A New Year: Giving Yourself Time in a Fast Paced World


Hi everyone and happy new year! I hope that the holidays granted all of you much needed quality time with your families and friends. I have been pondering a topic to write about for this new year that is now upon is. One thing thing that I don't like about many new years resolutions is that they may be "productivity-driven" ex. get more work done, do more etc. I have struggled with this concept recently and found that I have been drawn to doing less, simplifying, and becoming more mindful with my actions and goals - instead of trying to do more. 

If this resonates with you, I challenge you to give yourself more time with whatever you are doing - and slow down the process. Many meaningful things in life don't happen overnight and are a product of small, repetitive and simple actions. 

This brings me to the concept of both "outer success" and "inner success". Outer successes  looks like material goods that you may have achieved/acquired: ex. good-paying job, a house, going out for meals and trips. Switching the focus, we look at inner success as developing skills like mindfulness, cultivating more meaningful relationships and love, establishing a better sense of self and your own boundaries. Another great example of inner success is challenging yourself to focus more on your activities of enjoyment and hobbies that give you a sense of satisfaction (ex. cooking, yoga/exercise, learning about new topics, crafting, spending more time with family & good friends).  

So instead of creating a sense of urgency to accomplish new goals and do MORE, cut some slack for yourself and let yourself naturally gravitate to those activities that help replenish you, focusing on less and more so the QUALITY instead of QUANTITY. Don't rush the process. Good things come when you allow yourself the time. Perhaps you are going through a hard time whether physically, mentally, financially or with relationships. Give yourself the time for the answers to come to you as you give into the natural ebb and flow of life, instead of forcing it. 

Over the past year, when going through struggles, my friend reminded me a lovely thought to ponder: "You are a human being. Not a human doing"

Some other thoughts to enjoy on this concept: 

"Time has a way of showing us what matters in life"

"I hope I never get tired of thunderstorms, the night sky, of watching cream make galaxies in my coffee. I hope I never grow to be someone who can no longer see the small beautiful things"

"Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once but rather one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done."

As some of you may be aware - in the past while I suffered a head injury/concussion that affected many facets of my life and activities of daily living. This affected my visual and vestibular system, so tasks that put pressure on these systems (which are alot!) are now more of a challenge for me and require me to adapt because of dizziness and pain. Because of this, I've decided to "Give Myself the Time" in 2018 and although I have thoroughly enjoyed my time practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor, I am taking a temporary leave from practice to aid in my recovery. I will still be posting periodically on many health topics I enjoy, with the long-term goal of returning to full practice over the next year. 

I've appreciated the respect that many of my friends and colleagues have given me in my recovery, and do hope to give back many things that I have learned that have been helping me in my mind-body healing process. 

So if this past year hasn't given you the "outer success" that you  may have wished for, now would be a great opportunity to work on your "inner successes" such as developing a peace of mind, patience for others, love/empathy and giving yourself the time to spend on activities/hobbies you enjoy to create a meaningful life. 

Happy New Year and Wishing You All The Best in 2018!