I get all reflective when the new year hits. And today especially, because I recorded the first podcast for 2016…and you’re gonna love the guest! I was thinking back to my younger self and how happy (and a little surprised) she would be at all that’s happened in the last couple years. I thought about a conversation we might have would go down a little like this…
Young Me: So, wait. You’re telling me you have a baby?! I thought we weren’t going to…
Me Now: Yeah, I know. But he’s just SO cool. And D really convinced me how awesome it would be. He was right. I actually love being a mom.
YM: Ok, that’s weird. But he’s really cute, so I kinda get it. Also, what’s this I hear about you just up and moving to a new city? How could you leave Chicago behind?
MN: Charleston is so awesome. I love it here! Remember, I’m healthy now and getting more Vitamin D is good for me.
YM: Oh, yeah. You’re all into smoothies and shit. I guess it’s cool if it means no more endo pain for us. But please tell me you don’t meditate and do yoga stuff.
YM: WHAT? A cookbook?? Yesssss! We always wanted to write a book, but a cookbook? That’s incredible. Wait, what’s a podcast?
MN: I’ll explain podcasts later. But yes, the cookbook is really cool.
YM: Everything sounds so awesome. We’ve accomplished so much, come so far. So many of our dreams have come true! So…why are you still so hard on us?
Shit. Why am I so hard on myself? With all the awesome things that have happened in the past few years, why am I constantly thinking how I can be, do, and look better. What is this “better” I keep striving for? What would that even look like? I’m not even sure I know. I mean, I sorta know.
Not feeling 100% content isn’t a new thing for me. Growing up (and even last week), my dad has said the same phrase to me over and over again: “Live in the now.”
He loves throwing it out there when I’m questioning what the future will hold for my career, if I’ll ever truly feel successful, or if I’m just obsessing over where we’ll be eating dinner. Most times, I get annoyed for a second that he’s said it, AGAIN. But then I let it seep in, and I know that he’s right. I need to embrace the moment I’m in and stop fixating on the past and future.
So, as we approach this new year, let’s take some advice from my dear old Pops and try to live in the now. You’re allowed to get annoyed I just said that. But as it seeps in, you’ll hate it less and less. Promise.
And I’m not saying that we all can’t make goals and intentions or resolutions or whatever-you-call-them in the new year. But let’s step back and think about at least one or two things that your younger self might be really proud of…whether that’s a relationship, a promotion, that you finally got that dog you always wanted as a little girl. Chances are the younger you will feel proud of what you’ve done and tell you to stop being so hard on yourself. Can you share something in the comments that your younger self would be proud of? It can be big or small. I wanna know.
In addition to getting reflective, the new year also brings that juice and smoothie life to the next level. Everybody’s talking cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. Maybe you’re all about it, which is cool. But maybe you’re not – and that’s ok too. We’re living in the now, remember?! If you’re about it, you will have no problem finding some cool shit out there. Just google “cleanse 2016.” If you’re not about it, here are some very unjuice-like ways to start your day. Just DO YOU in 2016.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!