When I graduated from college I expected life to be vastly different from the busyness I experienced my last three years of school. I quickly realized that was not the case. I was just a different kind of busy and I entered the realm of adulthood where we are often told that if we are not running ourselves into the ground we are not working hard enough. Fast forward a few years to when my children came along. Busy took on a whole new meaning yet again. I was running on fumes like I never had before even working two jobs and going to school full time. That's when I realized there had to be a better way. I didn't want my babies to grow up believing the same lie that I had, that adulthood is boring and busy.
My goal at Mind Body Kitchen is to empower women to choose something different. Something better. Because I know empowered women raise empowered kids, inspire their friends and neighbors, and have a unique position to affect more change than almost anyone else. I mean, if you enjoy the hustle, by all means, continue to do so. We need people like you. But if you are reading this, I think it's safe to assume that you are looking for something new.
Every new year we are flooded by messages like "change your body, change your life." "Buy all the new things to become who you were meant to me." "New Year New You." We start diets, exercise plans, and set goals to change our bodies, our homes, our lives. For the last couple of weeks I have been consumed with this messaging and it hasn't sat well. I couldn't put my finger on why until earlier this week that it is because these words make me feel less than. What I'd like to propose is a reset to our mindset. This year I decided to only set goals that will add to where I already am. I am already enough. I am already a good mom, a productive human, a functioning, contributing member of my community. I don't need a new me. I don't need an improved me. And neither do you, my friends. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having goals and aspirations to improve behaviors, systems, and situations, but you, my friends, are already doing a great job. If we enter New Year's resolutions from a growth mindset it becomes less about what we are not doing and more on what we are and what we can use from our already established habits to get where we want to be.