How to Reflect on 2017

reflecton2017Today marks the end of something. Hopefully, that something – 2017 – was good. We are celebrating the beginning of a New Year, but there’s always a little bit of nostalgia that comes with New Year’s Eve.

When I was younger, I used to stay awake on the eve of my birthday and spend time saying goodbye to that year of my life. It’s quite silly looking back – that a five year old would spend a couple hours laying awake in bed, saying goodbye to a part of her life. But, I love the idea of appreciating what you have had, and what you have now.

It’s possible that appreciating the past – both the good and the bad – will help you move on to something really good. It may bring you closure where you need it. And it might help you let go of the past.

I got better this year from a long run of chronic invisible illness. But there was a lot of hopelessness in the middle. Today, I want to remember both. I want to accept healing and let go of hopelessness.

On Christmas Day, I set out all my presents and I looked at them. I allowed time to be thankful. I knew it was so important to accept all the thoughts and the love that people put into them. It’s important for me to know that people care and to know that I am worth loving. This is one lessons that I’ve learned in 2017 and I want to hold on to it.

With all this in mind, here are four ways that you (and I) can reflect on the past year. It’s pretty simple:

Four Ways to Reflect on Last Year

 

1) Remember the bad. Let it go.
2) Remember the good. Be grateful.
3) Remember 2017’s lessons to you. Hold on.
4) Look forward to next year. Be excited!

Life gives us pain. It gives us sickness and it gives bad health to those we love.

But, there is hope. Every day is a new day. And every year is just waiting for us to make a fresh start.

Happy 2018, readers.

Love,
Ashley Ruth

Resolve Well: Mind

Mind WellnessIt’s Wednesday! Still the first week of 2017, so if you’ve messed up on your diet, don’t you worry your pretty little head, ok? There’s still heaps of time to get it right! We’re talking about resolving well this year. No short term resolutions here. We want to make our lives better day by day, year by year. Monday, we looked at body wellness. Today, let’s talk about mind wellness.

The mind is something we don’t always thing about giving a facelift – but it is equally important for us to look after our thoughts, our dreams, and our brain’s health. Imagine if we applied anti-aging skincare to our mind – or if we touched up the blemishes of our brain with some foundation, brightening certain areas with eye shadow or mascara.

Take a minute to think about what you could be doing to contribute to wellness inside that head of yours.

For my mind to work, I need to have time with people as well as time alone. I need to make sure there isn’t clutter in my house because I know that clutters my brain, in a sense. I need to trade pessimism and lies that sneak into my thoughts for positive thinking and truth. Eating well and focusing on body wellness helps me with this. When I eat well and have a good amount of activity, I feel better in my mind. It’s easier to control my thoughts and change them into good thoughts.

Here are my personal focus points for mind wellness:

 

1)      Commune well.

  1. Have people over and enjoy playing hostess.
  2. Be involved in my church community.
  3. Treasure my “friend” time, and expand my friend circle.
  4. Find something to do in my community (art course, volunteer work, etc).

2)      Work well.

  1. De-clutter the house.
  2. Set up “my space” at a desk.
  3. Work at organization.

3)      Think well.

  1. Enjoy my times alone, setting aside time to refocus and meditate.
  2. Less Netflix, more writing.
  3. Switch negative thoughts for positive thinking, focusing on truth.

Mind Wellness GoalsThat’s it. I want to simplify my mind. There’s just too much clutter up there. Focusing on the world’s problems (or my own problems) won’t help me or others. I want to start clearing up those pimples on my brain, treating the problem. Here’s to mind wellness in 2017!