I’m Giving These 3 Things Up This Year and It Feels So Good

One of the best things I did at the start of last year was to think of certain mindsets I wanted to leave behind. I can happily say that I REALLY focused on getting rid of those mindsets in 2018, and I no longer consider them part of my life. Yay!

Another way to go into a new year focusing on what you want to accomplish, feel, or work on is thinking of certain things to leave behind. There are, of course, goals and a list of things you want to add to your life, but I also like thinking of what I can subtract. For some reason, that, along with what I want to add, really helps me to create a holistic and healthy feel for the new year.

Here’s what I’m leaving behind or giving up this year:

Being afraid of fruit

This actually makes me LOL typing out because it sounds kind of silly, right? Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of negativity surrounding fruit and eating too much of it (too much sugar), so I’ve honestly kind of strayed from it. But what I’ve realized is that it’s not like I’m NOT eating sugar. I’m reaching for something sweet after dinner, consistently.

So after talking to my doctor about how to healthfully eat fruit, I’m bringing it back into my life by way of banana in my green smoothies, an orange with lunch or fresh-squeezed juice, or berries to satisfy that sweet tooth in the evening. It’s a lot healthier than gummy bears and I’ve honestly missed eating more of it!

Unnecessary worrying

I’ve been open about my struggles with anxiety (here and here too), and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed it stretching into different aspects of my life. I will literally think about potential traffic days before I know I have to be somewhere at 6 p.m. Or I’ll think about my sleeping situation on a trip week in advance.

I’m learning that not only is this unhealthy – it makes me uptight, stressed, and it weighs on those around me. And for a girl who is pretty damn laid-back, it’s almost changing my personality (which I happen to like!).

So I’m focusing on FLOW this year and trying to go with the flow more often. It’s only been a couple weeks and I’ve already gotten to test this out many times. Happy to report that so far, so good. I basically just let it go from my mind the second the worrying starts and repeat the mantra, “flow”.

TV while working

I never used to watch TV while working…and then I got pregnant. I spent lots of the first trimester on the couch trying to keep food down. Since I still had to work, I’d grab my computer and end up working from the couch.

Even after the nausea passed, I noticed I formed a bad habit of working in front of the TV in the afternoons. Not only did this kill my back (not supportive), but I’ve found that work takes me a lot longer when I’m not single-tasking. Back to my desk it is!

What are you giving up this year?



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  1. I am totally on board with changing my unnecessary worrying. These past few months I have noticed that my worrying and anxiety has taken over my way of thinking. This year I am definitely being committed to eliminating it.

  2. Oh this is such an interesting and new approach to this whole new years resolutions thing! I must admit I had to giggle a bit when I read the passage about your “fear” of fruit, but it is great that you talked to a doctor about it and are now incorporating it into your diet again!
    I am leaving behind one habit that is quite similar to the one you describe in the second passage. It’s really funny, because I call it “go with the flow more”, but it essentially means the same thing: I am trying not to worry about things that I can not change right now this second or are not relevant yet and take every day as it is – such a great challenge for 2019, that I am really excited for!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx Janine

  3. Oh my god my anxiety needs to just STOP because it will manifest into physical pain in my body. Not just muscle pain but I’ll literally get GASTRITIS. It’s so awful.

    As for the fruit. I’m currently using Dr. Mona’s Green Smoothie recipe!! It’s on her youtube. Super yummy and fruit has TONS of fiber (at least the ones she puts in there). 🙂 Good luck!

  4. Ahaha, fruits! Well, I will try to make my life more slower, to enjoy the little things much more, less stress, worries and no non-stop working. Also will try to reduce social media usage, especially Instagram, and will spend more time with my friends and family 🙂 Hopefully!

    Bri | https://blog.brigitadaisy.com

  5. It must be in the zeitgeist, I’ve adopted ‘Flow’ as my mantra too, to try and let go of my anxiety, trust the moment and be more in the flow of things. Happy New Year.

  6. Definitely need to worry less, especially about things that is out of my control. I’m better than I was before, but there is still something to work with 🙂 Can’t blame you for being afraid of fruit when you read all the negative about it, but there’s so much many benefits as well!

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