The Year of No

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And just like that, we are there months into the “New” not so new year and tomorrow I will get to celebrate my 22nd birthday! Its bitter-sweet and almost overwhelming to see where I am today compared to where I was last year. Today I feel blessed beyond words to the point where simple thoughts, memories and new experiences make my eyes watery. Though life isn’t perfect or worry free, I am now in a place where I have dreamed of being for a very long time. This year I wrote down a list of things I wanted to accomplish  and focus on for my new years resolution. My over all goal was to dedicate this year to myself, and come to the realization that in order to do so I was going to have to teach myself how to say “No” a little more often. Two months into this amazing year I started to feel fatigued and tired. My mind kept telling to keep going and so was the voice inside of me but my body felt otherwise. For about two weeks I kept pushing towards an imaginary goal I had set out for myself, brushing off all the signs my body was giving me. Snapping out of control for no absolute reason, picking fights with my husband over silly things, not wanting to talk to people I love and make me happy because I couldn’t bare the idea of having to explain myself when they asked ” you’re always busy what have you been up to?”

And all of a sudden I decided to just stop. I reminded myself what my goals were and where I wanted to be and I stopped, and started saying “No”. No I will not pressure myself to finish one class a moth. No I will not go to every event I get invited to. No I will not wake up every morning at 4:45am to make breakfast. No the laundry may not get put away the same day as the day it was washed. No I will no stress myself nor punish myself over how many blog post I write. I was mesmerized by realizing that nothing changed other than the huge chunk of stress being lifted of my shoulders. The world kept turning and everyone’s life kept going all while I kept saying no and that was such a relief, Lol.

I started this blog in the hopes of teaching others about the importance of taking care of ourselves and it is important to understand that eating healthy isn’t all that matters. Taking care of our health is just as important as taking care of our souls and taking the correct steps to detoxify out mind, body and soul from all that do us any good.

List of things I have been doing this past few months:

  1. Finished my first college course of the semester and working towards finishing another.
  2. Started rebuilding my relationship with God and have been to church almost every single weekend and to make it even better my husband started joining me
  3. I’ve tried so many awesome recipes that I can not wait to share with you all.
  4. I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet so many amazing, uplifting women.

 

You may have failed, but you are not a failure. That’s what you did. That’s not who you are.-Joel Osteen

With love and a pinch of salt always,

Ana.

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