Friends! Welcome to the last installment of our Simplifying 2017 series. This topic is a big one. How many of you spent 2016 frazzled, anxious, and tired? Me too. 2016 was a LOT around here. Good things, but lots of things. I felt stretched very thin. And I reached a point about 3/4 of the way through the year where I realized something had to change. In September of 2016, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos – a journey I’ve yet to really talk about to anyone other than my close friends and family. Hashimotos is an auto-immune disease that affects your thyroid. My “stretched-thin” feeling compounded with my health issues to leave me ready for a fresh start. So, while this post is focusing on “simplifying your heart,” what I really want to call it is “simplifying your frame of mind, focusing on the things that really matter, and taking care of ourselves.”
- Decide what lifestyle you’re after in 2017: I love the idea of coming up with a word for every year. My focus next year is “well.” I want to live well, love well, and continue to fill my well so that I can love my people… well. During 2016, after discovering my thyroid issue, I sat down (or laid down, tearily), and took serious inventory of my life. Work, during 2016, was really busy. Travel was at its peek. “Taking care of my body” was pretty low on my priority list. I’d (yet again) fallen into that trap where we, as women, think we have to put ourselves last to love our people well. NO. No. No. We also made a giant business decision that will change the trajectory of our business (and family) for the better.
- Make plans for nourishing yourself: Oh how I love the word nourish. “Nourish” is defined as “to provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.” YES. Yes. Yes. I invested in nourishment for my body and soul in all the ways after this realization. Vitamins. Water instead of tons of coffee (well…). Sleep at 10pm. Reading fiction books. Learning to cook (oh yea!). Having friends over at least once a week. Saying yes to coffee dates. Finding out what foods support my health and what foods do not (been gluten free since September). Trying new types of exercise (hot yoga! pilates! pure barre!). The idea that I don’t have time for these things is just CRAZY. And wrong. It’s a lie. I made time. That diagnosis snapped me into reality and these changes suddenly became paramount, necessary, and not optional. Do I feel different? I don’t even have words. I speak slower. I sleep better. My “recovery” has been and continues to be a journey, but its one I’m grateful to be on.
- Make a simple yes and no list: What are you saying yes and no to next year? I had to say no to a lot of things for 2017. And I chose to say yes to a few things too. Like writing another book. :) By the time this post is live, I’ll be knee deep and my heart is ready.
I’m wishing each of you a 2017 that is fresh and full of meaningful experiences. xo, Emily
Check out Parts 1, 2, and 3 of our Simplifying 2017 series for lots of fun giveaways, discounts, tips and more as we head into the new year. And, if you haven’t picked up your Simplified Planner yet, now’s the time! Orders over $100 get FREE domestic shipping until January 2 (and Happy Stripe is almost sold out)! Get yours before they’re gone! AND my book, Grace, Not Perfection, is on sale on Amazon for under $10 (for a limited time)!! The e-book is just $3.99! Check it out here.
Today we’ve teamed up with two of our very favorite brands to bring you the last giveaway of our Simplifying 2017 series! We’re giving away a gift card to purchase your very own set of PowerSheets from Cultivate What Matters, a $100 gift card to Amen Paper Company (their inspirational canvases are perfect to hang on your wall in 2017!), a monogrammed Simplified Planner bundle, and a copy of Emily’s book, Grace, Not Perfection.