Reflections as I look toward 2016
I’m slightly winded from my afternoon walk. It was brisk and it was chilly, but I always feel renewed after walking. I began my walking journey in February of this year. This simple, daily habit has changed me. I’m much calmer, more mindful and my overall health has improved. I aim for twelve thousand steps a day and more often than not, I far exceed that goal. The mental clarity I get from walking is indescribable. Walking became part of my self-care regime after enduring some pretty stressful events in my life.
2016 is just two weeks away and I always look forward to the newness of another year. I’ve taken off from work and am so excited to have time just for me. Sure, it will be filled with the splendor and surprises of the holiday season, but I won’t do anything that doesn’t bring me joy. Therapists spend most of their waking hours tending to the needs of others, often at the expense of self. Unfortunately, some of us learn the hard way, that self-care has to be a priority or we will pay the price–one way or the other.
I will exercise, spend time in nature, enjoy the company of family and friends and find gratitude in the small things. I have downloaded two books in my kindle and tons of new music on my iPod. I have two new coloring books and sparkly crayons. You do know that coloring is extremely relaxing, right? Hooray for time away from the office.
I won’t take a break from my daily walks. During this time, I will think about the goals for my private practice in 2016. What’s the next level for my company, and how will we get there? I want to teach the therapists who work for me, how they can make very good money, but balance that other things that make them happy. I’ve started a practice in Baltimore so I’ll put more energy into growing it. We’re opening an educational portal for online learning opportunities, so I need to keep that moving forward. It’s all so exciting, but it means I need to be fully present on every level. It means I have to stop, re-set, reflect and then charge onward. I’m here for it!
In the new year, I’d love to connect and collaborate with others who are in the helping professions. Another lesson learned this year, is that collaborating with others who do this work, is important. It’s helpful for learning, growing respective businesses and builds support networks. If you’re interested in collaborating with me and using your expertise to –write a book, facilitate a workshop, or another endeavor, email me–firstname.lastname@example.org I respond to every email. In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll find some time for you. I hope you’ll prioritize your self-care. I hope you’ll enjoy more success in 2016.
“[G]rowing into your future with health and grace and beauty doesn’t have to take all your time. It rather requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is. (267-268)”
― Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit