2019: The Year of Self-Care and Authenticity

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Happy New Year! I am so excited for a brand new year. It’s sort of funny that we sometimes wait until a new year to start on new goals and to reflect on our lives, but I think that’s what’s great about it. A new year allows us to reset our focus and start anew.

Reflecting on 2018, here are some things that happened:

  • My sister, who lives in Oklahoma, completed her master’s degree and it was so exciting to celebrate her accomplishment along with my family who traveled from California
  • I reconnected with friends – some I have seen/spoken to in 10 years!
  • I turned 28 on the 28th
  • I began a new job at a fortune 500 company that I felt extremely blessed for
  • My youngest child turned 1 in August and he’s proven to have a strong-willed personality
  • My father, who lives in California, began hospice care at home
  • I quit my job – my career as an Accountant – and began a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program
  • My daughter competed in her first dance competition
  • One of my older sisters had a sweet baby on December 22nd that she named Jacoby

Last month I met with my mentor who’s a physician and a life coach. Our conversation focused on something that I wanted to work on. It dawned on me that I had a difficult time expressing my authentic self. This “authentic self” can be answered when we ask ourselves, “Are my actions an accurate representation of my beliefs and desires?”

For the new year, I look forward to being a more authentic me – a version of me that I’m comfortable and happy with. A part of that for me is: creating a home I love, only wearing clothes that I enjoy wearing, working out to get fit and healthy, taking time to do things I enjoy doing like visiting art galleries, being involved in groups/events/activities that inspire me and continuing on my journey of getting into medical school. That’s a mouthful but, in essence, it’s simply being the sort of person that I want to be without feeling as though I have to conform to someone else’s idea of who I should be.

This is the year of self-care and authenticity. By nourishing ourselves, we can become happier individuals and, therefore, the best and genuine version of who we are. I hope that you take time this week to do something that fills your soul with joy. Have a lovely 2019.

With care,

Shirly

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