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Episode 185: 10 Things We're Leaving Behind in 2022 - Part 1

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We're 3 weeks into 2023 and I know when a new year starts we set our eyes on who we want to become.

But we sometimes forget that in order to evolve into the next version of ourselves, we have to let go of the parts of us that don't serve us anymore and that are keeping us stuck. 

To be clear, this is not about judging ourselves for past mistakes we made or past versions of ourselves that no longer resonate with us.

This is about showing gratitude to those parts that helped us at one point in our lives, and lovingly releasing them so we can move forward and align ourselves with our higher vision. 

1. Second-guessing ourselves.

Even if you can't explain it logically, your initial gut instinct about a situation or person is usually right. Don't let yourself or someone else talk you out of what your intuition is telling you. 

I remember with my last boyfriend, within the first year I knew he wasn't the right person for me. But he was a good man, he treated me well, we had good chemistry, and no one understood why we broke up. So we went back to each other again, and again, and again. 

Do I regret it? No, we learned a ton about ourselves in all of those iterations of us, and that last round is what led me back to therapy which has been life changing.

However, had we actually let go that first time we broke up (when my gut was screaming that it wasn't right), I might not be almost 31 and single. 

2. Avoiding discomfort.

Life does not get easier by avoiding challenges, it gets easier when we overcome them. Discomfort is the cost of entry to the next level of health, love, and success. 

So embrace it as an inevitable and necessary part of the journey. A stronger, happier, more resilient you will come out on the other side. 

3. Hustle culture.

You heard it here first, hustle culture is dead and gone. Gone are the days of 'I'll sleep when I'm dead.' We are sleeping this year!

We are resting, recovering, loving ourselves, finding work/life balance. We are remembering that life is happening now and we aren't guaranteed tomorrow.

No more sacrificing our hobbies, our loved ones, and our joy in the name of work. We do our best work when we are our best selves, and that means we need to prioritize our mental and physical wellbeing at every turn.

4. Self criticism.

Calling yourself fat?? Sooo last season.

We are loving ourselves as we are in this moment, in this body, in this season. Because when we love ourselves, cheer ourselves on, and encourage ourselves, we become unstoppable. 

Remember, every part of ourselves that we don't like is there to protect us. Being overweight may have protected you from unwanted attention growing up. Perfectionism is your way of trying to avoid failure and the hurt that comes with it. Being shy and timid may have protected you from an abusive parent. Being loud and aggressive may have protected you from a bulldozing partner. 

This year we need to embrace even the parts of ourselves that we don't like, also known as the 'shadow self'. Give that part the love and appreciation it deserves and watch yourself flourish this year without the weight of your own self-loathing holding you back. 

5. Timelines. 

Ooooo this is a big one for me this year. Releasing the timeline of marriage, and babies, and home-buying has not been easy. But the truth is, stressing about when things are going to happen for me won't bring them any faster. All that does is create stress and anxiety around a situation I have no control over.

So whether it's weight loss, or healing, or a relationship status, or a job title, or an income level, or any other goal you desire, release the timing of it. Commit to the process, keep putting one foot in front of the other, stay open, and trust that when you do those 3 things, your success is inevitable. 



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