January 2018: Four Intentions to Find My Way Toward Happier Living

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Happy new year.

As I mentioned on Instagram, I believe that the tough stuff of the last year feeds the goodness that is on its way to us. In this way…

2017 was a gift to 2018.

And now 2018 can shine.”

With that said, I have no resolutions for the new year. Resolutions have never worked for me. You see, the expectations from the change of a year have always left me feeling overwhelmed, dejected, and stumped. I wrote a little bit about that in 2017.

Instead, I have set some intentions for myself to find my way toward happier living and do some of the stuff I mentioned in this story. I’m focused on purging stuff that has run its course (people, material items, processes); finding new methods for productivity; incorporating more movement into my life; and making satisfying dishes with fewer (but always wholesome) ingredients. To help me get better, I’ve read a bunch of stuff on the Internet (like you do). I hope what I’ve gathered might be helpful to you.

1. Let’s purge stuff that’s run its course.

After I went to sleep on New Years Eve, I had this rowdy all-night dream that showed me the sad relationships (with real people and folks whom I had idolized from afar) of my last year. In the dream, I interacted with the person, we’d have a few words, maybe we’d shake hands, and we parted with smiles.

Instead of freaking out, I took the dream at face value and I just mentally let go of those relationships. Sure, maybe they did something, maybe I did something, perhaps I thought they were something they were not – there are so many reasons why relationships end. But I want you to know that it’s okay that they do end. In fact, sometimes they have to.

By ending, they make room for new relationships or let you rekindle a relationship that has been waiting in the wings, getting ready for when you’re ready. In 2018, I’ll bring the positive closer and let the negative fade away. In fact, I’m feeding those positive relationships right now (that means you)!

As well, I found a few other ways to purge stuff, take a look:

5 Things in Your Freezer That Need to Go: This is simply, high-level advice to help you clean out that freezer.

10 Things You Should Throw Away Before 2018: Ways to declutter and recycle the mess that’s taken up space in your home.

What You Were Supposed to Learn Between 2016 and 2018, Based on Your Zodiac Sign: A little woo-woo but the good kind of woo-woo.

January Has 2 Full Moons: And what they mean!

Please Stop Complimenting Me On My Body: Just don’t say anything about anyone’s body anymore, okay? Okay.

How to Stop Judging Yourself & Others: What your judgements are really trying to tell you.

2. Find new ways for productivity.

Since transitioning from doing what I love – food! – on the side to doing what I love as a full-time thing now, I have struggled to find the best ways for me to get my work done. I’ve discovered that my day is easier and more satisfying if I wake at the same time everyday, including weekends, so I can do personal stuff before digging into my work. I also schedule out my day into 2-hour sections, just like I would schedule a meeting, to set some time limits to projects and keep things moving.

Here are a few more things I learned from the Internet:

Why You Should Wake Up at 5am Everyday: Feel good just by waking up early, plus all the stuff to do in that extra time.

How to Make a Week’s Worth of Amazing Lunches in 2 Hours: As part of their Feel Good Food Plan, Bon Appetit makes lunch snappy.

How to Turbocharge Your Productivity, Eliminate Stress, & Eat Rejection For Breakfast: I love this woman.

How I Found My Personal Style: Finding easy ways to dress like me has been my objective for the last few years. Ashley Ford shares how she did it.

The Size-Inclusive Brands You Need to Know: I’m a big fan of Universal Standard, among others.

The Sleep Apps You Need If You Have Trouble Catching Some ZZZs: If you’re going to use your phone before bed, check out these apps that may improve your sleep.

3. Incorporate more movement into life.

I’ve focused the last three years of my life finding a new way to food, a way of eating that works for my body and that takes decades of my life’s baggage into consideration. I’ve lost 70+ pounds on this wellness journey and plan to take you through exactly how I stock my pantry and what I eat so very soon.

For now, 2018 is all about finding movement. You see, this past year has been one of the hardest of my life and my body is in perennial pain. Since very little from a doctor has helped, I’m 100% owning my physical well-being now.

Late last year, I started acupuncture (which has greatly reduced the pain!). I started yoga with a private teacher and on the Internet last week. And thank goodness for regular epsom salt soaks because they ease my body into all this new movement.

Here are a few bits on all that:

True: 30 Day Yoga Journey: In addition to studying Iyengar yoga once per week, I’m on the Yoga with Adriene bandwagon. Perhaps you’d like to take a look, too.

Acupuncture Will Solve Your Stress, Even If Needles Freak You Out: A GQ point of view on getting acupuncture.

How Does Acupuncture Work? From an actual medical journal.

Health Benefits of Salt Baths: After all that movement, my sore body needs this.

4. Make satisfying dishes with fewer – but always wholesome – ingredients.

Food has always come easy to me: all of it, every last morsel, goes into my mouth quite easily! But seriously, now that I eat in a mostly plant-centric way, food is just better. The flavors taste clearer and my ingredient options have broadened (rather than reduced); there are simply so many vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, and grains on this planet!

I’ll write a follow up story with a peek into my pantry and favorite recipes next week. For now, here are some things I’ve read recently:

5 Food Trends We’re Predicting for 2018: I hate food trend articles but I am such a tinned-fish fan. Take a look.

Beyond the Cow: What Are The Best and Most Nutritious Milk Alternatives: Food writer Tamar Adler’s 10 favorite milk alternatives, and some may surprise you.

Sweden Wants You to Add Oat Milk to Your Morning Coffee: Though new to the States, I am a fan of oat milk. Here’s why Sweden likes it.

Homemade Oat Milk: A quickie recipe for you to try.

If this 2018 round up was helpful to you, would you mind letting me know in the comments below or over on Instagram. I love your feedback and support; and I want to create content that is super helpful for you in the new year! xo

Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019. 

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