2020 was a year of inner growth, mental strengthening and finding the silver linings. It was a chaotic year in so many ways, and also a year full of grounding experiences. To be honest, it was one of the most wonderful years of my life. I know that I might get a lot of controversial comments with saying that...Buuuut after sitting back and truly evaluating everything, it’s the honest conclusion that I’ve come to.
I got to spend so much quality time with Kwin, and it strengthened our relationship with one another.
We were able to accomplish so many chores at home that have been building up over the years.
We spent so much time outside, adventuring new and old things!
We were blessed with the greatest blessing we could have ever asked for: Fitz Annmarie Morris
Going into 2020 I didn’t know what to expect, and I definitely didn’t expect a freaken pandemic! I, like many, had so many goals to achieve and had such high expectations of what pregnancy would look like: all of my family&friends going through it with me, having a fun baby shower, the family walking into the hospital room once Fitz was born…NOPE! But I’m not here to dwell on the past. Like I said earlier, I’ve found the silver linings in all that was thrown at us last year and going to put all the negativity in the past!
You never know what life is going to throw at you, which is why I’m going to be setting ‘Intentions’ this year and every month setting smaller goals to achieve. I like the idea of both Macro and Micro achievements, and this is a good way to do it! So here is to 2021!
Intentions for 2021
Journaling– I want to get better at journaling everyday. Whether it be what I’m grateful for, what I’m happy or sad about, something funny that Fitz did, or just a little vent session. I find so much joy in writing and getting what’s on my mind out! I have an app on my phone that I’ve been using the past couple months (Morning!) and I really like it; But want to transition to a more permanent style by using a spiral bound notebook.
Drinking more Water– Something that I think everyone can work on! It’s so easy to forget to drink…which isn’t good! 98% of the human body is water. I’ve got a 40oz Hydro Flask and plan to make sure that it’s accessible and filled up at all times.
Work on my own confidence level– This is something I’ve struggled with almost all my life. It’s easy to hide…and at times really gets to me mentally! So how exactly do I plan to do this? – By getting out of my comfort zone and reaching out to friends to do things – Not worrying about what other people will think of me/something I do, and just DO IT – If something is bothering me, confront it.
Being more aware of what I consume on social media– It’s easy to get caught in up the unrealistic reality that can be portrayed on social media. I want to make sure that what I’m consuming is beneficial for me mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Spend more time outside doing active activities– I know it may seem like Kwin and I are outside ALL the time, but to be honest, since having a baby it’s been easy to sit inside all day and not getting any fresh air! Being outside is so good for ones’ mental health, and I hope that by making an effort to be outside at least once a day, that Fitz will pick up on this habit too and love it!
Grow my blogging platform– I love writing! Gosh darn-it, I’ve said this for literally the past 4 years since creating my blog. But what happens is I get in my own head and think “Megan, nobody cares or even reads the blogs..so don’t waste your time.” And well, maybe it’s true..but maybe it’s NOT! So I’m gonna give this intention another try and just write away!
Thanks for reading everyone, and I hope that you all have found peace with whatever happened in 2020 and are ready for a fresh start this year! Here is to 2021 being a year of positivity, hope and new beginnings!
2017 was one of the best years of my life! It was a year of continued growth, and full of traveling and many adventures. It was a year of developing new friendships and pushing myself past my comfort zone. And the best yet, 2017 was the year I married my best friend and our life long journey together began.
Like I’ve said before, I don’t like to make ‘New Years Resolutions,’ because I feel like everyday we should be working toward bettering ourselves! Plus, lets be honest…after the first few months the excitement of the resolutions usually fades away. Instead of ‘Resolutions’ I like to start new goals and continue with ones I previously had been working on.
Now, what’s a better way to stay accountable to these goals than sharing them with you all?
Megans 2018 Goals
Be more Eco-Friendly: Kwin and I have always tried to live more of a “green” lifestyle. We love our planet and all the beauty that it provides us! Our house runs on geothermal energy and we bought a small wind turbine (plan on installing it this upcoming spring) to hopefully create some wind energy (northern Michigan is known for it’s windy weather). We also have decreased our trash we accumulate by recycling more and having a compost bin! This year I want to be better about using recyclable produce and grocery bags at the stores, unplugging things from outlets when we aren’t using them, and continue to use non-chemical household items (one of my favorites are the Norwex brand, check them out here!)
Read More: growing up I hated reading, especially during school-when you were usually forced to read books that you didn’t enjoy. However, as I’ve gotten older my love for reading has returned. My goal this year is to spend 5-10 minutes before bed reading a book, and not surfing through Instagram and Facebook!
Yoga: Stress occurs in everybody’s life, and how we deal with it differs amongst everyone. Some people sit and meditate, listen to music, go for a run or maybe even stress eat! I’ve tried them all, but not until last year did I realize how amazing Yoga really helped me. I use to think it was boring, slow, and a waste of time..but just like reading, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to really appreciate it! Yoga allows you to escape from reality and get in your own world, to stretch and recover, and become more familiar with yourself. I’m really excited to start incorporating this more often!
Build my blogging platform: What exactly do I mean by this? I love writing blogs, but sometimes feel like what I have to say would have no importance to anyone. I need to get out of my comfort zone and just DO IT. I plan to write more blogs and be more proactive with what I am posting. I hope to make connect with companies that I believe in, and maybe develop partnerships. I want my blog to grow into a place that inspires others regarding health, nutrition and an overall happy lifestyle.
Increase my cooking creativity and eat more wholesome foods: Kwin and I try to eat 80/20 (healthy/non-healthy) foods, but like everyone we get caught eating processed foods occasionally. After being in New Zealand and seeing the fresh ingredients that people were using to cook with I became inspired! I love cooking, but have a tendency of making the same things and using processed/easy ingredients. This year I hope to not buy as much processed things (like black bean burgers) and instead make my own, and get out of my comfort zone (yes, again) and make new things! RECIPE SUGGESTIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Continue to live a well balanced life: In the past I’ve struggled with obsessing over exercise and foods. 2017 I found myself, I found balance…AND IT FEELS GREAT! Kwin always says “train for life” and I completely agree with him! I hope to continue with what I have learned this past year and continue to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle.
Increase my knowledge about holistic health: Being a nurse, I am fairly educated on the ways of western medicine (what it taught in nursing/medical school). However, this is not the only form of medicine out there! Holistic medicine has always been extremely interesting to me; especially herbal medicine, acupuncture, and essential oils. This year I hope to read more and become more familiar with the alternative measures to living a happy and healthy life. Ways that doesn’t completely revolved around pills. I want to be able to teach to my patients and help them make lifestyle changes to help PREVENT them from coming into the hospital!
Although 2017 was an amazing year for myself, I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be even better! Happy New Year everyone, and I hope that all your goals and New Years Resolutions help guide you to living a happier and healthier life.