Happy New Year Beauties!

This is the time of year when coaches and personal development bloggers share loads of tips and ideas about how to strut your stuff and live your best life in the new year.

With the new year comes a clean slate. A blank page. The chance to begin again.

If you’re ready to improve the quality of your life, chances are you will set your resolutions and begin to make changes in January. For many, the comfortable pull of ‘the way things have always been’ will start to sabotage your best intention and can often overpower newly minted resolutions before they have a chance to germinate. Feeling defeated, we often give up on our resolutions to transform our lives.

I choose to live in a resolution free zone.

I prefer to transform and improve my life with incremental steps toward profound change. Reflecting on my successes and shortfalls in 2017 helped define my personal intentions for the new year. While I have lofty intentions and enormous dreams, I expect setbacks. I believe you can correct your course of action and begin again at any time.

Taking a step backward does not mean you’ve failed.

If you are ready to make some changes, check in with how you feel about the following areas of your life to determine which area needs the most attention.

  • Self-Care
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Career
  • Finances
  • Spirituality

When I look at each area of my life I see that improving my health and well-being is most important. And while I improved my physical activity by walking at least 3 times per week from January through September, I ended the year going being more sedentary, even though I know better! This is not a new experience. I’ve played tug of war prioritizing regular exercise for years.  A large to-do list, self-sabotage and getting away from moving my body each day lead me here AGAIN. Can you relate? 

Here’s what I know.  When I regularly move my body, I am a much happier and healthier version of myself.  I know how great I feel after practicing yoga, taking a brisk walk or going a few rounds with my heavy bag. I intend to move my ass a lot more in 2018. To stay active, I will walk, practice yoga and dance.

When I inevitably fall off the wagon, I will pick myself up, dust myself off and begin again like I did today.

Awareness + Action + Beginning Again = Successful Transformation 

  • Identify what you wish to change
  • Honor where you are you right now
  • Identify where you want to go from here
  • Create a new daily practice to get you from where you are to where you want to be

This year I plan to RECEIVE what my body, mind and soul need to function with more clarity and creativity.  I intend to move my body in some way every day and be mindful of my tendency to work too much and live in my head too much.

  • Which areas of your precious life need the most attention right now?
  • What are your intentions for 2018?

About Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek is a Transformation Goddess, Award Winning Podcaster, Best Selling Author, Producer, Podcast Coach and Media Expert. Shann is the founder of True Balance International, LLC, Transformation Goddess, Podcast Bath Media Services, and co-creator of Anxiety Slayer.

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  • Theresa Dea Jan 8, 2018, 7:50 am

    I also choose to live resolution free!!!! Health and well being are huge for me. Slowly, slowly 2017 was about living a toxic free life – in all ways. 2018 is about physical, mental and spiritual health – abundance. Of course I fall off the wagon! I’m human! I’ve learned on my journey to laugh about it and climb back aboard. I look forward to your weekly posts! Namaste!!!

  • Debbie Jan 8, 2018, 9:14 am

    Wow, I was pulled to read this article and although this past year was a year of improvement and change it is I believe this great Universal year that is going to be great and abundant. I also think the resolution free is the way to go otherwise people seem to spend so much time knocking their selves down and give up. I am made great progress the past few years but now I am ready for even more progress and abundance! Abundance was my own deduction and it was confirmed here and I have had other signs as well already this year. I love your Goddess card messages (I use the same deck as well) and look forward to them. Blessed Be to you Shann!