Happy New Year 2023! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season along with a lovely Christmas and were able to ring in the new year with loved ones and with gratitude in your heart.
I understand this is often a time when we build promises to ourselves, and make New Year’s resolutions. However, I want to reframe our thoughts about this. Often, we set ourselves big goals, and allow society to place so much pressure on us to have the best, perfect New Year. Perfect doesn’t exist, so let’s scrap that first of all.
I am here to remind you that it is A-OK if you are not there at setting those big, bold goals yet. It is perfectly okay if you take small steps towards those big goals, and if you take baby steps, because sometimes slow and steady wins the race. We then end up reaching our destination when we are ready and on our own terms, not everyone else’s. We can also find more time to celebrate the small wins and appreciate the journey.
The most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, but what if we each spent more time making a resolution or a better word; a “vow” to ourselves to see to our mental and emotional well being first and foremost? Wouldn’t we each be better off? I truly think so. In fact I feel lighter already.
Yes, our physical health is also important, and so I do encourage you all to continue to workout, get moving and do what feels good for you in terms of physical fitness. *Always consult your medical doctor before starting a new exercise regime. However, that is without losing sight of how important our mindset is.
If 2022 has taught us anything, it’s that even the people we perceive to be the happiest people on earth could be going through a mental health challenge of some kind. At this time, I wish to say I was, like so many of us around the world, so deeply devastated to hear about the passing of the amazing Stephen “tWitch” Boss; an incredibly kind, loving, open hearted, and compassionate, and extremely talented and beautiful human whose life was sadly cut short. May God send his family and friends strength at this very difficult time, and may he rest in peace. We love you tWitch 🙏🏼❤️
This is why I believe in this blog and do what I do from my 365 Reasons to Wake Up Every Day, to my Love Letters and why I take some time each week to find time to write and share some loving positivity. I do it with the hope that it reaches someone and reminds them that life is always worth continuing for. There is always hope in each day. **
**I want to make it very clear here: I understand depression can be like an incredibly dark tunnel that is hard to see clearly through, and everyone may not have the tools, support or strength to express what they are going through or think they able to get through it. I also want to make it very clear, I am not a medical doctor, or a mental health expert. So, if you, or anyone you know is going through mental health challenges, please be responsible, reach out and seek the help that you, or they, may need via talking to a mental health care professional and medical health care professional as, and if, needed. My 365 movement, Love Letters and Blog are not meant to replace medical treatment. My aim, instead, is that my writing and content can act as supplemental tools to inspire you, cheer you up, and give you hope to carry on to find the beauty in every day.**
Back to the topic at hand, I send you all so much love, and I hope you find the strength to approach the new year with joy in your heart, knowing you are so loved, and that you find inspiration to pursue your dreams in whatever way that feels right for you. I hope you do it on your own terms, and find time each day to look after your mental and emotional well being.
I also, most importantly, encourage you to reach out to those who may seem perfectly happy-go-lucky on the outside and just check in with them. I know they’ll appreciate it, even it may seem otherwise at times.
For some of you, mental and emotional self care may involve meditation, deep breathing, reading, writing, working out, listening to music, speaking to friends and family or even pursuing your career goals and passions. Do whatever brings you joy and whatever lights your soul up.
You’ve got this! I believe in you.
With so much love and light,
Sangeeta 🙏🏼💕 xo