Here we are, closing in on 365 days and the end of this year. And, what a year it has been.
So much has changed in my world, in this year, that I am dedicating a full day to each of my promises: head, heart, body and soul.
Because if I have learned anything this year, it is this: the magic is in reflection.
Part 1: head
I began this year cramming my head with information, studies, research, data. All to figure out the best way to take care of my body and soul. The more I learned and packed into my brain, the more I realized one overriding theme: I was utterly confused.
Eat only protein! Stay away from meat!
Only raw foods! More green smoothies!
No cold foods! Only raw milk! No dairy!
No gluten! Whole grains only!
Raw foods, Paleo, gluten, dairy, it’s enough to make eyes pop out of said head.
But the biggest challenge for my brain has been something that took more than a cookbook and something bigger than a diet plan to overcome — it was my perfectionist tendencies.
Because I want to be perfect.
But I’m not.
And it all surfaced in my writing, or rather my promise to write something everyday AND make it public. Deep down I wanted everything to be funny, and witty, and smart, and inspiring and just plain not crappy.
But, some days, I just didn’t have the words. Or any thoughts. Or the inspiration. I thought everything I wrote sucked, or wasn’t quite right, or (GASP!) sported spelling errors.
And then somewhere along the way I realized it didn’t matter.
Because I did not make a promise to blog funny, and witty, and smart, and inspiring and just plain not crappy content all year long. I made a promise to take care of my head, heart, body and soul and write everyday to stay on track, to have accountability — to myself.
And, there is something magical that happens in the brain (I think it’s a super high tech scientific chemical reaction) when you make a promise and keep it, no matter what — no matter the lack of inspiration, the loss of a good idea, the public scrutiny, the sticking your neck out — you realize that whatever comes from your heart is perfect.
It’s powerful. It’s moving.
And it’s just right.