I often look at the start of a new month as a chance to review, revise, and examine my goals. With October ending on the high note of Halloween and November starting to feel a bit more like Christmas (since we've celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada already) there are lots of things to reflect on.
I continue my exploration into mindfulness, moderation, and minimalism. These areas really interest me as a dietitian, someone who enjoys spending time on self development, a soon to be mother, and as a life long learner. Thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, I think it's fairly obvious to see that moderation is important. I truly believe in finding balance, since the enjoyment of holidays and food is part of the enjoyment of life...BUT of course, I prefer us to really taste the food, make wise choices, and learn from our mistakes. How do you want to spend your calorie budget? Is the kitkat worth it, or do you have a different 'treat' you'd enjoy more? Why? What do you like about it?
There is so much to be mindful of, but in our food culture we tend to eat first and think later (if at all). Balance is something I have worked on, and in some parts of my life (ie balancing healthy choices with the occasional 'treat') I do quite well. I do however tend to be a busy-body and have a hard time turning work 'off' so I continue to work on balance in other areas of my life.
Over the last 9 months or so, I have been mindful of my food and fitness choices in a new way since they are directly affecting my soon to be child. It has been a whole new way to look at mindfulness. Plus, with all the baby things available to purchase, it has been a great chance to think about minimalist living. I've been trying to clear out some of our stuff to make room for some of the things the baby will need. I also recently started reading Joshua Becker's Clutter Free with Kids to try to stay ahead of the game - I have this big idea that I'm going to have a lot of time to read this next year, but part of me realizes that isn't a realistic goal with a newborn!
As an entrepreneur and self employed dietitian, my life will be changing in many ways with the addition of this new baby. It may mean some changes for my business and will definitely challenge me in new ways. We've been dealing with lots of things that are beyond our control lately and waiting for the arrival of this little one is no exception. I am constantly reminded to let go of the things I cannot change, and there are many of them. I'm a 'doer' so part of my mindfulness practice involves trying to let other people do things for me, trying not to worry or stress about things that don't deserve my energy, and remembering to be grateful each day. Don't let a sense of a 'lack of control' get in the way of your dreams and goals. With mindfulness, moderation, and minimalism, we must take one small step each day (and sometimes a step back), but the long term results and changes will be worth it. Maybe you have an unrealistic expectation of yourself or are judging yourself by someone else's standards - instead focus on the positives and remember how far you've already come and the habits you're creating.
*I still plan to post and share articles as often as I can, but please understand that I will have a new focus in my life that requires my attention for awhile :)
Steph Langdon, RD
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