I usually take time to look inward every year around the same time that "New Year Resolutions" get made. But for me it has never been about New Year Resolutions; because we all know how easily they are broken before January even has a chance to be over.
For me, the annual deep look inward is more like Spring cleaning for my soul. This year I happened to be turning 50 in January so my look inward was a major milestone and extra rewarding. In late August I had started to examine all of my relationships and areas of my life where I was not being honestly happy.
Particularly my unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the relationship I had gotten myself into with my ex-husband. He was living with me in my home after we had went our separate ways over 5 years ago and we had not had any contact for all that time.
I was not following my dreams of becoming a better writer and getting more of my writing out into the world.
I was constantly fatigued, stressed and overweight.
I knew I had to work on me, the whole package in order to live my very BEST life everyday.
First, I signed up for an online college level writing course - I completed it at the top of my class.
Second, I asked my ex-husband to move out of my house. It was messy and it ended badly. I have finally accepted the fact that I am at my very best when he is completely out of my life.
Third, I joined SparkPeople and took responsibility for my nutrition and fitness!
I set daily goals and purchased a FitBit Zip. I challenge myself everyday to get as many motivating rewards, trophies and badges as I possibly can because meeting my challenges makes me smile.
Life is a whole package, fixing just one thing if there are other things that are not working only does a little to benefit the whole. Our spiritual, emotional, mental, physical and financial health are all equally important and we deserve to be the best we can be and live our BEST life each and every day in all areas that make us whole.