New Years Resolutions

New Year New You

The end of a year always signifies a time to reflect on not only where you are at in life, but also where you have been.  Some years or time periods are of not much significance and others are filled with major life changes, transitions, joys, or sorrows.  It is this inconsistent consistency that creates the progress or set backs in our lives.  At the beginning of 2015 I made a very important decision for myself to mindfully and specifically create a life for myself of joy and positivity.  I truly consider myself a positive person as a whole, but there are always circumstances in all of our lives that challenge even the most joyful to figure out where they are and where they want to be.  I had given away so much of my happiness over time, that I knew it was  imperative to gift that back to myself.  Being in the space I was in December of 2014 I felt tremendous pressure and an overwhelming feeling to make drastic changes within my life.  This felt heavy and burdensome.  I really was unsure where to even begin and how this could possibly be done.  I also knew that the pressure of a new year and even making resolutions for this new year seemed at best, daunting.  I recalled all the years that I was in a much better life space and even then these New Years resolutions were stressful and frustrating at times.  I decided that I needed a new and different approach being that the last thing I desired during an already emotional time in my life, was more pressure to live up to these expectations of resolutions.

Begin again

New you

My New Year Philosophy

With knowing that I truly wanted to avoid the pressure of the “New Years Resolution” trap, I had to come up with a better solution for myself.  I determined my new mind set had to be different and yet manageable for me to follow through on. It was at this point I  had to change my perception of what this new year new me meant.  I knew I needed to love myself more and that created my new philosophy from here forward.  The beautiful quote by author George Eliot “It is never too late to be what you might have been” was a lovely reminder at this time in my life that I could be and change anything of my choosing. Thus my new direction with a new year was born. I determined that the one and only thing that I was to concentrate on in this new year and all the time after was to love myself.  Good, bad or indifferent, I must embrace that in which I am , and love myself in all ways, always.  Through the times when I am hard on myself for my physical insecurities, my lack of organization, trying to be a better mother, daughter, friend, or person.  I often times was too busy to nurture myself.  I determined to put all that away and thrive in absolute and complete joy.  Regardless of my faults or feelings of not good enough, I truly wanted to exude, live, love, share and marinate in love and joy.  I wished to release negative thoughts and habits on myself, find and live joyously and share that with the world.Find Joy

Where this journey took me

Since this new found journey of loving and nurturing myself I have found it so interesting in how things have fallen into place for me.  I changed my mind set, my thinking and my inner dialogue to myself.  Telling myself that I loved myself and that it was okay to make mistakes but to stay strong. I’ve stayed consistent. My essential for this was not to get discouraged when I did not make as much progress as I would have hoped.  Continuing to have strength and gratitude for the process, knowing that the next moment, hour, or day that I could do better. I wanted to take better care of my body and nourish my physical being.  I wanted to take better care of my emotions and create and allow myself to be surrounded with circumstances and people who would add to my life and not take away.  I wanted to take better care of my spirit and fill it up with any nurturing thing that I needed, prayer, meditation, exercise, reading, and joy filled activities.  I changed the energy within myself and around myself and my world shifted.  It became what I was feeling and living, joy.

Reflection

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Reflecting Back

Seeing now that it has been a year I quite honestly cannot believe where I am now, compared to where I was.  It truly feels as if I am a completely different person and yet the person that I always have been all in one.  It has been a metamorphosis and a true gift of learning, love and living authentically to who I am to my core.  This year has brought so many new amazing things into my life but also removed so many negative things and much needed healing.  Each one of us have things in our lives that we can improve upon.  The message for this new year is to know that within the realm of loving yourself, truly embracing all the good and bad of who you are when you shift your thoughts, behaviors and energy into pure love for yourself your world then begins to change.  You are worth it, life is worth it, the joy and love is all worth it. Love

Begin each day with joy

I am so grateful for this past year and look forward to continuing to love myself.  I know there is so much more to learn, to accomplish, to share, to love.  There is an abundance of joy and new exciting experiences, people and journey’s that I have to look forward to.  I will keep on keeping on and love within stronger, and more determined than ever.  Embrace your journey, embrace yourself and I wish you all a beautiful, loving, joyful 2016! Happy New Year!

Much Love.

Xo,

Sascha

 

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  1. December 28, 2015 / 1:59 am

    I don’t have words to express how much I loved this post. It was eye opening and inspiring and your writing is one of the best in the ‘blogosphere’.
    Thank you for a much needed post.

    Love,

    Isaya

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      December 28, 2015 / 2:28 am

      Thank you so much! Your comment means a lot and I truly appreciate it! Hope the new year brings you an abundance of joy and love.

      Xo

  2. December 28, 2015 / 6:42 am

    You are an amazing writer and capture what the audience is feeling. You seem so genuine and real. Your kids are so lucky to have you. Cheers to your year Sascha!

    xo- Maggie

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      December 28, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Thank you Maggie! I am so happy you enjoyed my writing! It means a lot. Happy New Year and best wishes!
      Xo

  3. Hanseenee
    December 28, 2015 / 6:43 am

    really inspiring… i’m loving every single post… happy new year to U n ur family 🙂

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      December 28, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      I truly appreciate that! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I am grateful! Have a wonderful new year! Xo

  4. December 28, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    This post was lovely and inspiring. Thank you!
    pareenm.weebly.com

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      December 29, 2015 / 3:53 am

      Thank you! So happy I can inspire even just one person. It means so much! Have a very Happy New Year.
      Xo

  5. Kayla
    December 29, 2015 / 4:22 am

    I have been very blessed this year as I have been recovering from a battle with lung cancer. This post truly inspired me to not worry just of my physical health but how I feel mentally of myself. For so long I have felt like less of a person or the odd man out and this post helped me open my eyes to a new me. So, thank you.

    Xo-Kayla

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      December 31, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Kayla, I’m so sorry to hear about your difficult battle with cancer. I hope you may truly embrace this new year and love yourself more and embrace your beautiful spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I wish you all the best in the new year! Take care. Xo

  6. Sofia Hill
    December 30, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    This was….breathtaking. Tears were in my eyes the whole time I was reading this. This is what i needed to read. This is what have been wanting to express for so long and finally this is it. Holy cow. This was beautiful. Thank you

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      December 31, 2015 / 6:01 pm

      Thank you for such kind comments. I am so happy that you enjoyed this post and it had so much meaning for your! Have a wonderful New Year!! Xo

  7. rosanne
    January 3, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    This was so beautiful. Have a wonderful New Year! Xo

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      January 9, 2016 / 1:42 am

      Thank you Rosanne! Happy New Year to you as well!! Hope it’s amazing. Xo

  8. January 3, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    The way you wrote it was beyond beautiful. I like your personal aproach to ‘New Year Resolutions’ I think is good that all of us turn them in the best way for each one of us. I personally like to ser them as long término goals, habits that will improve myself and take me to somewhere better. But, as you, I also don’t like that sense of pressure that this time implies. I also don’t want to drop this goals by the first week of the Year, and that’s why I’m starting small, with things I can start achieving and that will lead me to fullfil those goals. As in general, 2016 and the years to come are for myself: I aim to achieve a good mental and healthy mind and body.

    It was great to read this blog, loved it so much!

    Laila, herplaceattheuniverse.blogspot. com

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      January 9, 2016 / 1:41 am

      Laila, Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog. I am so happy that my words spoke to you and I loved your thoughts on your own view of starting the new year. It is so lovely to share and hear what others experiences are and I truly wish you the best! I hope to check out your blog as well and hope your 2016 is filled with happiness and positivity in every way. Take care. Xo

  9. Anne-Mari
    January 3, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Hi, Sascha!
    I found your blog recently and your style to host a blog is amazing. I can see from the pictures that you really know how to use the camera! You have beautiful photos. It’s also impossible to not see how passionate you are and you’ve done a lot of work for your blog. I’ve had a few blogs on blogger/blogspot when I was younger but would you recommend wordpress? What are your thoughts about it, is it easy to use?

    – Anne-Mari

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      January 9, 2016 / 1:38 am

      Hello! Thank you for the kind words about my blog! I used blogger years ago in limited amounts. I have really liked WordPress and have enjoyed having a self hosted site. I feel like it is fairly easy to navigate and I have only had a positive experience with it thus far. Good luck and I hope you find this helpful! Happy 2016! Xo

  10. angelinaa
    January 4, 2016 / 2:39 am

    Youre blog is amazing, I love the way that you embrace yourself! Have a very Happy and wonderful 2016!
    xoxo, Angelina

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      January 9, 2016 / 1:36 am

      Thank you very much! I am so happy that you are enjoying my blog! Happy New Year and hope it is filled with joy! Xo

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      January 9, 2016 / 1:35 am

      Thank You!! That is so sweet! I truly appreciate it. Xo

  11. Emilee H.
    January 7, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Sascha,

    I just recently started reading your blog, and I must say you are so inspirational. I love that you embrace the good and bad & that you are so warm-hearted. I have seen you before in your daughter Aspyn’s vlogs on YouTube and I absolutely LOVE what you have to say. (No, I am not just saying this because I want you to notice me or to write me back) But I am saying it because when I read your blog, it helps me. It helps me realize that even though I am going through some hard times, I should always look at what my life has brought me. So, I thank you. Thank you for being an inspirational AND motivational person. You have no idea how much it helps..

    -Emilee H.

    • saschaovard@gmail.com
      January 9, 2016 / 1:49 am

      Emilee, thank you for your beautiful comment. I am so happy that I can hopefully inspire you to embrace your own life the positive and negative. Please know there is so much joy to be had in life and even through the tough times there is always light and love we just have to choose it. Stay positive and I thank you so much for supporting both Aspyn and myself. It means so much! Have an amazing new year and I wish you all the best. Xo