Okay, I admit it – I buy into the New Year’s hype about starting anew, making resolutions and setting goals. In fact, every new year, I try to make a list of the things I want to accomplish this coming year, places I want to see and friends I want to visit. The list is quite long and no, I don’t get everything done, but it feels good to check some of those things off as the year progresses and accomplish dreams, goals and ambitions.
I have many many things in store for 2009. On the business side, I am looking forward to some travelling to deliver wellness workshops, new clients, more cooking classes, opening an office and some things I won’t mention here because I don’t want to spoil it. But I know that none of this would be possible if I didn’t believe in myself and in my profession.
As a Holistic Health Counselor, you would think that I would spend 100% of my time focusing on nutrition, calories, fat, proteins, etc. with my clients. But so much of what I do focuses on body image and self-esteem. As a former anorexic, I certainly do relate to many of my clients’ struggles with food. As a result, I don’t focus on nit-picky, numbers (calories, fats, proteins, etc) of nutrition, but instead on forming a relationship with food because I believe that is the most important thing. I don’t believe any number matters if you don’t love yourself and you don’t trust your food.
I am thinking about this today because one of my clients emailed me recently regarding something wonderful happening in her life. “Thank you so much for helping me arrive at this place and believe in MYSELF! I honestly believe that that is key! I love myself…which i think allows others to love me.” Ironing out her issues with food opened up doors in several areas of her life, including relationships.
So, this new year’s start, I encourage you to take a look at your “primary foods” – those things that fuel your life, like career, relationships, home life, spirituality and physical activity. Where are you off-balance? Where can you improve? What is lacking? What is good? What can you do to improve? Include these things in your 2009 list and strive to make some changes this year. Some things you can do on your own, others you may need some help or support. Don’t hesitate to ask for it. Improving just one area of your life can spill over onto every other area.
Why wait? You are worth it!