Looking back on 2015, it was definitely my best year yet. Most of my year was spent kicking ass and taking names (my mother’s wording). Now I’m not telling you this to brag, but to inspire and motivate you to create change in your own life during 2016.
Here’s how I made 2015 my bitch:
- I started seeing food as fuel.
For those of you who know the old me, this is a big change from my Diet Pepsi days or the chocolate chips phase (I’ve had many unhealthy habits over the years). After reading Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book, I started seeing food as fuel and my body as an incredible, intricate machine. You wouldn’t put ketchup in the gas tank of your car, so why would you put the greasy, over-processed fast food in your body? If you start feeding your body fuel, it starts working the way it’s supposed to. Now I eat food that gives me energy and actually fills me up.
- It was the year of ME.
At some point in 2015, I developed this profound love for myself. I became so proud of who I had become and where I was going in life. I became more self-aware – I recognized my strengths and weaknesses, and how to utilize this knowledge to get ahead. I did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it and I didn’t do things I didn’t want to do. I quit blaming other people for my circumstances and started taking responsibility for my own actions. I didn’t continue unnecessary or taxing friendships. I spent quality time with myself and treated myself well. I became so secure with who I was that I began doing many activities by myself. Read this on why you never get lonely if you like who you’re alone with.
- I exercised almost every day.
I went to cycling classes, pole fitness classes, did the Bikini Body Guide and then began creating my own workouts. I never exercised to achieve a certain weight, I did it because I knew I would feel better – looking better was just a plus. I went for long walks, I did push-ups on the kitchen counter and I did jumping jacks in my bedroom. Keeping your body moving is not only important for your physical health, but for your mental health. I feel stronger, more alert, happier and, for the first time in my life, can sort of do a pushup.
- I moved to a new country.
This was definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done – I got about as far out of my comfort zone as I could. After graduating college, I decided I wanted to travel and moved to New Zealand on a working holiday. New Zealand is absolutely gorgeous and while it’s been hard, it’s so worth it. I’ve met incredible people, I’ve discovered amazing things about myself and I’ve traveled to the most beautiful places.
- I sold, donated or threw out everything I owned.
I still have a few boxes at home, of memorabilia and clothes, but I got rid of everything else I couldn’t fit into my luggage for New Zealand. At age 21, I had accumulated so much junk in my tiny apartment – I couldn’t believe it! It was so freeing to get rid of all the things I had collected over the past few years. I started spending my money on experiences, not material things. Instead of buying clothes, I spend money on plane tickets, activities or shows. I’ve made so many cool memories by making this switch.
- I realized I can do whatever the heck I want!!!
This is by far the most important thing I’ve ever discovered. If I want to pack up and move across the world, I can. If I want to open a restaurant, I can. If I want to go off the grid and start living off the land, I can. The only thing stopping me is me. If you let go of limitations, the world becomes your oyster!
Figure out what it’s going to take for you to have your best year in 2016.
Ok, I’ll stop talking in inspirational quotes now. Thanks to all the people who made 2015 an incredible year, I’m looking forward to all the adventures in 2016!