here.
Big things are coming for us, friend, I can feel it.