When we decide we’re ready to take a healthy step forward, we set out determined. We prepare to take action. Inside, we’re not sure we actually can reach our goal, perhaps, but we jump in anyway. Call it optimism, or craziness.
Our resolve may last five minutes, five weeks, five months. We have fits and starts. And it can be easy to beat ourselves up over the fits and restarts.
But as we take one step forward, then another, then sometimes three backward, we always can find something to celebrate.
What’s to Celebrate?
Celebrate that we started in the first place. Maybe before now, we only thought about changing. Or maybe we hadn’t even known we needed to make a change. But we’ve become aware.
Celebrate the baby step.
We also can celebrate the challenges we’ve confronted. When we take three steps back, often it comes with more knowledge about ourselves.
Celebrate the knowledge.
As we wrap up “31 Steps to a Healthier You,” today we celebrate baby steps, knowledge, and restarts. In this month-long series, we’ve discussed how we must start with a focus, can use technology to help us stay on track, and can make healthy choices in nutrition, movement, sleep, stress and other areas.
What baby step did you take in these 31 days? What knowledge did you gain?
How to Celebrate?
Perhaps you’ve started taking a step but it’s not become a habit yet. Keep going! How can I support you in that?
Or maybe you read something and said, yeah, I’ll try that – later.
I hope you will.
You can access an index of all 31 posts here. Bookmark them and feel free to come back any time you need resources.
Personally, I’m celebrating that I wrote and posted here 31 days in a row. That’s a first for me. And I’m celebrating what I’ve learned about myself and these topics as I’ve researched them for you.
Have I loved every single paragraph I’ve written? No. Have I stretched my personal deadline some days? Yes. Have I stretched myself? Yes.
Will I get out of the habit of writing regularly again? Probably.
But it’s then that I’ll celebrate the steps and the knowledge.
And I’ll begin again.
So Let’s Begin
Let’s begin with a celebration – a celebration for any step that helps you become a healthier you.
Celebrate anytime you act with awareness and intention.
Celebrate every time you put on your own oxygen mask first – before assisting others.
And celebrate every time you indulge in self-care that costs nothing – by offering gratitude, spreading kindness, nurturing creativity.
Take the next step.
Shall we begin?
I’m Amy Hoogervorst, an integrative health coach, offering grace and space for a healthier you. Thanks for joining me for Step 31 in the “31 Steps to a Healthier You” series, part of #Write31Days 2017. You can read all about the series and find past posts here. And I hope you’ll want to stick around for a while. If so, please subscribe so you’ll get updates.