We’re officially halfway done with this year. I’m so ready to end the next six months on a high note and make the most of the rest of 2017.
My big goal for 2017 is to edit my life down to only those things I find necessary and vital to my health, well-being and creativity. If it doesn’t bring me joy, I don’t want it to be part of my life, and for the first six months of 2017, I’ve been proactively getting rid of the things that are getting in the way of my living a beautiful and fulfilled life.
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For me, making the most of the rest of 2017 means that for the next six months, I’m being intentional about creating space for the things that make me feel fulfilled and at peace. It means getting rid of the clutter in my life so that I can think creatively, stay connected to my purpose, and focus my energy on launching my business. It means prioritizing spending time with my family and friends. And it means taking time for myself for meditation and worship.
So with that, here are four things I’m committed to getting done during these last six months of 2017 in order to make the most of the rest of the year:
Making the Most of the Rest of 2017
De-clutter my space
We’ve allowed our apartment to become all packed up with stuff we don’t use, don’t use, and don’t even know we have. We’ve been in our Brooklyn apartment for about a year now, and half the clutter is stuff we moved here with. The rest is stuff that’s been accumulating in piles over the past year: mail we’ve never opened, old notebooks full of scribbled ideas, beauty products I’ve tried and no longer use. Then we have stuff that’s not junk, but doesn’t have a designated place to live…so it still looks like junk.
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We started tackling the clutter this past weekend because I’ve realized I CANNOT think in a scattered space. It’s like my brain takes on the attributes of the space its in, and I have way too much on my plate these days to waste any time feeling scatterbrained. And so, we’ve been cleaning. And throwing things out. And throwing out more things. It’s been a few days, but I’m already thinking more clearly, and I’m less stressed out; it’s amazing what tidying up can do!
Create (and stick to) a routine
It’s been a while since I kept up with my daily routine. I created a morning routine for myself after reading The Miracle Morning, and it definitely changed my life. Earlier this year I was consistently waking up at 4:00 AM to meditate and to get a head-start on the day. But slowly, especially as my bedtime has gotten later and later, I’ve started to wake up later and later, ending my morning routine. For the past month or two, I’ve been scrambling to get prepared in the morning and then rush tired to work. I miss having my mornings all to myself. Without a morning routine in place, it feels like I’m starting the day without a plan. So for the rest of 2017, I want to maintain my morning routine and use that time to connect with God, center myself and devote time to my vision and purpose.
Prioritize my health and wellness
I need to take better care of myself, and now seems as good a time as any to do so.
It’s not like I have a terrible diet or anything, And I’m not totally inactive, but I don’t eat fruits and vegetables as often as I should (Maya eats way healthier than I do), and I have a soft spot in my heart for fatty food. I don’t drink enough water, which is starting to take a toll on my skin. For the first time in my life, I feel like I need to put on makeup before I leave the house. And I haven’t done any serious physical activity in weeks; I started running again earlier this year, but I haven’t kept it up.
I want wellness to be at the forefront of my everyday life. I used to practice yoga years ago, when I worked in D.C., and I’d love to start practicing again. I also want to get back to running, and I’d like to spend a few days a week in the gym. I also want to completely change my diet; I’m flirting with the idea of becoming a “weekday vegetarian” (and eventually a “weekday vegan”), and I’m using this app to help keep track of how much water I’m drinking.
Devote more time to my business
Now that I’m caring for an almost-eleven-month-old, I have almost no time to launch my business. I want to host at least one DREAM JOB Brunch this year, but I can’t find the time to plan one! Plus I’m trying to blog more frequently, send out my newsletter regularly, and have a more consistent presence on Instagram and Twitter. But trying to make time where there is none has had me feeling pretty defeated and really stressed out…
For the first six months of this year, I’ve pushed myself to my limits, and I’ve learned that I do not have the same 24 hours/day at this point in my life that I did before I had Maya. I’ve come to accept that. But I’ve also come to realize—in the last few weeks especially—that I’m supposed to build this business, and I need to devote more time to it. I spend most of my time either working (I’m a health professional at a nonprofit in Manhattan) or tending to Maya. I can’t really stop raising the baby so this past Friday—after much deliberation and prayer and fasting—I went part-time at my job and put in my six months notice.
For weeks I fasted and prayed about my next move, and I saw God respond so quickly and clearly that it was obvious now was the time to step out on faith and make some changes. I’ll need another post to share more about how God has been leading me for the past few weeks, but what I can say now (without making this post ridiculously long) is that I feel absolutely no anxiety about my decision. That’s how confident I am that God has led me to do this. Also, I’m so happy to have more time to do what I love (and what I believe I’ve been called to do): to support entrepreneurial women of color and create more opportunities for us to fellowship with one another, learn from each other and leverage each other’s strengths so that we can all move forward.
The last six months of 2017 will be fantastic. I’m claiming it, and I hope you are too.
It isn’t too late to make this your best year ever.
So, what are you planning to do (or what have you already done!) to make the most of the rest of 2017?
Let us know in the comments!
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